EPP Coronavirus FAQ
Frequently asked questions about TWU’s Educator Preparation Program (EPP) requirements and COVID-19
Please be aware of recent changes to TWU’s reporting requirements and self-screening guidelines. Those can be found, along with more information for general students, international students and others, at twu.edu/coronavirus.
I have questions that need answers. Are the Offices of Educator Preparation Services and Clinical Practices closed?
Can I schedule a face-to-face meeting with an administrator, faculty or staff member in COPE?
In order to maximize safety and reduce the risk of exposure, virtual meetings are preferred.
You can request a virtual meeting with an OEPS advisor. For other virtual appointments, send an email directly to the person with whom you would like to meet.
How do I complete my admissions interview virtually?
The admissions interview instructions are included in the TWU EPP Application in Tk20. When you follow the instructions to set up an appointment for the interview, a Google Meet appointment will be generated automatically.
What can I expect while completing student teaching, internship, or practicum during the Fall 2020 semester?
Currently, there have been no changes to these required assignments. You will follow the lead of your assigned district and cooperating/mentor teacher, which may require you to engage in face-to-face teaching, virtual instruction, or a combination of the two. You may be asked to record yourself teaching via Zoom or other forms of video technologies. Your field supervisor may also observe you in virtual settings, both synchronously and asynchronously.
Will TWU provide any PPE for student teachers, interns, or candidates completing professional practicums?
TWU will provide one washable mask per student teacher, intern, or professional candidate.
Please contact Geneva Dow-Quincy at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to pick up your mask.
What if I question my safety in schools while completing student teaching, internship, or professional practicum?
Participating schools assure TWU that all recommended efforts will be undertaken to maximize safety and reduce risk. Currently, these assignments are still required by the State of Texas. As such, student teaching, internships, and practicums must be completed in full in order for a student to meet EPP requirements and be recommended for certification.
Delaying the assignment until the following semester is also an option. Each teacher candidate and/or professional certification candidate will need to weigh the risks involved in his/her own situation.
Are student teaching seminars going to be delivered virtually?
Yes, all seminars will be conducted virtually.
Please check your TWU email for updates and information related to the class schedule, as well as for all clinical student teaching, internship, and professional practicum requirements. Click here for the clinical student teaching seminar dates.
What happens if I am in contact with someone who was exposed to Covid-19 or I become sick?
Students are required to report all suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19, as well as any close, prolonged exposure to individuals who may have COVID-19. Use this confidential form to report.
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