This course focuses on understanding learning theories and aligning effective teaching strategies that address the needs of all students. Included in this course will be a variety of diversity issues which focus on curricular, instructional, managerial and assessment techniques. Use of educational technologies in teaching and learning will be incorporated.
This course is designed for graduate students in the emergency permit or alternative certification program seeking initial teacher certification. The focus is on the reading process and the factors that condition its development. The importance of reading in school and in life serves as a background for critical evaluation of the methods and materials of reading instruction. Special consideration is given to the essential components of research-based programs and the features of classrooms that support effective beginning reading instruction.
This course will introduce the student to educational technology and current research on critical issues, trends, diffusion and adoption of technology and history and theoretical foundations of the field. Students will identify, develop and apply a variety of technological skills congruent to their educational technology philosophy.
Your Path to Complete the Certification
Step 1. Complete Observation Hours and Coursework
- Complete 30-hours of required field experience in the content area or grade level you are pursuing.
- Submit the completed log sheet and reflection questions to the Teacher Certification Office.
- You cannot begin your teaching assignment until this is complete.
Pre-Internship Training Requirement Courses
- Complete 4 of the 6 alternative certification courses prior to a paid internship or clinical teaching.
- You must have a minimum of 3.0 on all coursework.
Pass the TExES content test
- The Trades and Industry test is combined with the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Test, #370, which you’ll need to pass.
- Note: Registration in EDCI 515 or EDCI 415 is required during a paid internship or clinical student teaching. For those of you who have not completed a bachelor's degree will need to be enrolled in EDCI 415.
Step 2. Complete Teaching Assignment Requirement
Choose one of the following two options:
- Complete one-year paid internship as a teacher of record.
- Candidates will apply for positions through the district or region service center.
- Complete a one-semester unpaid clinical student teaching assignment.
- The alternative certificate program representative will assist with your application and placement.
During the first semester of your teaching assignment, you must enroll in EDCI 515 or EDCI 415.
Supervision and Fees
All paid interns and clinical student teachers will be supervised by a University Supervisor and Campus Mentor.
- An internship fee of $1000 per semester is assessed during paid internship/clinical student teaching.
Step 3. Completion Checklist
- Complete any remaining courses.
- All tuition and fees for the university, certification agency and program must be paid prior to obtaining certification.
- Contact the Educator Certification Office during your final semester.
- They will verify that all requirements are completed.
- After the verification, you will receive information about how to apply for certification via the Texas Education Agency.