College of Education Receives $3.44 Million Grant

The school's one of 23 highest-rated national finalists for the grant designed to improve educator preparation.

The Constitution was signed at Independence Hall on Sept. 17, 1787.

Dean Scott Ridley said the Obama administration is calling for the type of reforms in which the College of Education will be involved.

Texas Tech University’s College of Education is one of 23 highest-rated national finalists for a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation or i3 Grant designed to improve educator preparation and K-12 student achievement. In all, 587 applicants applied for nearly $150 million dollars in this round of funding.

The college had to raise a 15-percent match of the funds it was seeking before the proposal was submitted. Dean Scott Ridley; and Elizabeth Haley and Karen Jacobsen, both development officers, raised the needed $450,000, which was contributed by six public/private entities.

The College of Education, Lubbock Independent School District (LISD), Teachscape, Texas Instruments and the Haberman Educational Foundation will implement and test a competency-based model of educator preparation and school intervention using innovative technology to observe and shape teachers’ classroom competencies.

Producing More Effective Teachers

The partnership will design and implement a competency-based initial teacher education program that produces new teachers who are highly competent in their subject-areas and teaching methods and who produce student achievement scores greater than the district average within two years of employment.  In addition, the partnership will implement and test the impact of competency-based school intervention in mathematics in grades 6-9 at six middle and high schools in LISD.

“America must transform its system of educator preparation so that teachers will not just ‘understand the content’ but can exhibit masterful competency at putting that material into action for the benefit of students,” Ridley said. “Teacher education must be reformed to foster adept teaching competencies built on knowledge and reasoning.”  After testing and refinement in LISD, the project will expand the competency-based school intervention model to other school districts across Texas.

“ ‘Our Future, Our Teachers,’ released by the Obama administration this month, calls for just the type of reforms in which the College of Education will be involved,” Ridley said, “and which will lead it to become a national model of how schools of education should be preparing the educators to influence the students and schools of the future.”

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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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