The Department of Teacher Education seeks to graduate teachers who critically analyze educational practices in light of their benefit to learners in our diverse community; and to promote an understanding of global issues in education in an international context via our bicultural and bi-national focus.Through our field-based professional development school models, we prepare teachers who:
- Demonstrate the pedagogical and content knowledge, skills, and dispositions that help all students learn;
- Design learning environments that are infused with educational analysis and critique in the context of culture, community, power and knowledge;
- Understand the social, political and historical implications of diverse educational models; and
- Lead to improved educational programs in the communities they serve.
At the graduate level we assist professionals in their journey toward excellence through several master degree options and through programs for certification as Texas Master Teachers. Early Childhood and Bilingual Education Master's Degrees are fully online. For more information on these graduate programs visit the Department’s Graduate Programs website at:
http://academics.utep.edu/tedgrad or email at
Many externally funded programs enhance the work of the Department of Teacher Education. For example, we are active participants in the UTEP Carnegie Teachers for a New Era. Our faculty interact with faculty from other colleges to examine issues in teacher preparation through research initiatives, and develop and implement programs to improve teacher preparation.
Our 42 faculty members and full-time lectures are actively involved in the local community through service in many areas that focus on educational improvement. They bring perspectives from their backgrounds in diverse locations such as Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Turkmenistan, and many locations across the United States, and several from the local community who returned to their border home. They bring degrees from Arizona State University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, Harvard, Indiana University, Kazan State Pedagogical University, Purdue University, Russia, New Mexico State University, Stanford, Texas A & M, Texas Tech, University of Arizona, University of California LA, University of Colorado, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, University of Houston, University of Mississippi, University of New Mexico, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UTEP, and Washington State University.
To inform the field of educational research about best practices in teaching and learning in diverse, and particularly, multilingual communities such as ours, we conduct and make public quality research that focuses on educational experiences on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border. We contribute to the university vision to create and maintain multicultural, inter-American educational research collaborations.During 2005, Teacher Education faculty collectively published 11 books, 32 research summaries in peer-reviewed journals, multiple chapters, theoretical pieces, and technical manuals. Teacher Education faculty also host the biannual International Conference on Education, Labor, and Emancipation
) which is held at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and at UTEP.
María Teresa de la Piedra, PhD.
Teacher Education Department Chair