LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the teacher candidate will demonstrate pedagogical knowledge of:

*UDL principles as measured by achieving a score of 16/20 on a multiple response assessment.

*TEKS-based instructional planning as measured by achieving a score of 16/20 on a multiple response assessment.

*Special education as measured by achieving a score of 16/20 on a multiple response assessment.

*ESL methodology as measured by achieving a score of 16/20 on a multiple response assessment.

*UDL-based SMART learning objectives as measured by achieving a score of 16/20 on a multiple response assessment.

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The professional educator creates universally-designed, TEKS-based instructional plans that accommodate learner variability by adapting content, methodologies, and assessments to ensure equitable access to the general curriculum for all K12 students, including those with diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs.

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION

Before beginning the Program Coursework, make sure you have forwarded all official university/college TRANSCRIPTS to Administrative Services. We need all official transcripts to recommend you for a Texas Intern, Probationary, or Standard Teacher Certificate. Next, spend a few minutes reading the COURSE SYLLABUS AND TEACHER CANDIDATE HANDBOOK. After reading these documents, please complete and submit the PROGRAM COMMITMENT AGREEMENT. Next, create a TEAL ACCOUNT AND TEA ID# if you do not already have one established for you. You will use this account to apply for TEA certification(s) and TExES examination requests.

Since you have been admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, you may apply for a TEACHER POSITION in your preferred school district to complete the Professional Practicum requirement for certification. If you want to complete CLINICAL (STUDENT) TEACHING to satisfy the Professional Practicum requirement, EMAIL us so we can guide you through the placement process. All teacher candidates admitted to The Texas Institute for Teacher Education are eligible for hire but will need to pass a TExES Content exam to qualify for a TEA-issued Intern Teacher Certificate. We approve teacher candidates to take the TExES exams after completing all Program Coursework tasks.

Teacher candidates who pass both the TExES Content and TExES PPR exams qualify for a TEA-issued Probationary Teacher Certificate. Learn more about the types of TEA TEACHER CERTIFICATES. After passing the TExES Content exam, your STATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY (SOE) will become active. Please submit it with all employment applications. If you want to apply for a teacher position but do not yet have an active SOE, simply submit your LETTER OF ADMISSION with employment applications. International bilingual education teacher candidates seeking a H1B visa will need to submit this LETTER OF ATTESTATION with employment applications. After completing these tasks, check your understanding of this information by completing the first assessment.

Future classroom educators fulfill professional roles and responsibilities by affirming the importance of continuing professional development, adhering to ethical and legal requirements, and establishing positive interactions and communications with families/school personnel. Every educator must maintain a strong commitment to life-long learning to enhance content and pedagogical knowledge. Professional learning does not end with program completion and the TEA-issued Texas Standard Teacher Certificate. This certificate must be renewed every five years and is contingent upon the successful completion of 200 hours of professional development. You will acquire these hours through school-based professional development opportunities. As you progress through your career, use this example of a PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO OR PLAN to document your participation in various types of professional development opportunities (e.g., conferences, workshops, reading journals, joining professional associations, attending conferences, engaging in university coursework, etc). Self-assessment will enhance your teaching effectiveness and contribute to positive student learning outcomes. All TXITE teacher candidates are eligible for free membership in the TEXAS CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, which includes full access to all TCTA programs, including TCTA’s legal services and professional liability insurance coverage. Additional benefits inlcude: 

  • Comprehensive protection package for educators: $8 million in professional liability insurance, $2 million in civil rights coverage, $250,000 teacher defense fund.

  • Staff attorneys are a phone call away to help you with job-related issues.

  • Focus is on the classroom, with more than 90 years representing teachers and instructional staff.

  • Advocacy by the state’s leading education lobby team.

  • Free online continuing education hours with relevant subject matter.

  • Award-winning publications to keep you in the know, including the information-packed Survival Guide.

 

A successful career in education is contingent upon adherence to the ethical and legal requirements for educators in Texas. You must read and thoroughly understand the CODE OF ETHICS AND STANDARD PRACTICES FOR TEXAS EDUCATORS as adopted by the TEXAS STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION. Your knowledge of ethical and legal requirements will help you serve as a strong advocate for students and the profession. Additionally, every successful educator understands the importance of family engagement and involvement in the learning process. It is very difficult to meet instructional goals without effectively and regularly communicating with FAMILIES AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL. Preserve the confidentiality and accuracy of SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL RECORDS to avoid potential issues and difficulties in school settings.

Your professional development begins with a review of state teaching and learning standards: the TEXAS TEACHER STANDARDS, PEDAGOGY AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES STANDARDS, AND the Texas Essential knowledge and Skills (TEKS) available within the TEKS RESOURCE SYSTEM. The content includes curriculum components and sample unit assessment items aligned to the most current versions of the State Board of Education-adopted standards (TEKS) for the following subject areas:

  • English Language Arts and Reading (K-12)

  • Spanish Language Arts and Reading (K-5)

  • Mathematics (K-12)

  • Science (K-12)

  • Social Studies (K-12)

  • Spanish translated versions of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and SLAR (K-5)

 

 

 

MODULE 2: INTRODUCTION TO INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

Unfortunately, first year teachers typically have difficulty with CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, the foundation of effective teaching and successful student learning. Minimize classroom disruptions by creating a classroom environment of respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence. Establish safe and inclusive classroom routines and procedures that promote student learning, accessibility, and productivity. Make sure your classroom arrangement stimulates learning and is accessible to all students. Only post items on classroom walls that promote learning and do not distract student attention. Note that if it is important enough to be on the wall, it is important enough to be immediately accessible, e.g., on a student desk. Successful classroom managers develop procedures and consequences for managing and using materials, supplies, and technology. To do this, spend the first few days of the new school year establishing procedures and consequences for behavioral expectations, especially during school/classroom transitions.  Involve students in this activity to ensure their ownership of classroom rules and procedures.                                                                                                                                                                

To ensure positive student learning outcomes, classroom educators must create, deliver, and evaluate instruction appropriate for all students that reflects an understanding of EDUCATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE research and offers a framework that integrates what we know about the LEARNING BRAIN to inform the design of environments that support all learners. The teacher promotes student learning by providing responsive instruction that makes use of effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process, and timely, high-quality feedback. Instructional planning begins with UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING, an evidence-based teaching and learning framework. See UDL in action by viewing this short VIDEO. Browse these websites, UDL EXCHANGE and CAST to discover invaluable UDL resources for instructional planning.

 

 

 

MODULE 3: UDL AND INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING

Inclusive instructional practices reflect a deep belief that all K12 students can achieve if provided with cognitively demanding learning tasks that fairly and equitably optimize the learning process. Understanding the fundamentals of INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING and ASSESSMENT is the key to implementing UDL across all curriculum areas.  Use these UDL STRATEGIES to create your classroom LESSON PLANS and SMART TEKS-BASED LEARNING GOALSLearn about METHODS, BARRIERS AND UDL SOLUTIONS to help you meet the learning needs of all students. Since learner variability is as unique as the human fingerprint, every educator needs to know how to meet the unique learning needs of all students, especially students with exceptional learning needs. General education classrooms are very inclusive and routinely serve students with mild to moderate disabilities. For this reason, you must be very familiar with SPECIAL EDUCATION SEVRICES, PROCEDURAL SSAFEGUARDS, AND TEA REGULATIONS. ALthough You might teach in a general education classroom, be fully prepared to teach and advocate for students with disabilities, such as SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES, DYLEXIA, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS, and EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL DISABILITIES. All classroom in Texas serve English Language Learners (students who are acquiring ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE). Explore the SIOP MODEL for teaching these students in general education classrooms, including ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS WITH DISABILITIES AND LEARNING DIFFERENCES.

 

 

 

 

MODULE 4: UDL AND ASSESSMENT

As a future classroom educator, you must understand the major types of assessments and the professional guidelines for effective student assessment. Since assessment drives instructional planning, every classroom teacher must be familiar with DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS to and ASSESSMENT TERMS to understand the importance of  educational assessment. These ASSESSMENT TIPS created by CAST will help you discover the power of classroom assessment and the importance of using PROGRESS MONITORING to guide classroom assessment practices. At the campus level, RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION shapes school instructional and assessment practices. Finally, every Texas educators must be familiar with the state assessment program, STAAR, for ELEMENTARY and SECONDARY students.

 

 

 

 

MODULE 5: TEACHING LITERACY AND SOCIAL STUDIES

TASK 2: Learn about systematic READING INSTRUCTION and READING DISORDERS. TASK 3: To prepare for teaching SOCIAL STUDIES, review this presentation. TASK 4: These documents contain important information about HISTORICAL FIGURES and HISTORICAL CONCEPTS. TASK 4: Check out the TEXAS GATEWAY for teaching and lesson plan resources provided by TEA.

 

MODULE 6: TEACHING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE

TASK 2: Learn about teaching ALGEBRA and GEOMETRY. TASK 3: To prepare for teaching SCIENCE, review this presentation.To prepare for teaching SCIENCE, review this presentation. TASK 4: Check out the TEXAS GATEWAY for teaching and lesson plan resources provided by TEA.

 

MODULE 7: MULTIDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

TASK 2: Learn how to become an EFFECTIVE, CLASSROOM DECISION-MAKER. TASK 3: Learn how to build upon DIVERSITY within your classroom. TASK 4: Review these UDL TIPS to guide your instructional practices.

 

MODULES 8/9: FIELD OBSERVATIONS AND TEXES PEDAGOGY

TASK 2: Become familiar with the STANDARDS of the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) EC-12 examination. TASK 3: Learn more about the TExES PPR examination. TASK 4: Every teacher candidate must complete 30 clock hours of classroom observations. Please schedule these required hours with your preferred school district. Complete and submit this REQUEST LETTER to the school district's Human Resources Department. TASK 5: Use this CLASSROOM OBSERVATION LOG to document your observations. You may submit multiple logs for multiple observations.

Grab a cup of coffee and get started on your program coursework!

Since the coursework is self-paced, you can progress at your leisure.

To earn credit for the Program Coursework, all tasks must be completed unless granted an exemption based upon previous educational, work, or examination experiences.

Scroll down to see the coursework tasks.

Each step requires the completion of several tasks, including cumulative assessments.

You have unlimited attempts on all assessments.

To access a task, simply click on the BLUE AND UNDERLINED CAPITALIZED words.

All tasks, except those in the professional practicum, must be completed within one year of enrollment. 

 

Once all tasks are complete, please email Administrative Services for approval to take your TExES Content and TExES PPR Examinations (if not already passed). Once approved, register here for your TExES EXAMS.

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