Trinity University's Teacher Preparation Program Named 'Exemplary'

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Susie P. Gonzalez
Feb. 13, 2013

Trinity University's Teacher Preparation Program Named 'Exemplary'

State and national reviewers also named six students as 'exceptional teacher candidates'

Trinity University's Teacher Preparation Program Named 'Exemplary'

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University's teacher preparation program has been recognized by a state and national panel for its "Exemplary Field-Based Instructional Practices," and six students were designated as "Exceptional Teacher Candidates."

The recognitions were awarded by the Quest for Quality Teacher Preparation in Texas, a collaboration between the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The initiative is funded through a grant from Sid W. Richardson Foundation to the College for All Texans Foundation.

Shari Albright, the Murchison Distinguished Professor of Practice and chair of Trinity's education department, noted that the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program was highlighted for its excellence in "the entirety of practices."

The Quest for Quality project seeks to promote and accelerate improvements in university-based teacher preparation programs by identifying exemplary teacher candidates and exemplary practices within existing programs. It also fosters broad scale application of best practices to improve quality and productivity in student recruitment and selection, course content and instructional delivery, field-based experiences, research and development, and school-university engagement.

Students nominated for the "exceptional teacher candidate" designation were independently reviewed using a blind review. Nominees had to demonstrate depth of the subject area they teach, excellence in planning and instructional delivery, and outstanding ability to create and maintain a positive, equitable, and engaging classroom environment.

All six Trinity students who were nominated received the designation, Albright said. The students are:

-          Samantha Bos

-          Catherine Davidson

-          Abbey Drake

-          Carrie Duesing

-          Elana Edwards

-          Leah Wesselman

Identified as one of the seven premier teacher preparation programs in the nation, Trinity University's five-year experience offers a combined baccalaureate and professional Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.