College of Education Partners with Dallas Teacher Education Program

New bachelor’s program will produce more bilingual/ESL teachers.

Texas Tech University’s College of Education is partnering with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and Dallas-area school districts to make much-needed bilingual/English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher certification accessible to more people.  Texas Tech will offer its existing Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies (leading to EC-6 teacher certification in bilingual education and ESL) to students completing core requirements at community colleges in the Dallas area, including Mountain View College and Richland College.  The program partners also will work with Dallas-area paraprofessionals to complete core requirements before admission to the Texas Tech College of Education. Online instruction will begin in fall 2009.   Specifically, courses leading to initial certification as a bilingual/ESL teacher will be delivered through web-based instruction. Fewer than half of the 129 credits required for the degree will be offered by Texas Tech.  Most, if not all, of the Texas Tech courses will be delivered online.  Community college partners will deliver the first two years of coursework.   The non-traditional approach to preparing teachers through distance education provides pathways to baccalaureate degrees in high demand fields for  students, said Dora Salazar, project director in Texas Tech’s College of Education.  “Eligible school district support staff will have an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree while remaining in their current position. The program enables the school districts in the region to ‘grow their own’ new teachers to help meet staffing needs in bilingual/ESL, while at the same time rewarding dedicated paraprofessionals, by encouraging professional growth,” Salazar said. The partnerships are made possible through a Title III National Professional Development (Project TEACH) grant received from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. Project TEACH (Teacher Education Alliance Collaborative for Higher Education) addresses a national need to improve education through the preparation and ongoing training of all teachers serving English Language Learners (ELLs) in the state of Texas. The Project is designed to increase the pool of highly qualified teachers and is designed to provide support for pre-service teachers, improve their teaching skills to work towards certification, and assist educational personnel with ELLs to meet high professional standards.  For additional information visit http://www.educ.ttu.edu/projectteach/CONTACT: Dora Salazar, project director, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1998 ext. 480, or dora.salazar@ttu.edu; or Martha Harrison, unit coordinator, (806) 742-1998 ext. 462, or Martha.harrison@ttu.edu. Mountain View College: Karen Blue, director, Teacher Preparation Program, (214) 860-8632or Kblue@dcccd.edu. At Richland College: Adriana Rodriguez, director, bilingual/ESL Teacher Preparation, (972) 761-6821, or adrianarodriguez@dcccd.edu.