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Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Undergraduate students who are seeking initial 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 experiences, testing, 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 - Foundations of Teaching, can be taken once a student has at least 60 earned hours and is a junior. All other education courses require admission into the program. The program concludes with a full-semester clinical teaching experience. More information is found in the Teacher Education Program Presentations below and at the Professional Development / Education Course Sequence.

Please review the most recent updates to TEP as they can change by semester.


Registration Errors - EDUC 3320, 3321, EDSP 2301

Students attempting to register for EDUC 3320, EDUC 3321 or EDSP 2301 at the Stephenville campus may receive an ATTRIBUTE code error stating the following: "This section is restricted to a specific student population, please see an advisor if you believe you should be able to register for this section."  Before registering for any of these classes, we must have background consent forms and a copy of your driver's license. Please complete the following Criminal History Background Check Consent forms and bring them, along with a copy of your driver's license, to MATH 101. Once submitted, you will be given the attribute code that will allow you to register for these classes.

Teacher Education Program Presentations

Please view the following PowerPoint presentations to learn about the Teacher Education Program at Tarleton State University. Please use this handout as a reference during the presentations. 

These following presentations are best viewed on a PC in slide show mode (press F5).

Staff from Educator Preparation Service will visit EDUC 3320/3321 classes to introduce ourselves and answer any questions students may have after viewing the presentations; however, please feel free to contact us at any time with questions. If a student is not currently enrolled in EDUC 3320 or 3321 and has questions, they should contact EPS directly using the contact info found on the website, in the handout, or in the TEP Overview PowerPoint.

Changes to Professional Development / Education Course Sequence

Changes for Secondary and All-Level certification students: (starts Fall 2018)

Block I - EDUC 3321 

Block II - EDSP 4361 (previously EDUC 3330)

Block III - EDUC 4331 (previously EDUC 4330)

Clinical Teaching - EDUC 4335 and EDUC 4690 

Changes for Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary) students:

EC-6 and Special Education 

No changes for students admitted before Fall 2019.

Those taking EDUC 3320 Fall 2019 or later will be on the new curriculum. Please consult your advisor for course sequencing.

4-8 Content Certs:

Block I - EDUC 3321 (starts Fall 2018)

Block II - EDSP 4361 (previously EDUC 3330)

Block III- EDUC 4331 (starts Fall 2018)

Those taking EDUC 3320 Fall 2019 or later will be on the new curriculum. Please consult your advisor for course sequencing.

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.