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Dr. Lawrence Scott
Dr. Lawrence Scott was chosen San Antonio Business Journal's 2018 Man of the Year. After a record number of entries for the San Antonio Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award, Dr. Scott was chosen for his work with A&M-SA and the Community for Life Foundation, a non- profit that has given over half a million dollars in scholarships.
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ELP Welcomes the Return of Dr. Garza
Dr. Esther Garza received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, a Master of Arts in Bilingual-Bicultural Education from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
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New Faculty- Dr. Gavin Watts
Gavin Watts is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. Dr. Watts received his B.S. in Special Education from Illinois State University, his M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and obtained his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education & Emotional-Behavioral Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin.
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New Faculty- Dr. Amanda Lindner
Amanda Lindner has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.
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New Faculty- Dr. Maria V. Acevedo-Aquino
María V. Acevedo-Aquino is an assistant professor of Early Childhood. Her research explores the use of global literature and cultural artifacts to support young children’s intercultural understanding and the portrayal of Latinx, especially Puerto Ricans, in children’s literature.
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SAISD Cohort 1 Graduates
In 2016, San Antonio Independent School District, through a partnership with A&M-SA, developed a cohort of teachers who completed their Masters of Science in Reading degree in 2018.
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The Jaguar Literacy Conference included a night in which preservice and graduate students could showcase Great Ideas for Teachers. The participants included Early Childhood preservice teachers and graduate students in the Reading program.

Equity. Empowerment. Engagement. Today. Tomorrow. Together = E 3T 3

The Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation focuses on the preparation of highly effective teachers in the areas of Bilingual Education, Special Education, Reading Specialization, Kinesiology, and Early Childhood with a Bachelor of Science and/or Master’s degrees at the EC-6, 4-8 and 7-12 levels.  Currently there are over 383 students pursuing degrees in these areas through the Ready From Day One Teacher Preparation and Certification program.   There are two teacher preparation models:  The Cohort Model and the Flex Model.   The Cohort Model is a highly structured design that requires the student to meet three criteria:  1.) A GPA of 2.75 ;   2.) completion of pre-requisites prior to Field Based Residency I and  3.) an interview to determine selection readiness.  Students selected for the Cohort Model are assigned to one district, with a best practice teacher for 18 months, where they do their field based residency and student teaching.    In the Flex Model  a student is required to meet criteria 1 and 2 from the Cohort Model, but has the option to receive his/her field based residency and student teaching experience in more than one district and school.

A Graduate Teacher Certification and Preparation (GTCP) program is also offered in the Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation.  In this program, graduate students can be certified in the areas of Bilingual Education, Special Education, Kinesiology, Reading Specialization and Early Childhood.  Additionally, students in the program can receive a Master’s degree in any one of these areas at the elementary and secondary levels.


For more information, please contact:

The Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation
Senator Frank Madla Building Room 221
One University Way
San Antonio, Texas 78224
(210) 784-2507

 Dr. Debbie Vera, Department Chair, (210) 784-2546   Debbie.Vera@tamusa.edu