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Career shift: Accelerated teacher training program

(Aug. 15, 2008)--There will be an information session on UTSA's Accelerated Teacher Education Program (A-TEP) from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28 in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.322 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, A-TEP is a comprehensive teacher-preparation program offering certification in mathematics, science and special education.

Part of the College of Education and Human Development's Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE), the transition-to-teaching program recruits recent college graduates or second-career professionals with degrees in mathematics, science or human services-related fields to teach in San Antonio area public schools. A-TEP facilitates the students' teacher preparation and certification by enrolling them in a complete accelerated preparation program at UTSA.

A-TEP partners with various San Antonio area school districts to facilitate the students' transition into the classroom. Placement as a teacher of record will be within those specific districts while the student is preparing for Texas teaching certification. On completion of the program, students may qualify for a teaching certificate issued by the Texas Board of Educators certification office.

The program offers oversight through involved principal investigators, education through concerned faculty, mentoring and coaching support from induction year specialists, and a career transition coach. A-TEP provides support not only through the teacher-preparation courses, but also as they begin their journey in the teaching profession.

Participants have access to numerous resources to help them become highly qualified teachers including a lending library, online resources, professional development and mentoring. ATE-P courses count toward teacher certification and a master's degree, subject to appropriate approvals. A $4,000 stipend/scholarship is available for qualified applicants.

For more information, visit the Academy for Teacher Excellence Web site or contact Nidia Tijerina, recruitment coordinator, at (210) 458-3170 or 458-6170.

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