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UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions earns honor for middle level education program

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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

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The 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 professional development.

The 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 Coordinating Board.

This is the fourth state or national award that the Middle Level Education Program has earned.

“We 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.”

The 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.

Specifically, 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.

Galloway said that UT Arlington’s preparation program is field based and keeps a “pulse on what districts adopt and promote.”

“The 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 educator.”

In 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.

Other 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.

Quest 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

UT 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 Arlington

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.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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