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UTSA’s Teacher Preparation Program recognized by the NCTQ

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The work of faculty in the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and Bicultural-Bilingual departments has led to national recognition of UTSA’s teacher preparation program by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a research and policy organization that is committed to modernizing the teaching profession. The NCTQ Teacher Prep Review evaluates the quality of programs that provide preservice preparation of teachers. 


The 2020 edition will recognize UTSA for providing its teacher candidates with strong preparation in early reading instruction. This includes placing teacher candidates in Head Start classrooms within San Antonio area school districts, including PreK4SA, where they can apply what they are learning. UTSA’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Early Childhood through Grade 6 Certification as well as the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program: Core Subjects EC-6 (Elementary) both received a grade of A from the NCTQ. UTSA is part of a small nationwide group to earn a grade of A as a result of providing the following: explicit and repeated instruction on each of the five components of reading instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension), support for instruction with high-quality textbooks that accurately detail established principles of scientifically-based reading practice, and opportunities for teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery through in-class assignments, tests, and fieldwork. 


Dr. Iliana Alanis, who co-developed an early language and literacy course in UTSA’s EC-6 certification program, describes the work ethic that led to this recognition. “ILT faculty are always working to strengthen our EC-6 program of study so that teacher candidates have a strong understanding of the developmental nature of children’s learning as well as the sociocultural and political aspects of teaching. As we address the science of reading, we take into consideration the substantial research that indicates children benefit from highly qualified and reflective teachers who provide culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate experiences and interactions.” Alanis reflects on the acknowledgement from the NCTQ. “The national recognition illuminates the efforts to provide teacher candidates with the skills they need to create effective environments, instructional activities, and assessments. We believe their success ultimately translates to success for the children and families in our community.” 





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