Island University Ranked Among Top 20 Colleges in the Nation for Elementary Teacher Prep Program

June 30, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked among the Top 20 College Campuses with the Best Elementary Undergraduate Programs by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which tied at No. 14, was one of five universities in Texas to be included in the top 20 of the national list along with the University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and Dallas Baptist University.

“We’re honored to be chosen among the nation’s top universities for our excellence in preparing high-quality elementary educators,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Our programs ensure that the teachers we graduate receive the proper instruction and hands-on experience needed to become effective leaders in the classroom.” 

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s elementary program was ranked on several key standards including selection criteria, early reading, elementary math, elementary content, and student teaching for its Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, EC-6 Generalist.

The College of Education provides opportunities for undergraduate students to spend a significant portion of their professional development courses observing and working with experienced teachers. This field-based program culminates in the student teaching experience, in which the student is assigned one-on-one with an experienced master teacher and moves from the observation through cooperative teaching to full responsibility for a class.

Several of these opportunities arise from the Early Childhood Development Center, an elementary school serving students age three through sixth grade that is operated jointly by the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. University professors and students benefit by using the site for research, educator training, and programming.