Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Undergraduate students who are seeking initial Texas teacher certification through the Tarleton Teacher Education Program are guided through the program from the time they start their application until they complete all field experiencestesting, and are recommended for certification.

The Teacher Education Program is designed to be completed during the last two years of a student’s bachelor’s degree. The first education class, EDUC 3320 or 3321, can be taken once a student has at least 60 earned hours and is a junior. This semester is referred to as Block 1. Criminal history consent forms and a copy of your driver’s license must be submitted in order to get cleared to register for this course.

Students must be admitted into the Teacher Ed Program before taking Block 2. The program concludes with either a full semester of clinical teaching during Block 4 or a yearlong residency completed during blocks 3 and 4, now referred to as TR1 and TR2. More information is found in the Teacher Education Program PowerPoint Presentations linked below.

Please refer to the Program Updates page for important information which may include admission requirement changes, curriculum changes, course prerequisite changes, policy updates and more. 

Program Goals

The goals of the Tarleton Teacher Education Program are to develop teachers who:

  • possess appropriate knowledge and abilities in specific content areas or teaching fields;
  • communicate effectively with students, parents and other professionals;
  • apply the principles of instructional planning in the development of curriculum;
  • utilize effective teaching practices;
  • formally and informally evaluate student performance and use the results of such assessment in the instructional decision-making process;
  • promote critical thinking and participatory citizenship;
  • are skilled in the use of instructional technology;
  • are proficient in mathematical skills;
  • operate within the legal guidelines and uphold the ethics of the teaching field;
  • demonstrate concern for the general welfare of the student; and
  • are committed to continued professional growth and development.