Innovative TechTeach Program Aims to Better Prepare First-Year Teachers

The innovative program partners with public school districts giving TechTeach candidates an entire year in the classroom before they even graduate from college.


When preparing for a lifelong career, six weeks or a semester of on-the-job training doesn’t sound like much. Likewise, for most K-12 teachers, the brief period of student teaching might not be enough preparation to be able to walk into their first classroom as an effective educator.

Supply and demand entered a critical stage in recent years when thousands of teachers were rushed into the workforce with minimal experience and support. It was during this time in 2011 that Texas Tech University decided to transform its teacher training program.

TechTeach, introduced by the College of Education dean, Scott Ridley, is modeled after iTeach, Arizona State University’s teacher prep program, which Ridley also designed.

The innovative program partners with public school districts giving TechTeach candidates an entire year in the classroom before they even graduate from college.


Doug Hamman


Doug Hamman, professor and chairman of the Department of Teacher Preparation, College of Education, (806) 834-4113 or


  • “In the classroom, both adults can work together and use achievement data from their children to figure out the best way to split up the class or work together and complement each other. If a mentor teacher has a small number of children who are having trouble, the teacher candidate can take over that group for exclusive help.”
  • “The teacher candidates must teach at one of our approved sites because, essentially, the College of Education is taking responsibility, saying we will make sure our participants are much more prepared for their first day of teaching in their own classrooms.”
  • “By establishing the Department of Teacher Preparation, we made reform our culture.”

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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.


TechTeach Across Texas

TechTeach Across Texas

TechTeach Across Texas is our fast-track, one-year teacher preparation program, combining intense clinical experiences with applicable online courses in district-based partnerships around the state. You will receive classroom coaching from skilled, experienced Site Coordinators and Mentor Teachers, and be able to immediately apply principles from your practical coursework.

TechTeach Across Texas allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree and earn teacher certification in one calendar year.

Our  program has earned top marks from the National Council on Teacher Quality, placing it in the top 35 programs in the nation.