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TCU Finalist Again for Teacher Education Award

The Association of Teacher Educators has named the College of Education’s Early Childhood-6th Grade program as one of three finalists for the Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education award for the second year in a row.

The national association established the award to recognize teacher education programs that serve as a model for collaboration between higher education institutions and local and global education entities. The association will announce the 2020 winner at its 100th annual meeting in February.

“We are honored to be a finalist again because of the thoughtful and deliberate opportunities our faculty have created to develop future teachers as global citizens,” said Jan Lacina, interim dean for the College of Education.

TCU’s program prioritizes collaboration among faculty, students and local partners and implements effective approaches to curriculum and instruction. The program prepares graduates to teach every subject area for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade and includes coursework to prepare future teachers in the areas of special education, Teaching English to Students of Other Languages and bilingual education.

“Our teacher candidates engage in meaningful field experiences in a variety of settings, including public elementary schools, private elementary schools, and preschools both in Texas and abroad,” said Cynthia Savage, associate dean of undergraduate studies for the college. “These experiences afford our EC-6 candidates with crucial opportunities to interact with and teach children of diverse backgrounds and varying abilities and skills.”

Video: EC-6 students on their local and global teaching experiences

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