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.
The primary objective of The Texas Institute for Teacher Education is to prepare highly qualified educators to meet the diverse learning needs of all K-12 students. Our graduates demonstrate mastery of the following professional practice domains:
Educational neuroscience implications for professional practice
Principles/theories/legal mandates that impact the professional practice of classroom educators
Individual learning differences/characteristics
Educational technology to support student learning
Data-driven and evidence-based instructional methodologies
Typical/atypical language development
Long/short-term instructional planning
Formative/summative instructional assessment
Evidence/standards-based instructional methodologies and interventions
Learning environment modification/adaptation
Professional administration and evaluation of K-12 school programs
Standards of professional development and ethical practice.