About Our Program
A major premise of Trinity University’s teacher preparation program is that good teachers are students -- of children and childhood, learners and learning, curriculum and pedagogy. In other words, teaching is “the learning profession” where continual inquiry is central to a teacher’s personal and professional growth over a lifetime of practice.
To help teacher candidates develop a stance of teacher as inquirer as well as the analytic skills needed to raise questions and investigate problems that arise in their own teaching and students’ learning, inquiry is folded into every stage of Trinity’s teacher certification program.
Trinity’s teacher education program uses a unique 5-year model. After graduating with their bachelor’s degree, candidates’ professional learning and field-based experiences begin in earnest. Interns are placed in cohorts of 7-12 and work closely with a single tenured faculty member who teaches many of their graduate courses and provides clinical supervision during their internship.
Key Program Features
Two central features of Trinity University’s teacher preparation program have enabled the faculty within the Department of Education to design and provide outstanding field-based instructional practices to teacher candidates in its three programs: Early Childhood – Grade 6; Grades 4-8; and Grades 8-12:
First, Trinity has developed long-term Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with a small number of carefully selected public schools serving students with varied cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, and academic backgrounds.
Second, Trinity has moved away from a traditional four-year program that culminates in a semester of student teaching to a five-year program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree. An eight-month internship completed during the fifth year in a Professional Development School is the centerpiece of the M.A.T. program.
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