Teaching Everyone Through Universal Design for Learning
The Texas Institute for Teacher Education exists to prepare competent and compassionate professional educators dedicated to serving the diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs of all students. Accordingly, the Institute is committed to the following tenets:
The preparation of professional educators equipped to meet the diverse educational needs of all children, particularly those with unique cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs.
The preparation of professional educators who recognize that collaboration and dialogue, the supreme hallmarks of the learning community, accentuate the design, delivery, and evaluation of effective classroom instruction.
The preparation of professional educators who recognize that culturally and linguistically responsive professional practice reflects a keen understanding of how human diversity issues impact the individualized learning process, including the acquisition of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.
The preparation of professional educators who employ differentiated, UDL-compliant instructional practices to create positive learning environments that value diversity, academic excellence, and the meaningful participation of all stakeholders.
Rationale: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA, 2008) describes UDL as a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practices that: (a) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways learners respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways learners are engaged; and (b) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all learners including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient. (20 U.S.C. § 1022d). We use the Innovation Configuration (IC) matrix created by the University of Florida Collaboration for Effective Educator, Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center to guide the design and delivery of our Educator Preparation Program.
National Standards: The Texas Institute for Teacher Education adheres to the national standards adopted by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The standards are: