STEP 2 Program Recognized for Excellence in Education

Partnership with South Plains College to complete teaching credentials has flourished since 2005 inception.

The first step in the program is to acquire an  Associates of Arts in Teaching. Once that is completed, step two is to transfer to the College of Education.

The first step in the program is to acquire an Associates of Arts in Teaching. Once that is completed, step two is to transfer to the College of Education.

A partnership between Texas Tech’s College of Education and South Plains College was recognized nationally as an example of education excellence.

Excelencia in Education honored the STEP 2 program, among others, Tuesday (Sept. 27) at the Celebración de Excelencia in Washington, D.C.

STEP 2 is a student support services program that assists transfer students from South Plains College that have completed their Associates of Arts in Teaching and desire to obtain certification to teach from a four-year institution. STEP 1 is to complete that. STEP 2 is to transfer to Texas Tech’s College of Education.

“As has been well-documented, Latinos that begin college at a community college are highly unlikely to complete the two-year program and even less likely to transfer to a four-year college,” said Janie Ramirez, administrator of outreach programs in the College of Education. “Our program has a 100 percent track record in graduating Latino students.”

The partnership between SPC and Texas Tech began in 2005 with the first cohort of transfer students. STEP 2 has served 124 students with an average of 29 students in the program each semester.

According to Excelencia in Education, by 2025 nearly one-quarter of the nation’s college-age population will be Latino, but not enough are earning college degrees. Excelencia is working to promote practices on the graduate and undergraduate levels that support the success of more Latino students. The Examples of Excelencia initiative asks for nominations of programs and departments that show effectiveness in serving Latino students and all students.

STEP 2 was selected from nearly 200 nominations. The recognition includes a $5,000 donation to the program to support its ongoing success.

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College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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