University of Texas at Arlington College of Education and Health Professions has
again distinguished itself for its efforts to provide beginning teachers who
will work with middle school students with extensive clinical practice and ongoing
College’s Middle Level Educator Preparation Program recently was named one of
five Texas universities to receive the Exemplary Field-Based Instructional
Practices Award from Quest for Quality, a collaboration between the Center for Research,
Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education and the Texas Higher Education
is the fourth state or national award that the Middle Level Education Program
are honored to receive such recognition of our Middle Level program and
mid-level faculty,” said Jeanne Gerlach, associate vice president for K-16
Initiatives and dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “Our program has several stellar components
and aligns with national education efforts to improve teacher preparation.”
award, based on a submission prepared by program coordinator Diane Galloway, recognizes
field-based practices that provide opportunities for teacher candidates to
experience the relationship of theory to practice in guided, hands-on
experiences with students; to interact regularly with a variety of stakeholders;
to reflect on, analyze and improve practice; and to build experience in the
school and its community contexts.
UT Arlington was cited for the entirety of the practices described by the submission, which was independently reviewed and selected by state and
national reviewers, along with CREATE staff.
said that UT Arlington’s preparation program is field based and keeps a “pulse
on what districts adopt and promote.”
program is challenging, but when our students get into teaching, they are
standouts,” Galloway said. “One principal who hired one of our graduates said
it was like hiring a second- or third-year teacher as opposed to a first year
all, 31 students graduated from UT Arlington’s Middle Level Program last year.
“We had 100 percent hired of those seeking teaching jobs,” Galloway added.
recipients of the Exemplary Field-Based Instructional Practice Award are Angelo
State University, St. Edward’s University, Texas A&M University-Corpus
Christi and University of Houston-Clear Lake.
for Quality also recognized UT Arlington in another area: Exceptional Teacher
Candidate. The eight awardees included Caitlin Rhodes, a student in UT
Arlington’s Middle Level Education Program, and Tige Kelley, a student in UT
Arlington’s UTeach Program.
About the College of Education
and Health Professions
Arlington’s College of Education and Health Professions is fully accredited
through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools, and in 2006 became the first College of Education within the UT System
to receive accreditation through the prestigious National Council for the
Accreditation of Teacher Education. Visit www.uta.edu/coehp to learn more.
About The University of Texas at
The University of Texas
at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,300
students and 2,300 faculty members in the epicenter of North Texas. It is the
second largest institution in The University of Texas System. Total research
expenditures reached almost $78 million last year. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.