Teacher Prep Program Earns Top Grade from Teacher Quality Organization

The National Council on Teacher Quality rated Texas Tech on its content offerings, degree plans and admissions selectivity.

Doug Hamman

Doug Hamman

The College of Education at Texas Tech University was one of 35 teacher preparation programs that earned top scores in the high school content standard of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

The NCTQ’s biennial teacher prep review considers specific state regulations on teacher certification standards and institutions’ course content offerings, degree plans and admissions selectivity. Texas Tech was one of two universities in the state to earn this distinction and one of two Big 12 Conference schools.

“The recognition highlights the important commitment of the College of Education and multiple departments across the university in preparing teachers,” said Doug Hamman, chairman of the Department of Teacher Education. “We know our candidates are strong in their content preparation; otherwise they wouldn’t be admitted to our program.”

Hamman submitted syllabi and degree plans to NCTQ for secondary-level teacher preparation in mathematics and history, which was part of a larger audit and evaluation of the program. The ranking underscores the strong collaboration between the College of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences because secondary-level teacher candidates must major in a core-content discipline and minor in education in order to qualify for state certification.

“The difficult work of creating a teacher education program that truly serves the needs of both our teacher candidates at Texas Tech and students throughout our state and nation is being recognized,” Education Dean Scott Ridley said. “We will continue to strive for the highest level of excellence and are pleased that NCTQ is recognizing these efforts.”

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.