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SOE Director's Message

Dr. Colleen SwainWelcome to the School of Education website! Within these pages, you'll gain information about how the faculty and students within the School of Education are making a difference in our local community and the education profession. For this fall 2014 message, I want to address the national educational policy climate.

The last few years have certainly been interesting ones for those of us in education.  Educational policy, think tanks, and other organizations groups are calling for changes in the preparation of teachers, both for initial and advanced certifications.  The quest of some of these organizations is to diminish, and sometimes negate completely, the impact of university-based teacher education programs and to open the opportunities for for-profit groups to provide teacher certification.  Nevertheless, School of Education faculty continue in their efforts to advance teacher education and address pressing educational problems.  As the Director of the School of Education, I want to assure you of the quality of teacher preparation programs provided by the School of Education at UT Tyler.  Let me share some information about our programs:

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs: 

  • Students in our initial teacher preparation programs experience a mediated induction approach to fieldwork.  That means as our students progress in their degree program, they students spend more and more time in classrooms working with students along with their academic coursework.  A classroom mentor teacher and university supervisor supervise each student.  We know that carefully meshing the academic content students learn with experiences in the field allows for stronger teachers to be prepared. 
  • Students are taught by UT Tyler faculty, not part-time personnel, enabling program-long relationships to be built and developed. 
  • Students receive an abundance of resources to assist with their preparation for certification exams.
  • These initial teacher preparation programs have state accreditation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), state accreditation, and national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

 Master of Education in Reading

  • This is an online degree program allowing busy practicing educators to grow and refine their knowledge in the field of reading.
  • This program is designed based upon the International Reading Association standards and requirements set forth by the Texas Education Agency.  Students in this program can earn an additional reading certification.
  • Students receive significant support and supervision as they complete the required practicum hours in this degree.
  • This advanced teacher certification program has state accreditation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), state accreditation, and national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

 Master of Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification

  • This is an online degree program allowing teachers who desire to become educational diagnosticians to meet that goal. 
  • This degree program is designed based upon the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards for educational diagnosticians and the requirements established by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Students learn the newest assessments used by practicing educational diagnosticians in educational organizations and school districts.
  • This is a very innovative online program due to the camera shots provided as students learn to administer, score, diagnosis, and report results of various assessments.  For example, when learning how to administer an assessment, three screens are provided:  a screen showing what the test administrator is doing, a screen on the assessment, and a screen on the person being tested.  Additional videos show how to score and interpret each video.
  • Students receive significant support and supervision as they complete the required practicum hours in this degree.
  • This advanced teacher certification program has state accreditation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), state accreditation, and national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

 Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

  • This online degree program allows practicing educators to advance their knowledge about teaching and learning as well as specialize in a specific area.  Often secondary teachers elect to take a specialization in their content area to become eligible to teach dual credit courses at the high school.
  • Students also have the opportunity to specialize in areas that propel them to the front edge of content related to teaching and learning.  Examples of these specializations include: Academic Coaching; STEM; Special Education; and Reading.
  • Students in this degree program are exposed to numerous web technologies that benefit not only their learning but enhance the teaching and learning environment of their own K-12 classrooms.
  • This advanced teacher degree program has state accreditation by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), state accreditation, and national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

 For all of our master’s programs, although the delivery platform is at a distance, students are highly connected with faculty and fellow students as part of their program.  I hope that you will explore our website to learn more about the high quality degree programs offered in the School of Education at UT Tyler.

 Finally, even though the quality of degree programs is high and the content is sound, faculty within the School of Education work to continuously improve these programs to prepare the next generation of teacher needed in Texas and across our nation.  We encourage you to come along with us on these new pathways to excellence.

Sincerely,

Colleen Swain
Professor and Director
cswain@uttyler.edu

 

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