The University of Texas at Arlington UT Arlington Fort Worth Center
Making Strides Through the Scholars of Practice Program

Becky Wilder

Becky Wilder received her Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in December after taking courses at the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center.

She is currently the ESL (English as a Second Language) Specialist at Heritage Elementary School in the Keller Independent School District.

Becky Wilder

“I felt a calling to serve more children through school administration,” Becky explained. “I hope to promote positive change and be an effective leader in public education.

“The UT Arlington/Fort Worth Scholars of Practice program allowed me to continue working full time, maintain my family responsibilities, and pursue my dream simultaneously.”

The Scholars of Practice program, which spans five consecutive university semesters, is uniquely designed for graduate students seeking the Master of Education degree with Texas principal certification. Coursework requirements are tailored to the district where the teachers are employed.

“The people at UT Arlington have been wonderful,” Becky said. “The professors genuinely cared about my success and my fellow students have become lifelong friends.”

Upon successful completion of the specified 39 semester credit hours, graduates receive the master’s degree, followed by the principalship certification, after passing the ExCET exam required by the state of Texas.

“In order to move into an administrative position, getting my master’s degree was a requirement,” Becky added. “I would highly recommend this program. UT Arlington made it easy to balance my responsibilities, obtain my degree, and achieve my goals.”

Becky fits in with the Maverick nickname at UT Arlington. “To me, being a Maverick means believing in myself and shooting for the stars.”

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