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5 Things You Should Know About the TCU College of Education

From the TCU Admission Blog

The TCU College of Education is preparing teachers who are ready to change the world through innovation, dedication and education. The College of Education shapes educators who will teach the next generation of doers, dreamers and trailblazers. Learn more about the TCU College of Education and what sets us apart.

  1. TCU is the only university in the nation with two on-campus special education laboratory schools. The two lab schools on TCU’s campus, Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School, provide TCU students from multiple degree plans with an opportunity to learn and work with children who attend the schools. KinderFrogs is an early intervention program for children with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Starpoint is an individualized academic program for children ages 6-11 with learning differences. TCU students are an active and vital part of the lab schools serving as observers, practice teachers, classroom aides and beginning educational researchers.
  2. Field experiences start freshman year. Knowing how to teach is just as important as knowing what to teach. As early as freshman year, our students begin observing in classrooms across the community to see what it takes to be a teacher. After completing their field experiences, students complete a full-time, semester-long clinical practice in a local school. By graduation, students will have over 500 hours of real-world classroom experience.
  3. The COE is home to five educational research and outreach programs. The Center for Public Education, Andrews Institute of Mathematics and Science Education and Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute produce research and provide outreach opportunities that enrich educational practice and address the needs of today’s schools. TCU TRiO Programs and the College Advising Corps work to prepare students for college through advising, mentoring and academic support. Learn more about our research and outreach programs here.
  4. Students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years. Through the Accelerated Master’s Program, students have the opportunity complete a bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in five years. Students begin master’s level courses during senior year and can complete their master’s degree in a little over a year. Accelerated M.Ed. degrees include Curriculum and Instruction (Curriculum Studies, Language and Literacy, Mathematics Education, and Science Education specializations) or Special Education.
  5. Students can spend three weeks teaching in Europe. Understanding how global education systems work is an important part of being an educator. The College of Education International Student Teaching Program allows students to spend three weeks teaching in schools across Europe. We also offer summer study abroad trips that explore international educational approaches, advocacy, and policy by visiting schools and government organizations. Teach and study in the following countries:
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

For more information on TCU’s College of Education, please visit coe.tcu.edu.