'Tech Teach' preps college students for classroom
By Ken Esten Cooke
Area students are getting on-the-job classroom experience before finishing their university degree, thanks to a program offered by the College of Education at Texas Tech University.
“Tech Teach” gives upper division education majors the chance to simultaneously take their own university courses, while working alongside certified, mentor teachers in the classroom.
Field experiences in the public schools used to be reserved for last-semester student teachers who were about to graduate.
Now, the more rigorous Tech Teach program has the students working at Fredericksburg Elementary and other Hill Country school districts for two full years.
Last Wednesday, Arizona State University instructor Sara Beal and other professors helped a cohort of 18 education students learn state standards, write lesson objectives and lesson plans.
“All of these students are junior- and senior-level students with special education and English as a Second Language concentrations,” Beal said. “I am part of a team of instructors that help them through the program.”
Dr. Kelly Fox is coordinator for the College of Education at Texas Tech’s off-campus sites, which includes TTU at Fredericksburg, with classes held at the Hill Country University Center, and TTU at Highland Lakes in Marble Falls.
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