The mission of the School of Education at TCU is to develop effective, ethical educators with a passion for learning. As professionals and active citizens in our community, we strive to create a humane and just society in which all individuals can develop their full potential. We are governed by an ethical code that documents our obligations to students, colleagues, and the community, which includes rationality and objectivity in our professional judgments and actions, civility and caring in our interactions with others, and encouragement of diverse views on issues of significance to society.
Consistent with the above values, our core beliefs connect a strong foundational knowledge base with professional practice. Professionals in education study and expand the knowledge base of effective practice and ground their practice in theory and research and acquire expertise through activities in diverse, field-based settings which are exemplars of practice. They also promote high student achievement and a passion for learning by mastering content knowledge and effective pedagogical skills, using multiple strategies, resources, and technologies to plan, implement, and assess instruction and to document effectiveness with students, and synthesizing knowledge from relevant, academically diverse perspectives and a variety of theoretical orientations and approaches. In addition, educational professionals provide service and leadership in diverse settings, ranging from local to global communities, seek to improve professional settings and society, and collaborate with representatives from various groups within and outside the educational community.
The School of Education offers studies culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree, as well as studies leading to teacher certification. The school offers majors in Early Childhood Education (EC-4th grade), Middle School Education (4th-8th grades), and Secondary Education (8th-12th grades). In addition, there is a program available for students interested in pursuing certification in Special Education. Courses are also offered for those students wishing to prepare for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
Programs listed in this bulletin reflect current State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) standards. Minor changes may be made in these programs to meet additional certification standards adopted by SBEC.
Teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher learning are required to report the pass rates of their program graduates on the exams that qualify them for certification in their state. The U.S. Congress through amendments to the Higher Education Act in October 1998 enacted these new teacher preparation accountability measures. TCU is proud to report a summary pass rate exceeding 95% on the Texas ExCET examinations. These scores place us amoung the highest rated institutions in Texas. The most recent, complete Institutional Report for TITLE II is available on the SofE web site.
Note: Declaration of a major in Education is not synonymous with admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Students who plan to major in education or who plan to earn a teaching certificate must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program of the University. To be eligible to apply for admission students must meet, or will meet during the semester in which they apply, the following requirements:
|Reading - 245*||Composite - 1070||Composite - 23|
|Math - 230||Math - 500||Math - 19|
|Writing - 220||Verbal - 500||English - 19|
To be eligible to apply for admission, students transferring from another institution must complete a minimum of 12 hours of course work at TCU with at least a 2.5 grade point average.
In accordance with Article 6252-13c, Texas Civil Statutes, the Commissioner of Education may suspend or revoke a teaching certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. The State Board of Educator Certification and TCU (at the request of SBEC) have begun a regular procedure for criminal record search of all certificate applicants.
TCU requires a criminal record search prior to placing students in field experiences. This requirement applies to pre-student teaching field experiences as well as to student teaching when required by a school district.
As students enter public and private schools for observations, tutoring, after school programs and student teaching it is important to be covered by liability insurance. Under Texas law both the student intern and teacher can be held responsible for a child's injury. For this reason, we strongly suggest TCU students be covered with liability insurance. This insurance is offered at low cost to teachers-in-training who belong to a teacher organization. Here at TCU, we have a school of education organization that covers liability insurance, costs of defending claims, and provides the cost of an attorney. The TCU chapter of The Texas Student Education Association (TSTA-NEA) offers the coverage with student membership. Other teacher organizations in the state such as ATPE, UEA, and AFT offer similar coverage.
Retention in the Teacher Education Program requires that a student maintain the following:
Any student who wishes to be considered for admission to student teaching must have met the following requirements:
Starpoint and Rise Schools, located on the Texas Christian University campus, are laboratory schools for learning disabled students and preschoolers with developmental delays. Starpoint provides a quality educational program for a small number of students with learning disabilities in grades 1-4 and the Rise School serves young children aged 18 months to six years with Down Syndrome.
The mission of both schools is to serve as on campus training sites for TCU students preparing to become educators as well as a setting for educational research opportunities for faculty and staff. Both laboratory schools are members of the National Association of Laboratory Schools that delineates the functions of a laboratory school as research, experimentation, clinical teaching experience, curriculum development and staff development. Both Starpoint and Rise provide a variety of convenient volunteer, practicum and internship/student teaching opportunities to TCU students.
Education majors who plan to pursue departmental honors must be members of the Honors Program and should enroll in EDUC 30003 during their junior year and EDUC 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.
EDUC 10113 is a freshman level course designed to assist students with fundamental study skills. It is aimed primarily at incoming freshmen or transfer students who have had difficulty in previous college classes. Criteria for enrollment in the course are as follows:
The Career Services Center maintains contact with public and private schools seeking teachers, administrators, and other types of educational personnel. Registration with the Center entitles students to file a summary of their academic records, together with requested recommendations from teachers and others acquainted with their qualifications. Former students may use the Center in seeking positions. The Center provides on-campus interviews with school districts in Texas, as well as outside the state. Over 90 school districts conduct interviews on campus each year.
Within the School of Education, student organizations have been established for the purposes of promoting professional goals and interests, as well as providing recreation and fellowship among members. Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society, invites to membership those junior, senior and graduate students or teachers who possess high scholarship ability. TCU's chapter of the Texas Student Education Association provides students with associate membership in the National Education Association and the Texas State Teachers Association. TSEA provides students with the opportunity to meet and discuss professional concerns and goals with experienced teachers in the profession. The Student Council for Exceptional Children is an organization that is open to all interested in special education.
For majors in the School of Education seeking teacher certification