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Suite of Courses

Program Course of Study

TEACH meets not only the critical need for teachers of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse students in Texas, but also meets the needs of talented, potential teacher candidates who may find themselves unable to enroll in a traditionally delivered alternative certification program.

Curriculum

Preparing candidates for the high-stakes performance on the TExES and in the classroom (TEKS & STAAR), the TEACH curriculum focuses on an integrated and developmental learning process. The interdisciplinary nature of the TEACHcurriculum conforms to the required state standards. Professors weave the specific competencies of each certificate area through each course. Online workshop presenters guide candidates in creating materials for the classroom aligned to the standards. A recent “face lift”, Spring 2010, of the State standard alignment resulted in re-evaluating the number of clock hours required for certain courses and the need for additional informational and enrichment courses.

Program Hours Offered

Download the Program Hours document.

Candidate receives a minimum of 824 clock hours over 44 weeks including a Teacher of Record position or Student Teacher placement. The 824 clock hours are framed by three delivery systems:

  • A virtual classroom, 600 clock hours delivered through the Internet by epathlearning. Surf the TEACH Portal through entrance in “Updates” (see left column). Or email Dr. Quintanilla.
  • An online classroom, 60 clock hours delivered through Weebly website workshops.
  • A 36-week paid internship or 12/14-week student teacher placement offer 164 clock hours in TxBESS training. TxBESS program is used to guide the teacher through the onsite internship.

Brain-based Emphases

TEACH delivers the curriculum through a Suite of Courses developed by college professors and master teachers. Framed on the brain-based research, instructors connect candidates to what Katz and Rubin (1999) coined as Neurobics, the new science of brain exercise. The authors present a deliberate allusion to physical exercise. Neurobics, however, refers to exercising different brain areas rather than different muscle groups. Generally, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking while downplaying the right-brain ones. TEACH proposes to shift the learning paradigm, guiding candidates through techniques using both sides of the brain, a more whole-brained orientation.

SURF Through a Sampling of TEACH Courses

Interested in surfing through several TEACH Program courses? Please email Dr. Q, directly at drq@checkteachercert.com or enter through the “Updates” (see left column) link.

TEACH Program Curriculum

The Suite of Courses contains two types of courses: core courses (ACC prefixes) and informational/enrichment courses (all other prefixes). Core courses focus on preparing candidates to meet the challenges of the TExES exam, the job interview, and classroom. The Informational/enrichment courses focus on developing student confidence to successfully meet the rigors of the interview and classroom. Contact Dr. Q at 512.928.8423 or drq@checkteachercert.com for specifics.

Clock Hours

The State requires at least 300 clock hours of teacher prep foundation. TEACH offers candidates a minimum of 824 clock hours in research-based, best practices training in the following areas:

  • 50 clock hours in foundations of reading and writing, and reading and writing in the content area.
  • 96 clock hours in classroom management and organization.
  • 132 clock hours in methodology specific to their certification area and in generic topics including lesson design, lesson cycle, assessment, brain-based strategies.
  • 90 clock hours in test-taking methods, tutoring for TExES.
  • 40 clock hours in TEKS curriculum.
  • 90 clock hours in interdisciplinary approaches to delivering social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, and physical education.
  • 102 clock hours in technology application & resource for the classroom.
  • 60 clock hours of hands-on activities delivered through online workshops.
  • 164 clock hours on TxBESS training supporting the internship.
90 Hrs. Core*
ACC 1101 Teaching & Learning Experience
ACC 1152 Technological Resources
ACC 1153 Classroom Management
BES 1204 Teaching Reading
BES 1155 Diverse Learners
ACC 2157 Assessment Tools

*Each Core Course is the equivalent of a 45 clock hr, university MWF class. Completion of course depends on time available to devote to the course, speed of acquiring concepts of course, & reading fluency rate.