“Talent is not a thing, it’s a process,” observes contemporary author David Shenk. “People are training harder and smarter than before. We’re better at stuff, because we’ve figured out how to become better.” (Shenk, The Genius in All of Us.)
The Education Department of Southwestern Adventist University embraces this concept. Our commitment to integrating theory with practice has translated into a 95% and higher pass rate for students on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) for many years.
We are continually refining our curriculum so that future teachers can meet the needs of students in the 21st century. In our department professors’ number one priority is preparing individuals to be “thinkers and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts.” (Ellen G. White, Education) Thus at the end of this rigorous process individuals are well prepared to meet the challenges they will face in the world of work, and to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
I understand that I may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) regarding the potential ineligibility for certification due to a previous conviction or deferred adjudication (a formal judgment on a disputed matter) for a felony or misdemeanor offense. Failure to do this will result in you being removed from the program once this information comes to light. You will not be able to receive Texas certification if you have a previous conviction or deferred adjudication.
Texas Education Agency dictates that substitute teaching, and paraprofessional work cannot be used towards completing the internship requirement. You must consult with the Student Internship/Field Supervision Coordinator to get additional information to complete your student teaching experience.
See the codes noted below for further instruction for appropriate placement.
a) Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §228.35(d)(4)(A): All Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, wherever located, and all schools accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) are approved by the TEA for purposes of field-based experience, internship, student teaching, clinical teaching, and/or practicum.
b) Texas Administrative Code §228.35(d)(4)(C): An educator preparation program may file an application with the TEA for approval, subject to periodic review, of a public or private school located within any state or territory of the United States, as a site for an internship, student teaching, clinical teaching, and/or practicum required by this chapter.
Educator Certification Examination Retake
Beginning September 1, 2015, candidates will be limited to four attempts to retake any educator certification examination. The Texas Educational Agency (TEA) is implementing this change to Texas Educator Code §21.048, in response to HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015.
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