On a hot summer August afternoon in East Texas, 22 future teachers walked across the stage to receive their Masters of Education in the Art of Teaching degree’s from Texas A&M University – Commerce (TAMUC). The ceremony, which took place at the TAMUC Field House on campus in Commerce, TX marked the end of a 14-month journey for students in the Dallas Teacher Residency program – a graduate teacher preparation partnership between Dallas Teacher Residency and TAMUC.
Students selected to participate in the innovative graduate teacher preparation program were selected for their desire, pursuit, and commitment to teach in underserved communities in North Texas. During the 14-month graduate program, students spend an entire year in a clinical teaching internship where they develop their teaching skills under the guidance of an effective mentor teacher. In addition to the internship, students take graduate coursework delivered by TAMUC faculty in pursuit of their graduate degree and teacher certification. The rich clinical experience(s) students receive during their intern year combined with the closely aligned graduate coursework provides students with the preparation they need in order to be successful as first year teachers. Since 2013, 100 percent of program graduates have been hired by schools that partner with the program.
“These are the future teacher leaders and innovators our schools need,” said Dallas Teacher Residency Co-Founder, Rob DeHaas. “I am excited today because I know these individuals are incredibly well-prepared to teach students in schools and school districts that are often overlooked and underserved – they will undoubtedly make a positive impact in the lives of their students.”
In July, the program welcomed 27 new residents to the program – the program’s largest class to date.
About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System. Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 12,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 140 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from the world-class Keith D. McFarland Science Building and University Planetarium to the Sam Rayburn Student Center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and music hall. The university also has convenient locations in Corsicana, downtown Dallas, Midlothian, McKinney, Mesquite and Rockwall.