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COVID-19 Updates and Guidance


Our top priority during this time is to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Review our FAQs and stay updated.

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This fall, the College of Education and Human Development will begin a year-long celebration of 50 years of excellence.

Throughout our history we have been charged with transforming and enriching lives through education and health. Created as a school for teachers, we are now a school for leaders.

We offer 21 undergraduate programs and more than 30 graduate programs across multiple emphasis areas.

Educators, sports professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals. Whatever the industry, our graduates are game-changers. Our graduates transform lives.

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Update on COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance


College of Education and Human Development FAQs regarding university COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response.

Revised 4:30 pm, July 6, 2020

Current Students


How do I find out how to participate in online classes and what the changes to my courses will be?

The instructor for each course will inform their students of the new requirements, including posting an updated syllabus with the changes to the instruction format and assignments due to the shift to online instruction. Contact your instructor with any questions.

What resources will be open to students that do not have a reliable internet connection or no internet connection at all once online courses begin?

The University is still open, and students may use wifi and computing labs for completing online coursework. Precautions such as social distancing when using lab facilities, avoiding touching their face, frequent hand washing, and using hand sanitizer should be practiced. If you cannot use these resources, please contact your department for more information.

How are finals going to be handled if all classes are going to be online?

Final exams will not be taken in person. Online testing and other mechanisms for the assessment of student learning are under consideration in collaboration with college deans and faculty and will be announced in the near future.

Are the graduations for undergraduates, masters and Ph.D. students still going to happen as planned?

Due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on event sizes announced by the White House, Spring graduation ceremonies will be postponed. The university is planning mail delivery of diplomas to graduates (with normal shipping costs waived) and is also considering opportunities for in-person ceremony options later this summer for those May graduates wishing to do so. There is no impact at this time to August in-person graduation ceremonies.

I am currently student teaching or I have questions about my field placement – how do these changes affect me?

An email was sent to each student on March 16th from Dean Alexander with specific instructions for each program; students should check their e-mail before proceeding. If the student still has issues, see Field Experiences.

I live in a dorm or on-campus apartment. Do I have to leave? If I stay, can I still use my dining plan?

The University is still open, for any resident who chooses to continue to live on campus for the remainder of the semester. This includes university dining facilities, and students may still use their dining plan. Contact the Office of Residence Life with any further questions.

I had an appointment scheduled with my adviser before the end of the week/month/semester. Will I still have to come to campus for my appointment?

All advising appointments are now being handled online. Please contact your academic advisor for information on your advising appointments. Email is the absolute best way to contact your advisor, as all advisors check their email constantly and will return emails as soon as they are able. Please keep in mind they will be handling a large volume of emails for the next several weeks, and practice patience and generosity with them as they work to help their advisees.

I had an appointment with Mr. O’Neal regarding probation. Will this be canceled or rescheduled?

Please contact Mr. O’Neal at koneal@tamu.edu or (979) 862-8489 and he will discuss this with you further.

I am a student worker. Should I still come in to work?

Student workers are permitted to work in person on campus provided that the department for which they work implements appropriate social distancing requirements and other safety measures, which our college will be doing. Student workers should contact their supervisor regarding their ability to work. Students feeling ill should not come to work and should self-monitor and seek medical care if needed. Students not ill and not wishing to work in person will not be required to do so and will continue to be paid only if remote work is a possibility and approved by their supervisor. If remote work is not possible and the student does not wish to work in-person, their timesheets and pay will reflect this, as they cannot be paid unless they work.

I am a graduate assistant. Should I still come in to work?

You will need to speak with your supervisor about your schedule and duties.

Will my graduate class continue to meet face-to-face?

You will need to contact your department and your professor immediately. Most courses will switch to online instruction, but there is a chance that small classes may be permitted to continue face-to-face meetings. This will only be permitted if the class is smaller than 10 people, and if your instructor gets an exception approved by the Dean and the Provost.

I’m a graduate student – can I still have my prelims, proposal, or dissertation defense?

Yes, you are allowed to have your prelims, proposal, or defense online. You will need to contact your Chair or the Department Head for assistance.

Will I be able to get my Aggie Ring in April?

Ring Day has been cancelled by the Association of Former Students. Students will be able to have their ring mailed to them or they can pick it up at the Williams Alumni Center after Texas A&M resumes normal operations.

Field Experiences


The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) continues to work with Texas Education Agency (TEA) to receive updates regarding field experiences as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. Please know that your program leaders have been working very hard on your behalf – seeking information to this issue. There have been very many thoughtful discussions at the State, College, and program levels to ensure that we have accurate information regarding your field experiences.

Please refer to your program area below for information regarding COVID-19 changes and guidelines.

Clinical Teachers

We want you to know that we have your health and safety as our top priority. This health crisis is very serious and significant actions to protect you have been made. As a result, TEA is halting face-to-face field experiences for clinical teachers. This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of all members of the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state and beyond. Therefore, clinical teachers will not return to your assigned school district.

We have received the following information from the TEA, which relates to your required clinical teaching hours and observations by your university supervisor:

With schools and districts closed or moving online, how can clinical teachers complete or meet the required number of days?

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s waiver, candidates completing clinical teaching during spring 2020 who meet the following criteria will be considered to have successfully met requirements for clinical teaching:

  • Completed at least half of the required days of clinical teaching (35 days for full-day assignments or 70 days for half-day assignments),
  • Demonstrated proficiency in each of the educator standards for their assignments (to be determined by the preparation program), and
  • Received a recommendation from their field supervisor and cooperating teacher that the candidate should be recommended for a standard certificate.

You will receive details from your specific program regarding other requirements to be cleared for graduation.

If I have not completed the requirements, what can I do to meet the above criteria?

You may complete any additional requirements by:

  • Supporting your cooperating teacher through non-traditional means and
  • Demonstrating proficiency based on alternative arrangements established by the preparation program, such as simulated, remote, virtual, or video classroom experiences and reflection.

If you are able to participate in activities remotely, then you will be able to include that time on your timesheet. But, please note that your cooperating teacher will need to verify that time and sign your logs. Therefore, you will need to work closely with your cooperating teacher to verify your “virtual” work. You will receive details from your specific program regarding these requirements.

Do I have to complete my formal field observations, which are conducted by my field supervisor?

No. In accordance with Governor Abbott’s waiver, all requirements related to field supervision of candidates have been waived, including the number, duration, timing, and format of the observation.

If you have additional specific concerns that are unique to your program or circumstances in your school district, please contact:

Interns: Post Bac/Graduate Certificate

We want you to know that we have your health and safety as our top priority. This health crisis is very serious and significant actions to protect you have been made. Per TEA’s new policy, interns will follow the safety guidelines and directives of the school district in which they are employed.

We have received the following information from the TEA, which relates to your required clinical teaching hours and observations by your university supervisor:

With schools and districts closed and/or moving online, do I have to complete the requirement of my intern or probationary certificate?

Yes. Because interns are district employees and subject to the requirements of that district, what qualifies as a full year will be dependent on what the district establishes as its modified calendar.

Interns who complete the year in the district, even if shortened, will have completed the internship requirement according to the state rule. Your program leader will contact you to share guidance on completing your district contract.

With schools and districts closed and/or moving online, do I have to complete my contract with the school district?

Yes. Interns are employees of the district and you will need to fulfill your district contract. Interns must continue teaching, online or on-campus, until the official end of their school year.

If I started my internship in January, does it still count?

Yes. For candidates who began their internship in January, the completion of this semester according to the district’s schedule will count as half of the year.

Do I have to complete my field observations, which are conducted by my field supervisor?

No. In accordance with Governor Abbott’s waiver, all requirements related to field supervision of interns have been waived, including the number, duration, timing, and format of the observation.

Because there continues to be many unknowns with regard to COVID-19, there may be additional actions taken by TEA at a later date. It is extremely important that you review your school email regularly and read it thoroughly. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We will continue to communicate with TEA and we will update you when we know more.

If you have additional specific concerns that are unique to your program or circumstances in your school district, please contact:

Practicum: Reading Specialist, School Counselor, and Principal

We want you to know that we have your health and safety as our top priority. This health crisis is very serious and significant actions to protect you have been made. As a result, TEA is halting face-to-face field experiences for practicum students. This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of all members of the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state and beyond. Therefore, practicum students will not return to your assigned school district.

We have received the following information from the TEA, which relates to your required clinical teaching hours and observations by your university supervisor:

With schools and districts closed and/or moving online, do I have to complete the 160-hour requirement for my practicum?

No. In accordance with Governor Abbott’s waiver, candidates engaging in a practicum during spring 2020 who met the following criteria will be considered to have successfully met requirements for the practicum:

  • Completed at least half of the required hours of the practicum (80 hours)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in each of the educator standards for their assignments (to be determined by the preparation program), and
  • Received a recommendation from their supervisor and site supervisor that the candidate should recommend for a standard certificate.

If you have met the criteria above, then you are finished with your practicum requirements for the semester.

Do I have to complete my formal field observations, which are conducted by my field supervisor?

No. In accordance with Governor Abbott’s waiver, all requirements related to field supervision of practicum students have been waived, including the number, duration, timing, and format of the observation.

If you have additional specific concerns that are unique to your program or circumstances in your school district, please contact:

Because there continues to be many unknowns with regard to COVID-19, there may be additional actions taken by TEA at a later date. It is extremely important that you review your school email regularly and read it thoroughly. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We will continue to communicate with TEA and we will update you when we know more.

Prospective Students


I was scheduled for a recruitment tour or recruitment appointment before the end of the semester. Are these still being held?

Please contact Amy Whitesell at awhitesell@tamu.edu or (979) 845-4690 with all questions about recruiting. She will arrange a time to talk with you via phone or Zoom to discuss your options. Please also contact Amy if you had an appointment with an advisor already scheduled – she will provide guidance.

How are New Student Conferences going to be handled?

Currently, all university events involving more than 50 people have been canceled through April 3 in order to give time to evaluate and observe the course of the pandemic. Decisions about New Student Conferences have not been made yet; we will update our information when we receive guidance from university administration.

I need help moving my course(s) online. How can I get assistance with this process?

For technical support for the conversion process, please open a help ticket with IT at myCEHD, or call (979) 845-1111. For help with instructional design questions, please contact your main department office – each department will have resources for faculty members as they work through this process. You should also check Keep Teaching for resources provided by the university for this process.

I am currently in the process of my midterm review; how will this process be affected by these changes?

The midterm review dossiers from the departments are due to the faculty affairs office this week. They will be reviewed and discussed by the CEHD Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee using ZOOM. The letters from the Dean will be sent to individual faculty by May 15 as initially planned.

How will faculty interviews be handled during this crisis?

All faculty interviews will be conducted virtually. Please contact the chair of the search committee and/or your department head for additional details.

How will the university’s response to this health crisis affect my promotion and/or tenure case?

At this time, it is not clear whether the university’s response to COVID-19 will have any affect on midterm review, promotion, or tenure processes. The Office of the Dean of Faculties will issue guidance as appropriate. Dr. Fred Nafukho is available to work through any questions or issues you may have; please contact him at fnafukho@tamu.edu.

I am teaching a graduate course, and I feel strongly that it should continue to meet face-to-face. How do I request an exemption from the online-only policy?

Exemptions will be few, and will only be considered for classes with fewer than 10 participants. The process for requesting an exemption is as follows:

 

  • Request should be sent to Mr. Joe Pettibon (jpp2@tamu.edu) with a cc to Dr. Karen Butler-Purry (klbutler@tamu.edu) and Dr. Beverly Irby, (irby@tamu.edu)
  • The request should be in a memo format, and must be from the instructor to the provost, through the department head and dean.
  • Request must include:
    • course designation
    • the number of enrolled students
    • Whether the current classroom is large enough to allow the social distancing of students and instructor – must provide the building and room location (i.e. 30 seats for 10 students). If the classroom is not large enough, please indicate that you need a larger classroom.
    • A justification from the faculty as to why the class would not be appropriate to move online
    • A discussion on how the faculty intends to accommodate any grad students who is unable or unwilling to attend the face to face class.

How should I enter time in Workday?

Employees are responsible for entering their time off in Workday as:

  1. Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL);
  2. Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (Week 1 – 2); or
  3. Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (Week 3 – 12)

Staff


My child’s school has closed and I do not have back-up childcare. What should I do?

Please contact your supervisor immediately to discuss your options.

How will staff interviews be handled during this time?

Please contact the chair of the search committee to discuss handling interviews via Skype or Zoom.

I have questions about how the COVID-19 response relates to my employment at Texas A&M.

The office of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness has created a website for staff members in order to answer the most frequently asked questions and to keep staff apprised of changes as they happen.

Visit their website.

How should I enter time in Workday?

Employees are responsible for entering their time off in Workday as:

  1. Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL);
  2. Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (Week 1 – 2); or
  3. Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (Week 3 – 12)

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