Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave Texas Tech University's educator preparation program, TechTeach, the distinction of Vetted Teacher Residency Program. TechTeach was one of 15 programs named to the 2021-22 approved list.
Programs are selected for offering high-quality teacher residency programs where a teacher candidate is paired with an experienced, highly effective mentor teacher for a full year of clinical training in a K-12 classroom. Residencies take place at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate level. In some cases, residents receive a stipend during the year-long residency.
“We are pleased to receive this distinction following a rigorous application process,” said Doug Hamman, chair of the Teacher Education Department at Texas Tech. “TechTeach has successfully utilized residency experiences with partner school districts around the state – in both rural and urban areas – as part of a ‘grow your own' approach to educator preparation. Aspiring teachers have the opportunity to be prepared in their home communities, where they are more likely to stay and teach following graduation.”
As a result of this distinction, partner school districts can support paid residencies using ESSER funds, specifically the Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS), for the next three school years.