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What is TechTeach?
TechTeach is a clinically intensive, competency based program designed to prepare teachers who will improve the academic achievement of K-12 students. It is among the first in the nation to combine intense, clinical experiences with opportunities to dramatically improve effective teaching behaviors in order to impact student learning.
New teacher candidates will start working in classrooms in the first semester, work closely with mentors to improve the achievement of their students throughout the program, and receive support and specific feedback aimed at improving their teaching behaviors. Course work during the program is practical, and designed to prepare teacher candidates to implement teaching that impacts student learning.
Key features of TechTeach
There are four key features of TechTeach that set it apart from other programs, and in combination make this experience so powerful.
- TechTeach uses the TAP rubric to clearly define effective instructional behaviors, and provide concrete ways for teacher candidates to improve.
- TechTeach candidates begin working in classrooms in the first semester and begin student teaching one full semester earlier than other programs.
- TechTeach candidates use state of the art digital technology to capture and review their own instruction. Starting in the first semester, candidates use their own video footage for evaluation and improvement.
- TechTeach candidates work in partner districts alongside an experienced, handpicked mentor teacher committed to the professional growth of their teacher candidate. Co-teaching involves working together to plan, carry out, evaluate and adjust instruction in whole-group and small-group settings.
Benefits of TechTeach
TechTeach will provide our candidates with instructional tools that will give them experience beyond that of a first or second year beginning teacher. The instructional program and clinical experience surpasses that of any other teacher education program.
The College of Education handbooks provide information for the TechTeach program. From courses to field experience, details of your program are included in this handbook to help you understand and be successful in TechTeach.
Mentor Teacher Program
TechTeach Across Texas
Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
Texas Tech University is privileged to participate in a pilot for a new state proposed portfolio assessment. This assessment was established by Stanford University and is used as a tool to verify a students' competency through application rather than a multiple-choice exam.
The Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is a subject-specific portfolio-based assessment that will allow students to demonstrate readiness for a full-time classroom teaching assignment.
The College of Education advisors work with closely with all students in the College of Education and across campus who are seeking teacher certification.
Not sure who to contact for help? Check out our Who to Contact page to find out.
Interested in Teaching?
Are you interested in teaching but not sure what degree you should pursue in order to teach your preferred level of student? We've put together a handy chart to help your decision-making process.
We've also prepared a TechTeach Teacher Certification Expenses document to help you better estimate your costs.
The College of Education sponsors multiple Study Abroad Experiences for our future educators. Students can participate in study abroad experiences after completion of two long semesters at Texas Tech.
Dr. Comfort Pratt leads a study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain. In Salamanca, the students take Spanish language and culture classes daily at Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, work in two trilingual schools and participate in excursions to Madrid, Toledo and Segovia.
For more information please contact Dr. Comfort Pratt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drs. Button and Johnson lead a Maymester Study Abroad trip to Santiago, Dominican Republic. The students live with Dominican families during their stay, work daily in a bilingual school, attend an evening university course with local Dominican teachers and participate in excursions to the rain forest in Jarabacoa, the beaches in Puerto Plata, and local museums in Santiago.
For more information please contact Dr. Kathryn Button via email at email@example.com.
City Year Boston
Students participating in City Year Boston spend a year helping students in high-need schools to get the support they need to graduate and succeed. Participants assist schools and districts by serving as academic support as well as mentor figures for students who need help to get back on track or stay on track to graduate.
The College of Education scholarships are supported by over sixty endowments and gifts given to the college to help support our students. Our College of Education scholarship office awarded over $400,000 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. We also offer a large number of scholarships specifically for TechTeach candidates in their second semester of student teaching. TechTeach scholarships are awarded based on need and performance during their early semesters in the program.
For questions about College of Education scholarships please contact the scholarship coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on university scholarships offered at Texas Tech University please visit www.scholarships.ttu.edu.
The College of Education provides opportunities for you to get involved with education organizations that will help guide you toward your professional education goals.
Visit the College of Education Student Life page for more information.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center in the College of Education provides teacher candidates with all the essentials needed to prepare an interactive classroom. Students have access to textbooks, certification preparation materials, laminating machines, die-cuts, and various creative supplies to assist in completing assignments throughout the course of their studies.