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.” 

 

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

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 an assortment of 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.

 

PROGRAM COMPARISON

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

This learning module examines evidence-based instructional planning. The module explores the Texas K-12 curriculum (the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.

MODULE 2: INTRODUCTION TO INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

This learning module emphasizes the importance of instructional practice that reflects a deep belief that all children, including students with disabilities and English language learners, can achieve if provided with cognitively demanding learning tasks

that fairly and equitably optimize student learning.

MODULE 3: INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT THROUGH UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING

This learning module introduces educational neuroscience as the foundation of instructional planning and assessment practices for teachers. Classroom assessment drives instructional quality and effectiveness through

data-driven educational practices.

MODULE 4: CONTENT PEDAGOGY ACROSS

ALL CURRICULUM AREAS

This learning module introduces evidence-based pedagogy across all school curriculum areas. Cross-disciplinary pedagogy is examined in light of research findings of the national Institute for Education Sciences.

MODULE 5: FIELD OBSERVATIONS AND

TExES PREPARATION

This module includes a school-based observation component and preparation for the TExES EXAMSThis module must be completed at the Pass Level in order to qualify to sit for the TExES Content and PPR exams. 

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM SELECTION

Practicum Length: 14 Weeks or One Academic Year 

To earn the Texas Standard Teacher Certificate, teacher candidates must complete one Professional Practicum. Candidates may complete a Professional Practicum (One Academic Year) as a Probationary/Intern Teacher earning a full teacher salary and benefits or an unpaid Clinical Teaching Professional Practicum (14 Weeks). Clinical Teachers are basically “Student Teachers” who complete a 14 week practicum under the supervision of a certified, veteran educator.

Many school paraprofessionals select the 14 week practicum.

TEXAS STANDARD TEACHER CERTIFICATE COURSE

Preparation Effort: 1-3 Months

Format: Online or Face-to-Face

 
 
 

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