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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 UIW is committed.  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 and humanity in significant, positive ways.

 The Teacher Education Program at the University of the Incarnate Word is a field-based program that provides intensive, realistic, and high quality experiences in school settings in which apprentice teachers can connect theory and practice, observe effective teaching practices, interact with diverse populations, and explore and develop their teaching skills in close interaction with mentor teachers and university faculty.  Candidates of the UIW Teacher Education Program have consistently demonstrated a high level of achievement on the certification exams.  The pass rates for the last five years are as follows:

UIW Teacher Education Program 












Supply and Demand of Texas Teachers     

The Texas Education Agency requires Educator Preparation Programs to notify their candidates that teaching positions are more difficult to secure in districts along the I-35 corridor in Texas due to the number of teacher preparation programs providing candidates within those educational markets.  UIW lies within the I-35 corridor, but has experienced a consistently high rate of candidate employment.

Educator Skills and Responsibilities                        

The UIW Education Program prepares candidates’ discipline content proficiency, instructional pedagogy, and professional disposition.  The TEA Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Standards (TAC §149.1001) presents the following teacher standards addressed throughout our program.

Standard 1:  Instructional Planning and Delivery

Standard 2:  Knowledge of Students and Student Learning

Standard 3:  Content Knowledge and Expertise

Standard 4:  Learning Environment

Standard 5:  Data-Driven Practice

Standard 6:  Professional Practices and Responsiblities