Department of Educator Preparation
The Huston-Tillotson University Educator Preparation Program offers teacher preparation designed to meet the needs of undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Studies or Academic Specializations. Meeting the new standards approved by the State Board for Educator Certification, September 2002, the Program offers 12 certification areas.
For prospective teachers with at least a Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS), our Alternative Teacher Certification Program is available.
The Educator Preparation Program at Huston-Tillotson University is framed within a social justice perspective that enhances educator candidate’s ability to apply research-based pedagogy in a wide range of educational settings. To fulfill this mission, the educator candidates engage in field-based experiences with diverse pop ulations through collegial relationships, reciprocal dialogue, and authentic practices. HT educator candidates emerge as professionals with the competence and com mitment to participate in and contribute to a complex and changing society. This program is committed to ethics and excellence in teaching, research, and service.
General Program Requirements
The Educator Preparation program prepares certification-seeking professionals for educational, societal, and technological teaching needs through a holistic curriculum. Integrating field-based experiences through the theoretical/pedagogical course delivery is a hallmark of the Huston-Tillotson University program. Particular attention is given to effective decision-making and best-practices for tomorrow’s classrooms. Program goals provide students a nurturing learning environment in which they may explore:
- Extensive supervised field-based and laboratory experiences that empower teachers with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes necessary to guide and instruct the diverse needs of all learners.
- Opportunities to learn professional practices, legal responsibilities, and the organizational structure of the education profession that produces teachers who are at the forefront of educational innovation and are a valued member of an educational team.
- Instructional activities that develop levels of expertise beyond the required standards for educator testing and certification.
Requirements for Undergraduates Seeking Teacher Certification
As the State of Texas mandates specific academic requirements for persons seeking teacher certification, students should plan lower-division coursework schedules carefully. In order to obtain adequate counsel from Educator Preparation faculty, students interested in attaining Texas teacher certification are encouraged to declare a major early in their University sequence. However, declaring a major is not synonymous with admittance into the Educator Preparation program. Students desiring certification through the Educator Preparation program MUST comply with the program’s three-step admission process.
In compliance with state requirements, the degree awarded for candidates completing the Educator Preparation Program is:
Every educator candidate must complete a bachelor’s degree with an academic major or education major as well as the Professional Development sequence of educator preparation courses. Candidates who fulfill degree requirements are designated Program Completers and recommended for Texas Teacher Certification.
March 15 (Fall admission)
October 15 (Spring admission)
Student Teaching Applications:
March 1 (Fall semester)
October 1 (Spring semester)
Professional Recommendation (minimum of 3 for application)
Cooperating Teachers Training Module (TBA)
|Link||Dr. Deanna C.||Mercer||Assistant Professor of Educator Preparationemail@example.com||Evans 104E|
|Link||Dr. Eric||Budd||Assistant Professor of Educator Preparationfirstname.lastname@example.org||Evans 104C|
|Link||Dr. Jan||Seiter||Director of the Alternative Teacher Certification Programemail@example.com||Evins 200|
|Link||Dr. Rita||Mitchell||Associate Professor of Educator Preparationfirstname.lastname@example.org||Evans 211|
|Link||Dr. Ruth||Kane||Interim Chair of Educator Preparation/Associate Professoremail@example.com||Evans 104A|
|Link||Mr. Raymond||Rose||Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Coordinator of Instructional Technology/Distance Educationfirstname.lastname@example.org||E-H 211|