The College of Education has been preparing educators and serving local schools since 1963. It was first established within the College of Liberal Arts as the “Teacher Education Section” of the Department of Psychology.
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Area of Certification and Year: EC-6
Why did you choose to attend UTA?
I had chosen to attend UTA because of the many great programs they have to offer. Another factor for me choosing UTA was due to how diverse our student population is, and it wasn’t too far from home for me.
What is your favorite thing about the College of Education of UTA?
My favorite thing about the College of Education at UTA would have to be the professors. They really work with you, and if you ever have a concern or need help, they will always find a way to help you. They are truly great teachers and have helped to inspire me in hopes to one day be like them as a future educator.
Who is your favorite professor? Why?
My favorite professor would have to be Dr. Melton. I love the stories that she shares about her experiences teaching. She is very knowledgeable and it really helps provide insight on how it would be like teaching. Another thing I enjoy is how she teaches her classes, she is very energetic and models for her students on how they should teach.
What activities do you participate in outside of class?
Outside of the classes I take, I go to other classrooms for student observations and student teaching in which I help around the classroom and help students. I also am doing service learning, in which I read and help students on their homework and writing. If I’m not doing that, I am helping out in the Study Aboard office as a student assistant with various tasks they may need my help with, as well as help endorse at booths what types of opportunities there are for students interested in studying abroad. During any downtime I may have from my usual activities, I enjoy reading and writing as well as cooking and baking.
What are your plans after you graduate?
After I graduate I’d like to work in DFW public schools as an elementary teacher for some years. I’d also like to work with lower income students and provide them with the best education they can have. I believe all children should have access to a good education. After some years of teaching, I’d like to go back and get my Masters. I’d like to open a school overseas for children who don’t have access to education because of poverty.
What is the one thing you think a prospective Education student needs to know?
We need to know how important it is to set time aside for your classes and student teaching. If you want to make all A’s in your classes, you have to set some time aside. During the semesters you don’t have classes like in the summer, I would strongly suggest working in the summer, because it is very hard to manage class, student teaching, work, gym, organizations, friends and family and everything else that comes with life.