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TCU Wins National Teacher Education Award

TCU ATE Teacher Education Award 2020

The College of Education’s Early Childhood-Sixth Grade program has received another national award. The Association of Teacher Educators announced TCU’s program as the Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education for 2020, given at their 100th annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

“The College of Education is honored to receive this prestigious national award. The Early Childhood-Sixth Grade program is recognized across the country as an exceptional program,” said Jan Lacina, Interim Dean for the College of Education.

The national association established the award to recognize teacher education programs that serve as a model for collaboration between higher education institutions and local education agencies. TCU has been named a finalist for the award for two consecutive years.

TCU’s program was recognized with the award for prioritizing 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 kindergarten 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.

“A unique aspect of our program is that we work with local, glocal and global partners. This affords our students with a variety of opportunities to engage in school settings that serve diverse populations, including the opportunity to student teach in an international placement for up to four weeks during their last semester,” said Cynthia Savage, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

In 2015, the Early Childhood-Sixth Grade program received the Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.