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UTSA College of Education Human Development Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program
Agenda • Overview of Texas Standards • Fitness to Teach • Program Admission Requirements • Live Text • Field Experiences • Restricted courses • TExES Exams • Student Teaching • Contact Information
Overview of Texas Standards • Texas Education Agency (TEA) sets the standards for beginning teachers • Standards can be found at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us • TEA requires all teacher candidates to pass the TExES pedagogy and content area exams • Study guides for the exam can be found at: http://www.texes.ets.org/prepMaterials/
Overview contd. • Degree vs. Certification: • Requirements for each are different • Degrees are awarded by UTSA • Certificates are issued by the State of Texas upon recommendation of UTSA • All students will receive degree advising from COLFA or COS (PE and Health are the exception) • COEHD Advising Center assists students with meeting certification requirements
Fitness to Teach • Must be read prior to applying to the Teacher Certification Program • Fitness to Teach Policy addresses: • Academic Requirements • Personal and Professional Requirements • Cultural and Social Attitudes and Behavior • Physical Skills • Emotional and Mental Abilities • Policy can be found athttp://education.utsa.edu/certification_program/fitness_to_teach_policy/
Admission Requirements • Cumulative GPA must be a 2.5 or better • Have Junior Standing with at least 9 hours completed at UTSA • Core Complete • Purchase Live Text (please bring copy of receipt and key code to COEHD Advising Center)
Admission Requirements • Passing scores on THEA, ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, SAT or ACT
Admission Requirements • Earn a C or better in WRC 1023 • Earn a C or better in a public speaking course (WRC 1013, COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2113, or COM 2123) • Complete a Teacher Certification Program Application in ASAP • Submit authorization for a Texas Dept. of Public Safety Criminal Background Report
LiveText • An electronic assessment and portfolio system required for teacher candidates. • Provides user-friendly web-based tools for assessing, and measuring teacher candidates’ professional development throughout their program. • Also offers students a digital workspace to create assignments, journals, lessons, and e-portfolios that can be shared with future employers.
LiveText Continued • Cost of LiveText for $98 • Account is good for 5 years • Students will be required to attend LiveText Orientation • Students can go to http://education.utsa.edu/certification_program/livetext_support/ for LiveText support, orientation dates and FAQs.
Field Experience • Field Experience (field work) is time spent in an educational setting, usually a public school, in addition to regular class hours. • Field Experiences allow students to: • Develop teaching skills in the context of a school setting • Develop an understanding of the needs of diverse learners
Field Experience:What does it require? • Each student is required to complete a minimum number of hours of observation or participation per class, per semester • For example: • Reading courses: 20 hours • Curriculum and Instruction courses: 25-30 • Other courses: refer to the course description for details • Criminal background checks required
Restricted Courses • Must have all prerequisites completed AND be admitted to the teacher certification program • Restricted courses require advisor clearance and be obtained online by following the instructions found athttp://education.utsa.edu/Students/Advising/documents/OnlineInstructionstoRestrictedCourses.pdf
Advising Tips: Field Experiences and Restricted Courses • Plan carefully to make sure all prerequisites are met • Check course descriptions in the current catalog to determine course prerequisites • Build in travel time before and after field-based courses
Every student is required to fill out a criminal background check at the time of course registration. Please visit http://education.utsa.edu/field_experiences/background_checks/ to get the form and for more information about criminal background checks. If you have ever been arrested, it is very likely that the arrest(s) will appear when your background check is run. To learn more about how arrest(s) on your record can impact your ability to become a certified teacher, please visit http://education.utsa.edu/images/uploads/UTSA%20ADDENDUM%201(1).pdf Criminal History Background process COEHD courses that involve field experience require that a criminal history check be conducted before students are allowed to participate in or obtain class credit for field-based assignments.
TExES Certification Exams • Students are encouraged to complete all practice tests, reviews, and TExES exams the semester before student teaching • Information for practice exams, review sessions and state exam registration procedures can be found at http://education.utsa.edu/texes • For more information please contact the TExES Testing Office at 210-458-5849.
Student Teaching • A placement for student teaching requires attendance at a mandatory meeting ONE long semester in advance • Requirements and guidelines for student teaching and application information will be discussed and disseminated at meeting • Deadlines: • Spring Semester – October 1 • Fall Semester – February 15 • All coursework should be completed before student teaching
Student Teaching contd. • Student teaching is a full-time commitment and working while student teaching is highly discouraged • Student will be assigned to a school and cooperating teacher Monday-Friday for the entire semester • If you anticipate the need for financial aid assistance, contact COEHD Student Services at least 2 semesters before you student teach
COEHD Scholarships and Services • Visit COEHD Scholarship webpage and for assistance • http://education.utsa.edu/current_students/scholarships • Services offered: • Guidance in finding and applying for scholarships • A “Scholarship Alert” e-mail • Essay writing assistance • Be aware of application deadlines
Contact Information • Field Placement QuestionsGina Davis458email@example.com • Student Teaching Questions • Janet Scott firstname.lastname@example.org • TExES Exam Questions Cherie Weiss email@example.com • College of Educationhttp://coehd.utsa.edu • College of Sciencehttp://www.utsa.edu/cosuac/ • College of Liberal and Fine Artshttp://colfa.utsa.edu/advising/ • Certification Questions:458-6287 (1604) or 458-2550 (DT)http://coehd.utsa.edu • KIN Degree Advising458-4424 (1604) or 458-2550 (DT) • Student Services/ScholarshipsFrancesca Bronder458firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations!! • If you would like a printout of this tutorial, please visit:http://coehd.utsa.edu/students/advising/admin_U_T_C.htm • Close this window and return to ASAP • Take the brief quiz • Apply to the Teacher Certification program