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UNT Dallas, El Centro and Emerging Teacher Academy logos

El Centro College and the University of North Texas at Dallas Emerging Teacher Academy are hosting a signing ceremony for more than 20 students at Texans Can Academies on Friday, June 7. The ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. at Texans Can Academy, located at 325 W. 12th Street, in Dallas.

“As two-year and four-year institutions across Texas continue to struggle with low transfer rates and lack of transferability of community college credits, this bold new Emerging Teacher Academy between UNT Dallas and El Centro College strives to eliminate those issues,” said Dr. Greg Morris, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Plus, we are creating a new pathway pipeline for one of the most important careers in our country—the path to become a teacher.”

Dr. James Ponce, Texans Can Academies Chief of Schools, said “Texans Can Academies is excited about the partnership with the UNT Dallas and El Centro College Emerging Teacher Academy. Additionally, Texans Can Academies' students are looking forward to following their dream of becoming a teacher under the tutelage of El Centro College and UNT Dallas professors.”

El Centro/UNT Dallas Emerging Teacher Academy highlights:

  • Students will be concurrently enrolled at El Centro College and UNT-Dallas.
  • Students will be taught by El Centro College and UNT-Dallas’s Professors during the same semester.
  • Students will be able to take the DART Blue line from the West End to the UNT-Dallas campus.
  • Students will be eligible for El Centro/UNT-Dallas Emerging Teacher Academy merit-based scholarships.
  • Students will be assigned to an advisor to ensure they have a smooth transition into the program.
  • Students will be assigned to a career counselor for job placement after graduation.

For more information, please contact William Smith, Associate Dean of Academic Transfer, at or 214-860-2497.