EPP Coronavirus FAQ
Update: TWU’s procedures regarding COVID remain the same. We still require face coverings, social distancing, occupancy limits, COVID exposure reporting, in-person event approval and other protocols. These will remain in effect until further notice.
Update March 15, 2021, 9:30 a.m.: Student Health Services has received 1,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the Texas State Department of Health Services (DSHS). TWU is following the guidelines set forward by the state of Texas. As of March 15, the DSHS vaccine priority groups include:
- Phase 1A: Health care workers and support staff, EMS providers, pharmacy staff, public health and emergency response staff involved in COVID-19 testing or vaccination, and mortuary or death service providers.
- Phase 1B: People 65 years of age and older, people 16 and older with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and teachers, school staff, and childcare workers.
- Phase 1C: People 50 to 64 years of age.
Because vaccine supply continues to be limited, groups prioritization within the DSHS-defined phases is based on risk of direct COVID-19 exposure, risk of serious illness and death due to age and other factors, and the national priority to reopen schools. Members of the TWU community should check their TWU email accounts for more information, including how to register for the vaccine.
Based on these considerations, vaccinations at TWU will be provided in the following order of priority:
- Healthcare: Faculty, staff, and students providing direct patient care
- Childcare providers: TWU Clubhouse staff and student staff
- Faculty, staff, and students who work in preK-12, including student teachers
- Faculty, staff, and students 50 years of age and older
- Faculty, staff, and students with chronic medical conditions who are 18 and older
- Retirees and alumni with chronic medical conditions who are 18 and older
- Household family members of faculty, staff, and students with chronic medical conditions who are 18 and older
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 Spring 2021 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 email@example.com 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.
Page last updated 9:54 AM, March 17, 2021