Center for Arts and Science Education Where am I now and where do I need to go? Timeline to Becoming a Certified Teacher!
CASE Staffwww.academics.utep.edu David Vasquez – College of Liberal Arts Teacher Preparation 747-5290 email@example.com Ana Lee Covey - College of Science Teacher Preparation 747-5032 firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen Esposito - College of Science Teacher Preparation 747-8468 email@example.com Dr. Michele Levy - Student Teaching and Induction 747-5025 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Amanda DeGraff - Student Data and Testing 747-8884 email@example.com
Prepare you for what to expect as you move towards graduation and certification Answer any questions you may have about testing, student teaching, graduation, and certification Objectives for Today:
To Get Hired as a Teacher: Take and pass UTEP required Content and PPR (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility) Qualifying exams. Take and pass Content and PPR TExES certification exams Graduate from UTEP Register and pay for your teaching license Pass a background check
Applications to Teacher Education In order to be accepted to the Teacher Education Program you must: Have a ‘C’ or better in: English 1311, 1312 Communication 1301/1302 Math 1319 or higher Pass the TASP or THEA with: 230 on the Math 220 on the Writing 250 on the Reading Complete 60 hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better
May 2010 End of Internship Your Goal: Complete all exams and have a teaching contract by Graduation!
Qualifying Exams In order to graduate you MUST receive a 78% on both of your qualifying exams 1 content exam – 2.5 hours long (science 5 hrs) 1 PPR exam – 2.5 hours long You can begin taking your qualifying exams as soon as you have been admitted to teacher education You MUST pass BOTH of the qualifying exams: to receive a grade for student teaching to graduate
UTEP Content qualifying exams Content first You’ve learned a majority of this material in your freshman, sophomore and junior level courses Prepare as if for the MCAT or GRE – lots of study time! Complete 6 documented hours of review offered by your college or at library Timeline is important!
UTEP PPR qualifying exams Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities The majority of this material is covered by your education courses Prepare as if for the MCAT or GRE – lots of study time! Complete 6 documented hours of review Timeline is important!
January 2010 Contact College to clear for graduation Form a study group ISD orientations Most internships begin Content review Content review
February 2010 Take Content Qualifying Register TExES computer- based content Content Review Content Review TExES computer -based content exam Content Review PPR Review
March 2010 PPR Review PPR Review PPR Review
April 2010 End of Internship Pass all exams by this date! Give feedback on teacher education program thru’ Survey Monkey UTEP Teacher Job Fair
How To Begin? Gather your resources and study them before content reviews! • Preparation Handbooks • http://texes.ets.org/texes/prepMaterials/ • Registration Bulletin • http://www.texes.ets.org/registrationBulletin/ • Know how the test is scored p. 38
Registration Bulletin • http://www.texes.ets.org/registrationBulletin/
Qualifying Exams - Studying • You must have 6 hours of review prior to every qualifying exam you take. • You should have much MORE than 6 hours. • Study for these exams like you would for your SAT or a final exam. • Review hours must be documented with proof
Qualifying Exams – Review Hours • Review schedule is on CASE website • http://academics.utep.edu/case • Review hours can be conducted at: • Library • College of Education • Ellen Esposito’s office (Math and Science) • Dr. Keith Ereckson’s office (History and Social Studies) • You can also attend content and PPR review sessions • Science – • You must take a 5 hour qualifying exam
Qualifying Exams - Registration • Registration for Content or PPR qualifying exams will ONLY be available 2 business days priorto the exam date. • FOR EXAMPLE: Test date March 7, 2009. Registration begins on March 5, 2009 @ 7:00 am. • Register at http://testing.utep.edu • in person at the Student Assessment & Testing Office (located in the Academic Advising Center Bldg, Suite 127) • call the TEST RESERVATION line at (915) 747-5009. (Required for science)
Qualifying exam – misc. • Instant results • Come prepared • Proof of 6 hours of review • Jacket • Water/snack (leave in locker) • Math – own calculator • New batteries! • Know how to clear the memory!
Certification Exams • You can begin taking your certification exams as soon as you have passed appropriate qualifying exam and have been admitted to Teacher Education • This means that if you set your timeline correctly, you should pass both of your certification exams before you graduate • Many tests are computer based and offered almost every week. Some are offered only three times a year!!!
Certification Exams Offered Via Computer for 2009-2010 • English as a Second Language Supplemental • Health EC–12 • History 8–12 • Life Science 8-12 • Mathematics 8–12 • Music EC–12 • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC–12 • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities 8–12 • Physical Education EC–12 • Science 8–12
TExES Registration Once you have passed, you will be cleared to take the appropriate state certification exam. • Step 1: OBTAIN YOUR TEA ID NUMBER The TEA ID number is used to register for your state certification exam. • Go to www.sbec.state.tx.us. Look for the section that reads Educator Login and click on “NEW USER?” • Supply all the necessary information to complete your educator profile including up- to-date e-mail and telephone contact numbers then proceed to Step 2.
TExES Registration • Step 2: REGISTER FOR YOUR STATE CERTIFICATION EXAM • You have two registration options: • ONLINE REGISTRATION: Go to www.texes.ets.org. Follow on-screen instructions and register for the exam you are eligible to take. • TELEPHONE REGISTRATION: Call 1-866-902-5922 to register for eligible exams.
Certification Exams • To become certified you must receive a score of at least 240 on your state content exam and state PPR exam. • These exams are each 5 hours long • These exams cost $120 per exam • 1 Content + 1 PPR = $240 • Every time you fail you must spend another $120 • $35 Late registration fee (paper-based tests);$75 Emergency registration fee (paper-based tests)
Studying for all 4 of your Exams • The qualifying exam is practice for your certification exam. • The time you spend studying for them helps prepare you for your certification exams. • Consider using the following study materials: • ETC test preparation handbooks • Cliff notes • Laminated Reference Guides • TAKS tests • State end of course exams
Study Groups • Consider forming a study group • Create your own group, one will not appear from nowhere. • Find other interested students: • Ask classmates you know and those you don’t • Announce the formation of a group at the start of class • Talk to your professors
Create Study Group Ground Rules • Be on time, respectful of others, cell phones, etc. • Be prepared • Have homework, preparation handbooks, calculators • Have questions about the subject ready to discuss • Bring class notes and textbooks that will help with the session • Have regular meetings – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly based on your timeline. • This is a study group, NOT a social group
Student Teaching • You will apply for student teaching the semester before you intend to be a student teacher • Dr. Michele Levy does the placements for Secondary and All-Levels • Before you can be placed you must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching • Attend student teaching orientations • CASE - Secondary • College of Education • School District • Student teaching is a FULL-TIME position • Plan ahead • From 8 am – 4 (or 5) pm you cannot work or take other classes.
University Career Services • Craig Thompson – Associate Director • Your contact for teaching jobs locally and across the country • Job Mine • Complete your job mine account so we can better serve you • You will need references and a resume!