TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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TSTC Advantage

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

  • Fulfill State Board for Educator Certification standards for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

  • Prepare to become an educator knowledgeable in a wide range of technical educational competencies through observation in off-campus classroom settings, familiarization with the operation of instructional technology and firsthand leadership of youngsters under the supervision of professional educators

  • Understand the application of teaching methodologies of teachers and assistants within public schools, private schools and daycare facilities.

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • Education and Training program students may choose:
    1. credits and courses necessary to meet state or a school district's requirements
    2. a 49-hour Certificate of Completion
    3. a 69-hour Associate of Applied Science degree
    4. transfer of the AAS degree toward a bachelor's degree as a certified teacher or a higher degree at a four-year university.
  • TSTC’s small class sizes maximize contact between instructors and students; plus, the laboratory settings facilitate flexible lesson deliveries and interaction between students.
  • Classes are taught by faculty with years of experience as educators in classroom and administration positions. Many faculty members remain active as professionals working within school districts and other colleges in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • All Education and Training students undergo extensive instruction at TSTC before gaining hands-on experience in actual job environments as daycare assistants, paraprofessionals, teacher assistants or teachers. The faculty and cooperating teachers give students plenty of support and constructive feedback.


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.

Job Credibility

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.

Hands-on Learning

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.

Advisory Committee

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:

  • Approximately 60 percent of your preparation at TSTC is spent in hands-on activities that reflect what professional educators regularly do in schools.
  • The off-campus experiences TSTC students gain parallel actual working environments in schools and day-care centers.
  • Potential employers know that TSTC graduates benefit from a variety of experiences including positive feedback from cooperating supervisors at participating schools.
  • Education and Training students demonstrate their passion for helping children through active participation in extra-curricular events to support local schools.