Dean Einstein and Frank Hernandez, Dean of the College of Education, discussed opportunities for education students in a Facebook Live Q&A. They offered insight into how TCU prepares the next generation of educators and youth advocates. Watch the video below for timestamps to find the answers to your questions!
TCU has received six national awards for educator preparation programs over the past decade and most undergraduate students in the college focus on teaching in K-12 schools. Two new programs provide opportunities for students to make an impact outside of the classroom, including the Youth Advocacy & Educational Studies (YAES) program and the Interdisciplinary Inquiry program. The college also houses two laboratory schools and five research and outreach programs that make a huge impact on education, college access and college success in our surrounding communities.
College of Education graduates are highly desired
TCU prepares students to with experience in real classrooms from their first semester and education majors can observe, teach and conduct research in our two on-campus laboratory schools, Starpoint and KinderFrogs. Students also receive guidance and take practice tests to prepare for Texas certification exams (TCU students have a 98% average pass rate). Our teachers have a 100% placement rate and many receive job offers before they graduate or continue their studies at distinguished graduate schools.
This fall, TCU will launch the new TCU Teacher Residency Program. Seniors will have the option to teach for a full year with Fort Worth Independent School District mentor teachers, while earning a stipend and contributing toward their retirement. Students can also earn their bachelor's and master's degree in five years through the accelerated master's option.
YAES majors complete internships with organizations that advocate for the well-being of children and young adults. Students have worked with the Dallas Cowboys, Global Ventures International and Catholic Charities. You might recognize one notable graduate of the program – NBA player Desmond Bane.
Educators have higher salaries than you might think
Our College of Education hosts an interview day each spring, inviting schools and districts around the state to campus. Though the event is designed to prepare students for future interviews, many receive job offers on the spot. Schools need excellent teachers and many D/FW districts offer starting salaries around $60,000. Many districts also offer incentive pay for high-need areas like secondary math and science and bilingual teachers. Dean Hernandez advises education students to research which schools and areas they would like to teach in and compare salaries and benefits.
- What classes should I take as an incoming first-year for Early Childhood Education? - 13:14
- What courses should high school students choose if they want to major in education in college? - 16:46
- If students want to teach a certain subject, do they need to minor in that area? - 19:56
- If you don't take a standardized test how does that affect you for scholarship? - 23:47
- What opportunities do education students have to study abroad? - 24:39 How are education graduates hired? - 28:31
- What is the Maestro program in the College of Education? - 34:03
- What financial aid options are open for transfer students earning their associate's degree and when is the best time to apply? - 37:13
- What is the average salary for teachers? - 41:14
- How do advancement opportunities or salary benefits differ for someone looking to teach at a private school as compared to a public school? - 46:37
- Can you please share information from 2023 admission acceptance rates? - 49:15
- If I am admitted from the waitlist, what financial aid options are available? - 50:48
- How early can students get involved with TCU's lab schools and do you have to be an education major to work with these students? - 52:02