OUR TEACHING AND LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
The conceptual framework, “Why UDL? Because every child deserves access to a personalized education,” drives the mission of the Institute to prepare highly qualified and effective professional educators equipped to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. Since learner variability is as unique as the human fingerprint, we effectuate our mission by preparing beginning educators to link current cognitive and neuroscience research to classroom instructional practices through
Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
UDL is a research-based, teaching and learning framework that harnesses the power and flexibility of modern technology to eliminate instructional barriers and promote inclusive classrooms. For example, the design of web pages for users with low vision make it easier for all to read. UDL drives our online course delivery design and enhances personalized learning. We encourage teacher candidates to select their preferred format for reviewing and completing tasks, such as using text, audio, video, and/or graphics across desktop, mobile, and tablet platforms. Since UDL fosters a sense of social, cognitive, and teaching presence within each course, our teacher candidates discover that we “practice what we preach.”
Texas Standard Teacher Certificate Course
Texas and US schools continue to grow, and certified classroom teachers are in high demand. Teacher candidates who complete our teacher certification program earn the highly coveted Texas Standard Teacher Certificate. This certificate transfers to all states through the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement.
Our programs include instructor-led, self-paced modules that offer live and recorded webinars, face-to-face workshops, interactive exercises, readings, case studies, self-assessments, and school observations to help you develop 21st century teaching skills. Instructor-led webinars provide qualitative context and connect you to a network of professional colleagues for career support. All instructors are veteran educators who hold advanced degrees in their academic specialties.