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Curriculum

The program commits itself to provide a support system for teacher candidates for two years. Teacher candidates will receive 100% support until he/she passes all tests to be fully certified in the State of Texas.

The program has been designed to move the teacher preparation program from the 20th century to the demands of educating children to be strategic readers, strategic writers, independent thinkers, problem solvers, and self-directed learners. The teachers become the facilitators of their students’ learning process. The program’s core curriculum is based on research-based teaching techniques and principles. It has also been carefully aligned to the Texas to the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) and State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Responsibilities Standards I-IV.

The program has been designed to follow a scope and a sequence to provide Teacher candidates with the opportunity to continue building their knowledge and skills throughout their teacher preparation program.

The program lead trainer has more than thirty years of experience as: a classroom teacher, school principal, trainer of trainers, and trainer of teachers, teacher supervisor and researcher.

Highlights

Teacher applicants receive a letter of admission to begin job searching upon entering the program.

TExES test preparation.

EXCELLENT PASSING RATE!!!

Only $500 upfront required for enrollment.

Research-based learning and teaching practices.

High scores in STAAR test by program teachers.

Program Delivery

Teacher candidates will attend classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm), Saturdays (9:00 am – 3:00 pm). Classes will be held at 6455 Hiller St. Suite A-2. The lead trainer, Margarita Guerry, will be teaching the course. The pre-service training will be approximately 21 weeks of classroom instruction plus 30 clock hours of field experience plus 50 clock hours of staff development during the internship.

Tuesday and Thursday evening classes will be used to instruct teacher candidates on pedagogical theories and teaching strategies.

Saturday classes will be used to help teacher candidates establish a connection between theory and practice. The lead trainer will model teaching strategies to teacher candidates in a classroom setting.

Internship—-Internships start once a teacher candidate secures a job in a school district. During the internship, the program intern should acrue 50 clock hours professional development which is provided by school districts.
Teacher candidates will be prepared to secure a job as a full-time EC through 12th grade teacher of record under a probationary certificate in one of the nine districts in the El Paso area. Interns will also avail themselves of any district offered in-service held during this semester.

Interns will also get two visits in the fall and one visit in the spring which they will get to meet with their program mentor. These visits will allow the program mentor to model and guide the intern.

Post Internship—-May of 2006 & Beyond
The second year of mentoring will be conducted upon request by the program teacher.

WE ARE NOW OFFERING STUDENT/TEACHING OR CLINICAL TEACHING!

You can be fully certified in clinical teaching in 12 weeks full time or 24 weeks part-time rather than the full year of internship if you have met the program requirements and have passed the TExES.

Selection Criteria for Clinical Teachers/Students

Program students who have circumstances that are beyond their control:

  1. Military personnel or their spouses
  2. Program students who have not obtained employment for two or three consecutive years in a school as a teacher of record and/or student candidates who companies or their spouses have been transferred to another state or country.
  3. Program students who have completed 21 weeks of classroom instruction and 30 clock hours of field experience.
  4. Program students who passed all mandated TExES Exams for their initial certification.
  5. Program students who are able to pay the program fee $4,500 at the end of Clinical Teaching or the 12 weeks of clinical teaching.