Jun 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Teacher Education


Douglas Hamman, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: Hamman
Associate Professors: Button, Coward, Flores, Pratt
Assistant Professor: Wang
Assistant Professor of Practice: Zaier
Post-Doctoral Research Associates: Greenlees, Isidro
Instructors: Anderson, Baptista, Blakeslee, Blodgett, Brito, Bullard, Burke, Chute, Cowart, Dennis, Desantiago, Drake, Halsey, Heider, Herrin, Jenkins, Lara, Lay, Lindsey, Marquez, Matthews, McLaren, A. Mitchell, S. Mitchell, Morales, Moreno, Muñoz, Nelson, Pincock, Pollart, Santiago, P. Scott, S. Scott, Sierra, Son, Sowder, Spears, Starnes, Stocks, Stockton, Tamayo-Hoeve, Tickle, Torres, Watson, Winston

CONTACT INFORMATION: 104 Education Building | Box 41071 | Lubbock, TX 79409-1071 | T 806.742.1958 | F 806.742.2179 | www.educ.ttu.edu/academic-programs/curriculum-and-instruction/default

About the Department

This department supervises the following degree programs (see Program Offerings for list of available concentrations):

Undergraduate Program

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements. The university has established core curriculum requirements for all students. These requirements will ensure breadth in each academic program. Students should consult their academic advisor regarding specific course requirements. Students are urged to seek advisement prior to their first enrollment to avoid losing credit. Students may find a listing of core curriculum requirements in the Academic Requirements  section of the catalog.

Advisory Program. The advisory program is designed to provide aid to each student in planning and completing the appropriate degree and teacher certification program. The academic advisor is responsible for (1) assisting the student in planning a program and in updating degree plans, (2) helping the student in selecting the proper areas of certification and/or teaching fields, and (3) advising the student in meeting admission and retention standards of teacher education and student teaching. The College of Education has a mandatory advising requirement for each semester of enrollment.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science Degree Program and Admission to the Teacher Certification (Education) Program. The college seeks to maintain rigorous academic programs to produce outstanding educators for Texas and the nation. Admission to college degree and certification programs is open to all individuals on the basis of academic preparation, ability, and availability of space in the program selected. When there are more qualified applicants than can be adequately instructed by available faculty or accommodated in available facilities, the college will control enrollment in specific programs by limiting the admission of new students. The number of students accepted into the undergraduate programs is limited. Therefore, admission into a teacher education program is competitive and based on GPA and other criteria. A complete description of eligibility requirements is available in the Certification Office in the College of Education. (Entrance criteria may be subject to change.) Admission to a college degree program does not ensure admission to an upper-division teacher certification program. See “Educator Certification ” to read about admission requirements for the teacher certification program, information on the Texas Examinations for Educators Standards (TExES), recommendations for teacher certification, admission to student teaching, and transferability.

Academic Foundations. During their freshman and sophomore years, students normally complete their general degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science. Coursework in professional education and advanced courses, particularly in academic concentrations or teaching fields, is taken in the junior and senior years.

Professional Education. Teacher education programs in the College of Education are field-based. Students will complete observations and activities in public school settings. These field experiences may require time in addition to class time to complete.

Full-Year Student Teaching. Teacher candidates will be assigned to a classroom for a full year of student teaching. Appropriate coursework will accompany both semesters of student teaching. All students seeking initial certification at Texas Tech must successfully complete a series of competency-based performance assessments to be recommended by the university for a teaching certificate.

Clinical Experiences. TechTeach is a field-based teacher education program. In the semesters prior to student teaching, teacher candidates will spend one day each week in a public school setting. For candidates in secondary education, this will be their first block of the teacher education program; for elementary and middle-level candidates, it will be the first and second blocks. Assignments to apply and evaluate what candidates have learned in the courses will be completed in the school settings.

Student Load. The maximum load for a student in the College of Education is 19 semester hours. No student will be permitted to enroll in more than 18 semester hours without written approval from the department chair or associate dean. During the student teaching semester, the maximum load is 12-15 semester hours. Requests to take more than 15 hours must be approved by the certification officer.

Course Rotation. Teacher preparation courses in the final semesters must be taken as indicated on the certification plan. Courses may not be taken at random.

Length of Degree Program. The Bachelor of Science degree can be completed in approximately eight semesters. The education major requires 120 hours, and the multidisciplinary science major requires 124 hours. A student may be required to attend summer term to complete all requirements. Assistance in completing the degree and certification plan is provided by advisors in the College of Education. An Intent to Graduate form should be filed with an advisor one year prior to graduation.

Pass/Fail Option. Courses used to meet stated degree plan requirements may not be taken pass/fail. Up to 13 hours of courses that are taken as free electives to total 133 hours and are not used to meet any other degree requirement may be taken pass/fail. Courses that are designated pass/fail by departmental policy rather than student choice do not count in the 13-hour limit on elective courses that may be taken pass/fail. A student on probation is not allowed the pass/fail option.

Teacher Certification

All students in the TechTeach program will be prepared to teach at their certification level (elementary, middle or secondary) and in their selected content area as well as English as a second language (ESL) and Special Education (Sped). Students selecting middle level or secondary will select a content area in math, English, social studies (middle level only), or science.

Students completing the program requirements will achieve an initial certificate in their selected content area and will be eligible to add supplemental certificates in both ESL and Sped.

Additionally, students will select a focus area. The focus area options will consist of six credit hours in one of the following areas: Bilingual Education, Literacy, STEM, AVID.


English as a Second Language. Students wishing to become certified with supplemental certification in English as a second language (ESL), will seek a B.S. in Education. Students will learn skills/strategies necessary to work with children whose first language is not English. It is not necessary to speak a language other than English to become ESL certified. Students will complete four semesters of professional education work with field experience in classrooms with ESL identified students.

Special Education. Students wishing to become certified with supplemental certification in Special education (Sped), will seek a B.S. in Education. Students will learn skills/strategies necessary to work with children who are identified as in need of services by the local school district. Students will complete four semesters of professional education work with field experience in classrooms with Sped identified students.

Focus Areas

Bilingual Education. Students wishing to become certified as an elementary teacher with supplemental bilingual certification will select this as their focus area. The area includes coursework in Spanish and certification requires passing the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test in Spanish as well as TExES exams.

STEM Education. This focus area within the B.S. in Education is designed to prepare those who wish to emphasize in math, science, or technology as they prepare to be certified.

Literacy Education. This focus area within the B.S. in Education is designed to prepare those who wish to emphasize in working with elementary literacy and reading as they prepare to be certified.

AVID Education. This focus area within the B.S. in Education is designed to prepare those who wish to emphasize in strategies to teach using the AVID methods as they prepare to be certified.

Undergraduate Program Offerings & Course Descriptions

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    Bachelor’sUndergraduate Minor


      EDBL - Bilingual Education (Undergraduate Courses)EDCI - Educational Curriculum and Instruction (Undergraduate Courses)EDEL - Elementary Education (Undergraduate Courses)EDIT - Educational Instructional Technology (Undergraduate Courses)EDLL - Language Literacy Education (Undergraduate Courses)EDML - Education Middle Level (Undergraduate Courses)EDSE - Secondary Education (Undergraduate Courses)EDTP - Education Teacher Preparation (Undergraduate Course)