Educator Preparation Programs
The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) office is responsible for ensuring field experience and testing requirements are completed for educator certifications offered at Texas A&M University, in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The CEHD is an approved EPP entity and has the authority to recommend candidates in one or more educator certification classes or categories.
Aggie Teachers work in 738 Texas school districts, in all 20 regions and 213 counties. That’s more than 10,000 former students currently working in Texas public schools as teachers, school counselors, principals, and senior administrators.
The Educator Preparation Program office is responsible for ensuring field experience and testing requirements are completed for educator certifications offered at Texas A&M University, in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).
What can you teach?
For non-education majors:
- College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
- College of Engineering
- College of Geosciences
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Science
- College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
- TAMU Galveston: Department of Biology
- Secondary Graduate Teacher Certification: Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture
Each certification program/class in CEHD’s EPP network is responsible for administering and organizing field placements, including, undergraduate teacher certification, professional/non-classroom certification, and aggieTEACH secondary teacher certification programs for non-education majors. Students complete a consecutive series of courses as part of their degree plan, before completing their clinical teaching experience the final semester before graduation. All field experience students and clinical teachers are required to have liability insurance.
Our certification programs offer an evidence-based curriculum, outstanding faculty, and supportive cooperative teachers/mentors, and site supervisors to ensure our Aggies are Day-1 Ready to be professional educators.
aggieTERM provides TAMU undergraduate education students with a year-long clinical residency to develop the classroom expertise to become effective, long-term educators in local school districts. Candidates will be offered a teaching position upon successful completion of the residency.
Field Placement Contacts
Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture
- Dr. Larry Kelly – Graduate Certification
- Jane Rankin – Graduate Certification
- Kim Parish – Undergraduate Certification
Department of Educational Psychology
- Dr. Linda Castillo – School Counseling
- Dr. Miranda Walichowski – Bilingual Education
- Kelly Schmid – Special Education
Department of Health & Kinesiology
- Diane Graham – School Health & Physical Education
Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development
- Dr. Susan Holley – Principal & Superintendent
- Dr. Tim Murphy – Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
We Teach Texas P12 Mentoring and Coaching Academy
- A self-paced online mentoring and coaching certificate opportunity for P12 teachers
- Multiple registration dates available
- 15 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours
- 100% online
- Cost: $149.99/participant
Group registration is available for school districts that qualify for the Texas Education Agency’s Mentor Program Allotment funding.
Resources for Beginning Teachers
Professional development (PD) supports lifelong learning, provides additional classroom experiences, and connects the educator with diverse forums. In addition, professional development fulfills Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) teaching standards.
Please continue to seek out professional development PD opportunities online, as it will continue to expand due to the increasing need for online teaching.
Explore professional development topics on orientation to the workplace, socialization, mentoring, and guidance throughout your practice as a beginning teacher practice.
Performance-based Academic Coaching Teams (PACT)
PACT provides a full line of support for the novice and veteran teachers, teacher candidates and administrators. PACT participants are able to access:
- Teacher support
- Teacher resources
- Teaching tools
- Chat rooms & discussion boards
- Electronic mentor
PACT also has a professional development academy where teachers can receive help on issues they are facing everyday in the classroom. In addition, PACT has an inventory of classroom videos where teachers can see quality lessons being taught.
Sanford Inspire celebrates and develops inspirational educators through free on-demand courses and resources designed to support social emotional learning and inspirational instruction in the PK-12 classroom and at our partner universities. Learn more and access free courses.
Sanford at Home
Inspire at Home is a free online toolkit curated with vital training that equips you to practice effective self-care and support your students as they learn at home. This toolkit includes Sanford Inspire resources developed especially for classroom teachers to help you cope with stress, respond to students mindfully, and build relationships in a virtual teaching landscape.
At Sanford Inspire, we believe when your cup is full, you have more to share. Access the Sanford Inspire Online Learning Portal to get started today, and explore our helpful self-care, student, and parent and caregiver resources.
EdPrepInsider is a monthly email blast designed to share important educator preparation updates with CEHD stakeholders.