The College of Education and Human Development is home to more than 7,000 students and is the premier teacher prep program in Texas. Faculty and graduates of the college work in 211 of 254 Texas counties. The school is the state’s No. 1 producer of math and science teachers and is within the state’s top five producers of special education and bilingual teachers. Most Aggies pursuing a teaching path log approximately 700 classroom hours during college and secure job placements before they graduate. The college’s graduates have a 25 percent higher teaching retention rate over a five-year period than the national average.
This heat map illustrates the concentration and location of where graduates from the College of Education and Human Development teach in Texas.
To earn a teaching certification, students must pass both a pedagogy and professional responsibilities exam—instruction in how to teach—as well as a content exam for their desired grade and subject. Those who want to teach at a high school level must also get a degree in their discipline.
To increase the number of certified teaching graduates in the state of Texas, the college is developing cross-campus partnerships that will enable more students to add a teaching certification to their Texas A&M degrees without extending their degree time. “We’re making it easier for Aggies from all disciplines to find their pathway to becoming a teacher,” said Michael de Miranda, department head of teaching, learning and culture. The college already has partnerships with the colleges of science and engineering and is working to build others across campus.
“We cannot emphasize enough how crucial and critical the role of preparing teachers is to the state, nation and world,” said Dean Joyce Alexander. “Aggie teachers are courageous and fearless. They are taking on a big job for the rest of us. Our graduates are passionate and dedicated in keeping with the Aggie spirit, well-prepared in their content knowledge of subjects, and have a strong preparation in pedagogy.”
To keep up with changing classroom technologies, the college’s faculty are also leading fearlessly by gaining new insights about teaching through research. Notable achievements include the development of programs that help with elementary-level reading comprehension and the development of an eye-tracking software that shows where and what people focus on to understand how reading can be improved. “The educator of the 21st century looks much different than that of 50 years ago,” said de Miranda. “We have to constantly evolve to stay at the forefront of our discipline and to ensure that we meet the needs of future generations.”