Education Graduate Earns Student Teacher of the Year

A May graduate won one of two state-wide awards, a first for a College of Education student teacher.

Katie L. Moreland will be honored at the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education in October.

Katie L. Moreland will be honored at the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education in October.

A May graduate of Texas Tech’s College of Education has won one of two state-wide awards for Student Teacher of the Year, a first for a Texas Tech student teacher from the College of Education. Katie L. Moreland will be honored at the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education in October.

Each year, more than 6,000 students from Texas colleges of education complete student teaching. Moreland did her student teaching in the fifth grade at Parkside Elementary in Georgetown, part of the Leander Independent School District, where she taught in her major of multidisciplinary studies, emphasizing reading/language arts and social studies.

Moreland’s application consisted of a section on her interests and activities, which included being the community advisor for students in the education learning community, a specialized dorm space for education majors, and being on dance and art teams, interests and activities which served her readily in her teaching. The second section of her application dealt with the strengths she brings to teaching, centered on her love of learning and how that love influences her teaching. The final component of her application was a complete lesson plan titled Aquatic Environments: Acid in Water.

“The most valuable information and lesson I took with me from my student-teaching experience is that learning never ends, even as an educator,” Moreland said.

Moreland, a native of Round Rock, has accepted a job as a sixth grade language arts teacher at Four Points Middle School in Leander ISD.

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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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