TSTC’s Education and Training program features a hybrid yet systematic mastery of academic and technical knowledge and skills.
New teachers and teacher assistants or paraprofessionals often face challenging goals for the achievement outcomes of their students. TSTC's faculty and facilities are designed to provide flexible career options to help future teachers meet those goals. The Education & Training program focuses on preparing new teachers and teacher assistants to enter schools at the early childhood through sixth-grade levels. It also emphasizes training for educators who will work with bilingual and special needs populations.
Night classes give TSTC students scheduling alternatives that conveniently adapt to individuals’ professional and family responsibilities. In many cases, this allows paraprofessionals and teacher assistants to pursue teacher certification. Credit options at TSTC cover training needs related to paraprofessional goals, government-mandated training for daycare providers, and teacher assistant qualifications, as well as hours needed to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in teacher certification.
The Education & Training program cooperates with four-year universities on articulation agreements that allow students to make a smooth, upward transfer toward a bachelor's degree.
All teachers find it important to develop specific instruction techniques and resources for individual learners. TSTC’s laboratory experiences give students ample opportunities to translate classroom lessons into hands-on strategies as they test their skills as leaders under the supervision of cooperating instructors and administrators in off-campus settings. Whether it's behavior management theories and discipline techniques, compliance with curriculum policies or routine school procedures, TSTC’s coursework prepares graduates to achieve their career goals.
What could be better than applying for teaching jobs with a resume loaded with recommendations from instructors who have helped guide your personal growth to become a professional?
What You’ll Do
TSTC’s Star Power Prep
TSTC's faculty represent a diverse group of experienced educators from many backgrounds and professional levels. Some of them are part-time instructors, guidance counselors and consultants at schools in the region. Many have excelled beyond the classroom to become administrators, school board members and serve on statewide committees. They are accustomed to working cooperatively with education agencies and institutions to offer in-depth opportunities to TSTC students.
It’s great to design and put up an attractive bulletin board, but it is meant to be a lot more than a work of art. It needs a central theme and symbolized design to convey a message to students, parents and visitors. What if you happen to be a prospective teacher lacking natural artistic ability? We’ll show you resources online and elsewhere to overcome that deficiency and make your classroom a complete learning environment.
Becoming an educator involves more than lesson plans, speaking at the front of a classroom, correcting assignments, administering tests and handing out report cards. Adults who closely work with young students must be capable of interacting effectively with students, parents and colleagues on many topics. The educator must be equipped with observation skills and be a good listener to absorb and analyze the educational and social situations of each student.
At TSTC, you will benefit from insights gleaned by faculty and enter classroom-type activities earlier than most students seeking higher degrees at four-year universities. You’ll have opportunity to test your skills and gauge your future challenges as you work toward a professional goal.
Small Class Size
At TSTC, the enrollment per class averages approximately 20 students. You’ll know your instructor well and he or she will know you as more than a face in the crowd, making a great environment for teamwork similar to the organization within departments at many schools.
TSTC’s Education and Training program may revolve around a physical classroom, but most of your instructional topics, assignments and projects will focus on what you will do as an educator. And, you will spend a substantial amount of time beyond the TSTC campus interacting with youngsters and supervisory instructors.
Expect to invest about 60 percent of your time learning by doing what you could expect to do as a professional after you graduate. This empowerment will build your confidence to succeed. Get ready to go far beyond reading, writing and mathematics!
You’ll become familiar with the theories behind educational methods, and you will experience the intrinsic reward of assisting students improve as you earn an Education and Training diploma.
How does the Advisory Committee add to your education?
The Education and Training Advisory Committee is comprised of educators with a wide scope of current educational practices who meet at least once a year to review the program’s courses and procedures. Committee members glean the latest curriculum, technology, theories and applications to make training recommendations in compliance with state and national standards, ensuring that TSTC students gain the qualifications sought out by school districts.
There are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates: