Admission to the Teacher Education Program

 

All Students seeking a teacher certification through Rio Grande College’s Educator Preparation Program must make application for the admission to the Teacher Education Program and Schedule an interview with the director of Teacher Education (TAC 227.10). 

 

Application deadlines

Summer I 2020 - May 15, 2020

Summer II 2020 - June 9, 2020

Fall 2020 - August 1, 2020

Spring 2021 - December 1, 2020

Summer I 2021 - May 1, 2021

Summer II 2021 - June 1, 2021

Fall 2021 - August 1, 2021

 

Criminal Background Check Notice

A background check is not required at the point of Admittance.  However, please be aware the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program and ultimately for issuance of a standard certificate.  Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code 249.16, you may be ineligible for issuance of a certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program due to offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession.  If you have a criminal history, the Department of Education at RGC recommends you

  1. review Texas Administrative Code 249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate for more information about specific offenses considered to relate directly to the duties and responsibilities of the education profession;
  2. pay for a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from the Texas Education Agency
  3. disclose this information to the Director of Teacher Education at RGC.

Faq Criminal History Evaluation:

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas-Educators/Investigations/preliminary-crimina...

 

Professional education courses cannot be taken until all of the following minimum requirments have been met and students are admitted into the Teacher Education Program:

 

Standards for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for grades EC-6 and 4-8

Must have applied and received an official degree plan from Education Department.

Must have met minimum Academic Admission Requirements.

Must have all General Education Requirements complete and grades must be posted.

Must have completed 12 hours in English coursework (to include ENGL 3312) with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have completed ENGL 3312 with no grade lower than a “B”.

                  *ENGL 3312 serves as a requirement of the Texas Success Initiative under rules established by the THECB, Part 1, Chapter4,

                   Subchapter C  of Texas Administrative Code Rule 4.54.  A grade of A or B must be received to satisfy the requirement.

Must have a minimum cumulative (all university coursework) GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have a minimum Academic Support Area GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition to the completion and grade requirement for ENGL 3312, a candidate must have completed a minimum of 21 hours in Academic Support Area with NO GRADE LOWER THAN A “C”.

 

Standards for Admission to the Teacher Education Program for grades 7-12

Must have met minimum Academic Admission Requirements.

Must have all General Education Requirements complete and grades must be posted.

Must have met all University and Departmental Requirements for degree.

Must have completed 12 hours in English coursework (to include ENGL 3312) with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have completed ENGL 3312 with no grade lower than a “B”.

                *ENGL 3312 serves as a requirement of the Texas Success Initiative under rules established by the THECB, Part 1, Chapter4,

                   Subchapter C of Texas Administrative Code Rule 4.54.  A grade of A or B must be received to satisfy the requirement.

Must have a minimum cumulative (all university coursework) GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Must have a minimum Content Major Area GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition to the completion and grade requirement for ENGL 3312, a candidate must have completed a minimum of 21 hours in Academic Support Area with NO GRADE LOWER THAN A “C”.

Must be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching.  Students who do not me this requirement during the screening process will be required to take the TOEFL and meet the minium passing scores approved by TEA.

 

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Information

The Science of Teaching Reading (STR) Exam

Overview of the STR Exam Requirement:

House Bill 3, passed during the 86th Texas Legislature, established the requirement that all teacher candidates who teach students in grades Pre-K-6 demonstrate proficiency in the science of teaching reading on a new, standalone certification exam. This requirement takes effect on January 1, 2021.

The STR exam will be required for the issuance of five certification fields.

· Early Childhood: EC – Grade 3

· Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading: Early Childhood–Grade 6

· Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading: Grades 4–8

· English Language Arts and Reading with Science of Teaching Reading: Grades 4–8

· English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies with Science of Teaching Reading: Grades 4–8

The STR exam will be required for the issuance of intern, probationary, and standard certifications for these certification fields beginning January 1, 2021.

Teachers who are currently standard certified in Core Subjects: EC-6, Core Subjects: 4-8, English Language Arts and Reading: 4-8, or English Language Arts and Social Studies: 4-8 will not be required to pass the STR exam for renewal of their certificate. The STR exam requirement only impacts candidates seeking certification after Jan. 1, 2021.

 

Test Approval Requirements

The SRSU Rio Grande College Department of Education utilizes test preparation software, Certify Teacher and 240 tutoring. The software program, in conjunction with individual study sessions with education faculty and embedded test preparation content within coursework, provides the student with the convenience of studying at their own pace, with access to flashcards and feedback specific to individual performance on each competency attempted.

 

Students are responsible for purchasing the software, when instructed by faculty. The Online option, NOT the Download or CD option, must be purchased.  This will allow web-access to the student regardless of the computer used. 

 

The student MUST stay in Study Mode in Certify Teacher until directed by faculty to switch to Exam Mode.  After you successfully pass Certify Teacher with a score of 260, The Director of Education will register you for the 240 Tutoring program. The Director of Teacher Education will only approve a student to register for the TExES exam when these two requirements are met:

 

  1. At least 6 hours have been completed and a passing score of 260 has been obtained on not more than two attempts in Exam Mode in Certify Teacher and
  2. You have successfully attained a score of 90 in the 240 tutoring post test program. 

 

Before purchasing the test preparation software, it is important to confirm with your advisor or faculty that the correct Content test is purchased.  Contact Dr. Jorge L. Garza at jorge.garza@sulross.edu or 830-703-4823 for more information. 

 

Certification Requirements
To be certified to teach in the Texas public school, a student must:
• Complete an accredited Education Preparation Program.
• Meet clinical teaching experience.
• Pass appropriate Professional and Pedagogy Responsibilties and Subject Comprehensive Exam.
• Apply for certification online

 

SRSU Policy:                  Student Grievance Procedure SRSU Policy ID:                        APM 4.07

Faculty Handbook ID: FH 2.26

Policy Reviewed by:       Executive Vice President and Provost Approval Authority:      President of the University

Approval Date:               April 4, 2017

Next Review Date:         April 4, 2022

 

  1. STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE REGARDING RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, SEX, AGE, OR DISABILITY

No student of Sul Ross State University shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any University program or activity. The following procedures are to be used in resolving claims of discrimination.

A.  Filing a Grievance

     1. If a student feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of any of the conditions listed above, he or she may file a complaint with the appropriate University officer as listed below:

Race, color, national or ethnic origin - Dean of Student Life Sex, including sexual harassment - Dean of Student Life Disability - ADA Compliance Officer

Other - Dean of Student Life

2.  The initial complaint should be discussed with the appropriate University officer within five class days of the occurrence of the action or condition giving rise to the complaint. Details should include the nature of the alleged discrimination, names of persons accused of discrimination, and relief sought. The officer shall explain the purpose of procedures and gain insight into the nature of the complaint. If possible, the complaint should be resolved in an informal manner at this level involving only the parties affected by the complaint. Within three class days of the original contact, the officer shall inform the student filing the complaint of the action to be taken.

3.  In the event that the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the complainant shall, within three class days, file a formal complaint with the University officer. The complaint shall consist of a more detailed written document and include the following:

     a.  full details of the alleged discrimination;

     b.  names of the person accused of discrimination;

     c.  times, dates, and places of the discrimination;

     d.  names of any witnesses; and,

     e.  relief or action sought by the grievant.

4.  Within three class days, the University officer will then contact the individuals alleged to have been involved in the discrimination, briefly outline the nature and circumstances of the complaint, and request, within three class days, a formal written statement in r                response to the allegations.

          5.  The grievance process has two major purposes:

               a.  to determine whether the policy, practice, or procedure alleged to be discriminatory is in fact a violation of federal, state, local or University policy related to discrimination and

               b.  to recommend, where appropriate, redress for the grievant.

          6.  The University officer will, within five class days of the receipt of the written responses from the individuals alleged to have been involved in the discrimination, conduct a hearing involving the grievant, any witnesses, and the respondents to determine the                                 appropriate course of action. This hearing shall be closed to the public, and the grievant may have an advisor present during the hearing.

               To the extent that the University representative uses legal counsel for other than advisory purposes during the hearing procedure, the grievant shall be afforded the same opportunity. The University shall give the grievant notification of the intent to use legal                           counsel for other than advisory purposes at the time the grievant is notified of the hearing.

          7.  Within five class days after the hearing, the University officer shall notify the grievant, the respondents, and the Associate Vice President for University Services of his or her decision and the course of action to be taken. This notification shall be in writing.

     B.  Appeals

          1.  Either the grievant or the respondents may appeal the decision of the officer to the Associate Vice President for University Services within five class days of the receipt of the written notification. The Associate Vice President for University Services, after reviewing the                 circumstances, shall render a decision, in writing, within five class days of the receipt of the appeal.

          2.  After the above appeal processes have been exhausted, appeal may be made to the President of the University, whose decision on a grievance shall be final and binding on all parties.

          3.  Nothing in this procedure shall be construed to limit, terminate, or waive any right of a student to seek relief in a court of proper jurisdiction for any student grievance for which a remedy is provided under the laws of the State of Texas or the United States of                           America.

          4.  Time extensions at any step in this procedure may be allowed if mutually agreeable to both the grievant and the appropriate University officer.

 

II.STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE REGARDING COURSE GRADES OR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF FACULTY

 

If a student disputes a course grade which has been reported to the registrar or if a student believes the conduct of an instructor in the instruction and/or administration of a course to be unprofessional, the student should discuss the concern with the instructor of the course. If the student is not satisfied with results of that discussion, the student should make an appointment to discuss the concern with the Chair of the Department. If the concern is not resolved at the department level, the student should meet with the Dean of the College.

If the student is unable to resolve the concern satisfactorily through the discussions, the student may file a formal grievance with the Dean of the College. The student grievance must be filed on the Student Grievance of Grade or Student Grievance of Professional Conduct forms. Any grievance regarding a grade or professional conduct must be filed within one year of receiving the grade or of the questioned professional conduct.

Upon receiving the appropriate form, the Dean of the College will transmit the grievance to the faculty member for response. The response from the faculty member will be transmitted to the department chair for review, comment and recommendation and then to the academic dean who either resolves in favor of the aggrieved student or determines that the faculty member’s action complied with University policy. The student may appeal the Dean’s determination to the Provost. The student may appeal to the President if the student considers the determination of the Provost to be unsatisfactory.

Appeal Form -Grievances Regarding Grades/Professional Conduct

 

In addition to the university student grievance procedures, RGC Educator Preparation Program candidates also have the avenue of resolving issues via the TEA complaint process:

The Texas Education Agency Complaint Process

The complaint process allows for an applicant candidate, employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school, or private school to submit a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution  Further information can be found at:

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Preparation_and_Continuing_Educati...