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CASE Center for Arts and Science Education. Interested in teaching high school?. CASE Staff David Vasquez – College of Liberal Arts Teacher Preparation 747-5290 Ana Lee Covey - College of Science Teacher Preparation 747-5032

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CASECenter for Arts and Science Education

Interested in teaching

high school?


David Vasquez – College of Liberal Arts Teacher Preparation


Ana Lee Covey - College of Science Teacher Preparation


Ellen Esposito - College of Science Teacher Preparation


Dr. Michele Levy - Student Teaching and Induction


Dr. Amanda DeGraff - Student Data and Testing


CASEMission Statement

CASE is dedicated to ensuring that future high school and EC-12 teachers are able to successfully complete the process of becoming certified teachers and are highly-qualified to educate their students. CASE will also actively engage faculty from the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, and Health Sciences in the teacher preparation program.

Services Provided:


Admission to teacher education

Preparation for UTEP qualifying and TExES certification exams

Clearance for state exams

Student teaching semester placements and oversight

Why Be a Teacher?

Make a difference

Mold our future

Inspire future generations

Very rewarding!

Job security

Work schedule

Summers off

Good compensation

Good benefits

High School Teaching Fields




Social Studies

English/Language Arts & Reading




All Levels (EC- 12) Certifications:






Physical Education

Occupational Outlook:

“Job prospects are expected to be favorable, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition.


The U.S. Dept. of Labor: Bureau of Labor & Statistics (2008) reports the following salaries earned by educators:

El Paso ISD – Fall- 2009

Starting salary: $43,000.00 (0 years experience)

Add $1,000.00 for a Masters

Signing bonus for math and science: $6,000.00 (for traditionally certified teachers)

Annual stipend  for math and science - $2,500.00

There is a stipend for teaching up to 5 classes of ESL in EPISD.  So if you teach all 5 classes, you will receive an $1,100.00 stipend.

Beginning administrator’s salary is $65,000.00

Dr. Georgia Lane, Director of Secondary Personnel and Recruiting

ESL Supplemental

Three additional courses will allow you to get an ESL endorsement:

Ling 4348 Analysis of Second language acquisition

Ling 3308 Structure of language for language professionals

Bed 4317 Teaching and empowering english language learners in secondary schools

Dr. Georgia Lane EPISD’s Director of Secondary Personnel and Recruiting

Social Studies, PE and Language Arts are usually very competitive content areas because there are so many candidates.

Shortage areas - Math, Science, French

UTEP Career Fairs

There are three job fairs at UTEP every year

College of Education has one each semester and consists of the districts in the El Paso region

University Career Services and the sponsors of Job Mine hosts a Career Fair every April in the Don Haskins

In the spring of 2009, sixty two school districts from around the state and nation participated.


College of Liberal Arts

Make an appointment with David Vasquez @ 747-5290

College of Science

Make an appointment with Ana Lee Covey @ 747-5290


Advising Mania with Dr. Pederson

Friday, February 26  7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday, March 26   10:00 am to 2:00 pm

“I Want to Coach”

Option I:

Major: Kinesiology/College of Health Sciences

Minor: EC-12 Education

Eligible for: Coaching/Teaching Kinesiology ONLY

Option II:

Major: Subject Area (i.e. History, English)

Minor: Secondary Education

Eligible for: Teaching that subject area AND coaching a sport

High School and EC-12 Education Classes:

The following education courses may be taken prior to admission into the Teacher Education Program.

SCED 3311 –Curriculum Planning in the Secondary School this should be taken before the Internship Semester. Requires 30 observation hours. *Music students see advisor.

RED 3342 –Reading and Study in the Content Area.

Content Methods Course –Methods courses vary by discipline. Please refer to your degree plan for your specific teaching methods course.

The following courses require admission to Teacher Education:

EDPC 3300 –Developmental Variations

SCED 3317 –Multicultural Education (Taken during student teaching semester in conjunction with SCED 4691)

SCED 4691/ TED 4696/ 4697/ 4698/ 4699 –Student Teaching

5 full days per week- Monday thru Friday

8-4 p.m.

15 weeks

How will you support yourself/family for that semester? PLAN NOW!

Teacher Education Admission Requirements:

English 1311, 1312 and Communication 1301/1302 with grades of “C” or better in each course.

Math 1319 or higher level math with a grade of “C” or better. (Math requirement varies by degree plan.)

The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) or Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) with passing scores on math (230), writing (220), and reading (230).

Completion of 60 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better.

To become a high school or EC-12 certified teacher in the state of Texas you must:

  • Take and pass UTEP Content and PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility) Qualifying exams

  • Take and pass Content and PPR TExES certification exams

  • Graduate from an accredited college

  • Register and pay for your teaching license

  • Pass a background check (you must also pass one to participate in your mandatory field observations and student teaching)

When do I prepare for my UTEP qualifying exams and my state (TExES) certification exams?

You learn most of the material covered in your content exam in your freshman and sophomore level classes. Start thinking about your exams as soon as you have completed 60 credit hours towards your degree.

Timeline to Become a Teacher

Apply to Teacher Education Program

Complete all courses except student teaching semester

Declare major. Take required math

Take THEA test

Apply for student teaching

Attend CASE “So you want to be a high school teacher!” workshop

Science majors- complete all lower division science courses

Prepare for & take UTEP content qualifying exam

Complete content and PPR UTEP qualifying and TExES teacher certification exams

Student Teaching and SCED 3317

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