Department of Teacher Education

Chair: Diane Myers, Associate Professor
Location: SH 114
Phone: 940-898-2271
Fax: 940-898-2270
E-mail:
teachereducation@twu.edu

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Students interested in becoming teachers in Texas should see the College of Professional Education section of the catalog.

The Department of Teacher Education offers courses in support of undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate teacher preparation, and graduate studies in the areas of education, bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) education, special education and educational administration.

To meet the state requirements for teacher certification, undergraduate students select a major in the College of Professional Education (Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies), the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Health Studies, and complete a minor in Education.

General Description

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is required for students seeking certification in Early Childhood – Grade 6 Core Subjects, Bilingual or ESL or Special Education; Grade 4-Grade 8 Core Subjects, Bilingual or ESL, or Special Education, and Grade 4-Grade 8 English Language Arts and Reading. No grade below a “C” will be accepted for any course in the major or minor.

Students preparing for teacher certification in other all-level or content-specific areas select a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Health Sciences. All undergraduate teacher certification candidates complete a minor in Education.

Special Education

The degree program in special education prepares teachers to work effectively with students with exceptional needs in a variety of instructional arrangements. Students in special education complete a degree program that leads to Early Childhood-Grade 6 or Grades 4-8 Core Subjects certification and certification in Special Education. Certification in special education may be added to a secondary content area or all-level teaching certificates.

Bilingual or ESL Education

The degree program in bilingual education prepares teachers to work effectively with linguistically diverse students in a variety of settings. Students complete a degree/certification program that leads to Early Childhood – Grade 6 or Grades 4 – 8 Bilingual or ESL Core Subjects certification. Oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish is required for the Bilingual Certificate.

EDBE 4453 is a prerequisite for bilingual certificate coursework.

Graduate Courses

Please refer to the Graduate Catalog or for information about our graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, Educational Leadership, and Bilingual Education.

Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog regarding acceptance into TWU.

To obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program, you must have:

(All criteria required before taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482, EDUC 4113, EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching)

  • Completion of EDUC 2003 (C or better)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Testing Requirements
    • TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; OR
    • Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; OR
    • ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; OR
    • SAT Scores:
      • Prior to March 5, 2016 - Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070;
      • On/After March 5, 2016 – EBRW 480, Math 530

                         ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old

  • Successful completion of SPCH 1013 or other course approved to meet Oral Communication competency
  • Successful completion of a pre-admission interview with assigned faculty advisor
  • Minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought
  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics
  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee
  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Students must maintain the admission requirements to remain a student in the TWU Education Preparation Program.

Minor in Education

Education Minor: 20 SCH

EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4__6Student Teaching or Internship6
Total Semester Credit Hours20

Billingual Education Courses

EDBE 3003. Linguistics for ESL Educators. Essentials of English phonology, morphology, and syntax and their pedagogical implications for teaching English as a second language (ESL). Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3013. Second Language Assessment and Monitoring. Formal and informal language assessment procedures commonly used with English language learners in K-12 classrooms. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3113. Bilingual Education: Instructional Applications and Materials. Subject matter centers on the teaching of limited English proficiency children with particular emphasis on language assessment techniques, curriculum design, program implementation and materials. Observation in classrooms. Prerequisite: Junior standing, knowledge of Spanish preferred. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3453. Teaching English As a Second Language. Analysis of social and linguistic factors associated with second language learners and the acquisition of the English language. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 3643. Foundations of Bilingual Education. A study of the historical, legal, and theoretical foundations of bilingual education, including a review of programmatic designs. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 4453. Theories of Second Language Acquisition for ESL and Bilingual Teachers. Theories and research in bilingualism and its influence on learning and instruction, including developmental characteristics of language acquisition, relationship between bilingualism and cognition, and issues in assessment of bilingual children. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 4723. Teaching the Content Areas in the Bilingual Classroom. Analysis of Texas public school curriculum requirements as applied to a bilingual program. Language concepts and proficiencies needed to deliver effective mathematics, social skills, and sciences instruction. Primary delivery in Spanish. Prerequisites: Junior level Spanish courses or demonstrated proficiency in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDBE 4913. Independent Study. Independent study of specificproblems in bilingual or ESL education. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

Special Education Courses

EDSP 4203. Learners with Exceptionalities. Overview of characteristics of exceptional learners and the history, terminology, legal issues, and service provision for students eligible for special education. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4223. Characteristics of Students with Learning and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. Characteristics, identification, and etiology of students with learning and emotional/behavioral disorders focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4243. Assessment of Students with Learning and Behavioral Difficulties. Theories, instruments, and procedures used in the assessment of students with learning and behavioral difficulties, including norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and informal procedures. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4253. Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities. Instructional strategies and accommodations/modifications for curriculum in oral language, literacy, math, and social skills for students with disabilities. Includes cognitive and compensatory strategies for content area curriculum. Field work required. Three lecture and one field work hour a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4263. Behavior Management Strategies for Student with Disabilities. Behavior management strategies, behavior interventions, and social skills development for students with disabilities. Three lecture and one field work hour a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4273. Changing Role of the General and Special Educator. Current trends and issues in the field of special education, focusing on the role of general and special educator in a variety of settings and service provision models. Includes collaboration/consultation with family and service providers, transition services, inclusion, literacy, community service programs, and alternative placements. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDSP 4913. Independent Study. Independent study of specific problems in special education. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

Education Courses

EDUC 2003. Schools and Society. (TCCN EDUC 1301) Professional roles, responsibilities, and structure of American and Texas educational systems; legal and ethical requirements of professional educators. Importance of family involvement in the educational process. Utilization of effective interaction and communication with families, school personnel, and other members of the educational community. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 2703. Gender and Education. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between gender and education in the U.S. Explores how gender relationships are created, maintained, enacted, and transformed through educational structures, practices, and institutions. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 3003. Learning Theory and Development. Overview of the major learning theories and developmental models that impact student learning; instruction that promotes meaningful, integrated, active inquiry, and participation in the learning process. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: EDUC 3482. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 3482. Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration. Implementation of effective and appropriate approaches to integrating innovative technology in diverse EC-12 classrooms. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. Co-requisite: EDUC 3003. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

EDUC 4003. Student Teaching: Dance. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4006. Student Teaching: Dance. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4013. Student Teaching: Biology. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4016. Student Teaching: Biology. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4023. Student Teaching: Business. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4026. Student Teaching: Business. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4033. Student Teaching: Chemistry. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4036. Student Teaching: Chemistry. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4043. Student Teaching: English. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4046. Student Teaching: English. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4052. Practicum in Special Education. Credit: Two hours.

EDUC 4053. Practicum in Special Education. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4063. Student Teaching: General Science. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4066. Student Teaching: General Science. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4073. Student Teaching: Government. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4076. Student Teachnig: Governement. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4083. Student Teaching: Health. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4086. Student Teaching: Health. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4093. Student Teaching: History. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4096. Student Teaching: History. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4103. Student Teaching: Family and Consumer Sciences. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4106. Student Teaching: Family and Consumer Sciences. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4113. Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment. Design and implementation of instruction appropriate for all students; continuous and appropriate assessment; responsive instruction and effective communication techniques; instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process; timely, high-quality feedback. Prerequisites: EDUC 3003 and EDUC 3482, and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: EDUC 4243. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4116. Student Teaching: Journalism. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4123. Student Teaching: Mathematics. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4126. Student Teaching: Mathematics. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4146. Student Teaching: Physics. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4163. Student Teaching: Reading. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4166. Student Teaching: Reading. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4176. Student Teaching: Sociology. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4183. Student Teaching: Economics. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4186. Student Teaching: Economics. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4193. Student Teaching: Physical Science. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4196. Student Teaching: Physical Science. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4223. Student Teaching: Computer Science. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4226. Student Teaching: Computer Science. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4233. Student Teaching: Theatre Arts. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4236. Student Teaching: Theatre Arts. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4243. Classroom Environment and Management. Factors which foster a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence: physically and emotionally safe and productive environments; effective learner-centered strategies for managing student behavior; social, legal, and ethical issues regarding the use of technology within the teaching and learning environment. Prerequisites: EDUC 3003 and EDUC 3482, and admission to Teacher Education Program. Co-requisite: EDUC 4113. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4283. Student Teaching: Life/Earth Science. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4286. Student Teaching: Life/Earth Science. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4293. Student Teaching: Kinesiology (Physical Education). Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4303. Student Teaching: Kindergarten. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4306. Student Teaching: Kindergarten. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4313. Student Teaching: Elementary. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4316. Student Teaching: Elementary. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4323. Student Teaching: Bilingual. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4326. Student Teaching: Bilingual. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4333. Student Teaching: English as a Second Language. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4336. Student Teaching: English as a Second Language. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4343. Student Teaching: Life Science 8-12. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4346. Student Teaching: Life Science 8-12. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4356. Student Teaching: English/Language Arts. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4363. Student Teaching: Social Studies. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4366. Student Teaching: Social Studies. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4373. Student Teaching: Secondary Special Education. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4376. Student Teaching: Secondary Special Education. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4703. Student Teaching: Hearing Impaired. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4706. Student Teaching: Hearing Impaired. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4713. Student Teaching: EC-6 Grade 4. Student teaching or internship. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4716. Student Teaching: EC-6 Grade 4. Student teaching or internship. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4743. Student Teaching: Generic Special Education. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4746. Student Teaching: Generic Special Education. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4753. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4756. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4763. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 English, Language Arts, and Reading. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4766. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 English, Language Arts, and Reading. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4773. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 Social Studies. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4776. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 Social Studies. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4783. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 Mathematics. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4786. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 Mathematics. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4793. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 Science. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4796. Student Teaching: Grades 4-8 Science. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4813. Student Teaching: All-Level Art. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4816. Student Teaching: All-Level Art. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4823. Student Teaching: All-Level Music. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4826. Student Teaching: All-Level Music. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4833. Student Teaching: All-Level Kinesiology. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4836. Student Teaching: All-Level Kinesiology. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4913. Independent Study. Independent study of specific problems. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4923. Internship in Teaching. Credit: Three hours.

EDUC 4926. Internship in Teaching. Credit: Six hours.

EDUC 4936. Practicum in Teaching. Credit: Six hours.

Professors

ANDERSON, GINA B., Professor of Teacher Education; Interim Associate Dean of the College of Professional Education. B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.S., Oklahoma State University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
COWART, MELINDA F., Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.Ed., Texas A&M-Commerce; Ed.D., Texas A&M-Commerce .
FEYTEN, CARINE M., Chancellor and President; Professor of Teacher Education. B.A., Universite' Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; M.A., Universite' Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Ph.D., University of South Florida.
HANSEN-THOMAS, HOLLY, Professor of Teacher Education. B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., University of Texas at San Antonio; Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio.
PEMBERTON, JANE B., Professor of Teacher Education; Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. B.S., Kansas State University; M.S., Kansas State University; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
SANCHEZ, CLAUDIA D., Professor of Teacher Education. B.A., Escuela Normal Superior de Coahuila : Saltillo, Mexico; B.A., Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila : Saltillo, Mexico; M.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University.
WHITWORTH, JERRY E., Professor of Teacher Education; Interim Dean of the College of Professional Education. B.A., University of Kansas; M.S., Fort Hays State University; Ed.D., University of Missouri, Columbia.

Associate Professors

DUNLAP, KAREN L., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.S.Ed., Stephen F. Austin State University; M.Ed., Stephen F. Austin State University; Ed.D., University of Texas, El Paso.
FREDRICKSON, REBECCA R., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.F.A, Stephen F. Austin State University; M.Ed., University of Texas at Tyler; Ed.D., Stephen F. Austin State University.
LERNER, BARBARA A., Associate Professor of Teacher Education; Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Partnerships. B.A., George Washington University; M.A., George Washington University; Ph.D, Texas Woman's University.
MALONE, PEGGY N., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce; M.Ed., Texas A&M University-Commerce; Ed.D., Baylor University.
McMAHAN, SARAH K., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., Abilene Christian University; M.Ed., Abilene Christian University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
MYERS, DIANE M., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.A., Connecticut College; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
SOURDOT, LUDOVIC, Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., Arkansas State University; M.Ed., Texas State University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University .
STARRETT, TERESA M., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., University of North Texas; M.Ed., University of North Texas; Ed.D., University of North Texas.
TRUJILLO-JENKS, LAURA A., Associate Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Austin Peay State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.

Assistant Professors

GOO, MINKOWAN, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. B.A., Daegu University; M.A., Daegu University; Ph.D., University of Iowa.
HURLBUT, AMANDA R., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., University of North Texas; M.Ed., Dallas Baptist University; Ph.D., University of North Texas.
KRUTKA, DANIEL G., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.Ed., University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.

Visiting Assistant Professors

BIGGERS, AMANDA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., Texas Tech University; M.Ed., Texas A&M University, College Station; Ph.D., The University of Iowa.
HERNANDEZ, LUIS J., Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. B.Ed., Universidad Catolica Andres Bello; M.S., University of North Texas.
SOSA-SANCHEZ, PATRICIA Y., Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. B.S., Texas Woman's University; M.S., Texas Woman's University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.