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Teacher Education is a valued program of study at the University of the Incarnate Word because it so directly addresses the mission  to which the University is committed.  The emphasis of the program incorporates a broad liberal arts education as a foundation for the more in-depth focus on academic teaching specializations and the body of knowledge associated with the teaching and learning process.  The program prepares individuals for a profession in which they can affect society in significant, positive ways.

The Teacher Education Program at the University of the Incarnate Word is a field-based program that provides intensive, authentic, and high-quality experiences in settings where preservice teachers can integrate theory with practice, observe effective teaching practices, embrace diversity, and develop their teaching in collaboration with university faculty.  The University of the Incarnate Word offers programs approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Southern Association of Colleges  and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Undergraduate Candidates

At the undergraduate level, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree prepares students for elementary (EC-6) teaching. Secondary certification (7-12) and all-level certification (EC-12) candidates major in their intended teaching field and minor in education.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, applicable TExES examinations, and state requirements, the candidate will be eligible to apply for state certification.

Graduate Candidates

At the graduate level, candidates accepted to the Graduate Studies Program pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.  The M.A.T. degree provides options to certify in elementary education (EC-6), secondary education (7-12), and all-level education (EC-12).  Applicants' prior coursework is reviewed at the time of application to determine which certification is appropriate.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, applicable TExES examinations, and state requirements, the candidate will be eligible to apply for state certification.

Acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program

Students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program who plan to pursue initial teaching certification must also formally apply, and be admitted, to the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) before enrolling in professional development coursework. Students may apply for admission during announced application periods each semester.  Students must be admitted to the respective UIW degree program prior to application to the Teacher Certification Program.   Enrollment in the Teacher Education Program does not guarantee acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program.

 TCP Program Admission Criteria


 

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