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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

Candidate receives a minimum of 628 clock hours over teaching experience including a Teacher of Record position or Clinical Teaching Experience (student teacher) placement. The clock hours are framed by three delivery systems:

  • A virtual classroom, clock hours delivered through the Internet by tqportal.com. Surf the TEACH Portal through entrance in “Updates” (see left column). Or email Dr. Quintanilla.
  • A paid teaching experience (full-day, full-year)  or 14/16 week clinical teaching experience (student teacher) placement offer TxBESS training. TxBESS program is used to guide the teacher through the 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.

TEACH Program Curriculum

The Suite of Courses contains two types of courses: core courses (ACC prefixes) and informational/enrichment courses (all other prefixes)–include pedagogy and methodology courses. 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 628 clock hours in research-based, best practices training in the following areas:

  • foundations of reading and writing, and reading and writing in the content area.
  • classroom management and organization.
  • methodology specific to their certification area and in generic topics including lesson design, lesson cycle, assessment, brain-based strategies.
  • test-taking methods, tutoring for TExES.
  • TEKS curriculum.
  • interdisciplinary approaches to delivering social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, and physical education.
  • technology application & resource for the classroom.
  • hands-on activities delivered through online workshops.
  • TxBESS training supporting the internship.
 1st Set of Required Courses
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.