By enrolling in this course of study, you have taken a major step toward achieving your goal of becoming an extraordinary teacher of children. While pursuing this Associate Degree, you will discover that the teaching profession is a noble one, with many intrinsic rewards. Most importantly, you will discover that a teaching career is not for the faint of heart or the uncommitted. You will experience the exhilaration of working with students, teachers and other aspiring teachers who exemplify the dedication and passion needed to make a difference in the lives of young people.
By the time you finish this program, you will know whether or not you really WANT TO BE A TEACHER, and whether you really HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT TEACHER!
The El Centro Teacher Preparation Program has joined with universities in the DFW area to develop a specialized curriculum that emphasizes multicultural concepts and practices, along with early urban field experiences so that we can prepare future teachers to be true multicultural educators.
The Teacher Preparation Program is unique because students may enroll for freshman/sophomore level courses in Educational Personnel that invite serious exploration of educational practices and issues. At the same time, they can pursue the university transfer core curriculum.
Many of the required courses have field components. Each Teacher Prep course includes specific reading, writing, and speaking requirements derived from the exceptional language skills needed by students if they hope to become effective teachers. Our courses are also designed to help students prepare for success in university courses that focus on TexEs competencies.
The Teacher Preparation faculty believe that "we teach who we are," and so our program focuses not only on the usual skills and competencies required of teachers, but also on cultivating self-awareness, empathy, and spirit that can truly transform a learning environment into a place that makes a difference. Our faculty serve as mentors and models, providing exceptional support and inspiration.