Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation
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
Dr. Debbie Vera, Department Chair, (210) 784-2546 Debbie.Vera@tamusa.edu