Teacher Education

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

  1. Appropriately explain the impact of effective planning and communication (within the chosen area of concentration) to relevant internal and external stakeholders in an education or community setting.
  2. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Identify, select, and implement entry-level instructional plans when serving as an instructor in the school setting.
  3. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Successfully manage organizational and student behavior when teaching in the school setting.
  4. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Efficiently and accurately assess student progress and use data to develop and modify instruction for K-12 students.
  5. (For those students seeking initial educator certification) Work effectively and collaboratively with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

M.A.T. in Teaching

  1. Effectively create a classroom environment with both respect and rapport; this environment fosters a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence (PPR Standard 2; T-TESS Standard 3).
  2. Effectively promote student learning by providing responsive instruction using effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process, and feedback that is both timely and of high quality (PPR Standard 3; T-TESS Standard 2).
  3. Effectively teach in accordance with the professional roles and responsibilities expected of an initial educator and adhere to the legal and ethical requirements of the profession (PPR Standard 4; T-TESS Standard 4).

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

  1. Assess, evaluate, and retain the human capital on a campus or within a school district to ensure that high-quality teachers and staff are coached, provided with targeted professional development, and evaluated with multiple data sources.
  2. Provide resilient executive leadership through change as they continuously seek to improve and reflect on personal goals. Graduates will also learn to communicate to different audiences while ensuring positive relationships, and demonstrate good moral character while following the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators.
  3. Establish, implement, and promote a shared vision and productive culture to (a) ensure high expectations for students and staff and (b) promote social and emotional support for students while engaging families and community members in student learning. Additionally, graduates will have the skills to encourage a safe school environment that promotes civility and student discipline.
  4. Collaborate to create and promote clear campus or district goals aligned with the school and district vision and that allow for continuous improvement of teachers and students through strategic planning. Graduates will ensure that (a) students’ learning time is maximized and (b) the needs of the school are monitored while collaborating with district staff to ensure compliance with all district, state, and federal policies, codes, and laws (Texas Education Agency's Texas Principal Standards, 2019, paragraphs 1-5).

M.Ed. in Special Education

  1. Effectively support those implementing evidence-based practices in the classroom.
  2. Collaboratively support the needs of students with disabilities and their families inside and outside of the education setting.
  3. (For those students seeking Educational Diagnostician certification) Knowledgeably, accurately, and effectively evaluating students for special education services.
  4. (For those students seeking Educational Diagnostician certification) Appropriately supporting and advocating for students and families during the special education eligibility determination process, applying knowledge of relevant cultural and linguistic considerations throughout.

M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum

  1. Effectively design, implement, and evaluate instructional interventions based on research-based strategies and results from targeted data collection including formative assignments, standardized test scores, district-level data, and other internal and external data sources.
  2. Effectively propose, conduct, and evaluate independent action or clinical research based on reviews of current literature, needs in the field, and applicability.
  3. Work collaboratively with students, families, colleagues, administrators, and community stakeholders to effect meaningful change in schools and districts, appropriately using data to guide decisions and evaluate progress.

Ph.D. in Special Education

  1. Effectively manage leadership opportunities related to the teaching, service, and scholarship efforts of those who support the education of students with disabilities and their families.
  2. Accurately design, implement, and evaluate independent research related to special education and disseminate research results to the appropriate audience in an effort to bridge the research-to-practice gap in the field of special education.
  3. Articulate and take advantage of service opportunities where their professional expertise is needed and valued, thus improving the education and life outcomes for learners with disabilities and their families.

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