Education Student Resources

Helpful Links

The sites listed are links of interest for all students in teacher preparation programs:

Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
http://www.atpe.org/JoinATPE

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas
http://www.csodallas.org/

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth
http://fwdioc.org/catholic-schools-about

Educational Testing Service (Test Registration and Study Guides for TExES/ExCET)
http://www.texes.ets.org

Irving Independent School District
http://www.irvingisd.net

Kappa Delta Pi
http://www.kdp.org

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar

Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification
http://www.tea.state.tx.us

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us

Texas Legislature Online
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

Student Complaint Procedure

Student Complaint Procedure for the University of Dallas Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

The University of Dallas is committed to treating all students fairly and respectfully. The University's policies that apply to students are published annually in the UD Bulletin and in the UD Student Handbook. In an instance of perceived violation of a University policy, a student may file a complaint. This policy provides two avenues for pursuing a complaint: an Informal Resolution Procedure and a Formal Resolution Procedure. Students may utilize either or both procedures. The UD Student Complaint Procedure can be seen below or it is available on-line on the UD website: http://www.udallas.edu/studentcomplaints.

For problems other than academic issues, students who have a grievance with the Educator Preparation Program should address it with the mentor teacher or field supervisor first, the Chair of the Department of Education, then the Constantin College Dean’s. The established University protocol described in the Student Complaints Policy will be followed. If the entire process does not result in resolution of the issue, the student may forward the written complaint to TEA.

TEA Complaint Process:

The official TEA complaint process can be found at: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Contact_Us/Complaints/Complaints/

Scroll down and select “Educator Preparation Programs”. Complainants may contact TEA staff directly at: complaintsmanagemeernt@tea.texas.gov.

The complaint process allows for an applicant or a candidate in an educator preparation program to seek redress in areas where they feel that the program did not fulfill requirements for certification or for actions that the candidate feels are wrong. Educator preparation programs may also file a complaint about the actions of other programs when it involves a candidate transferring into a program.

Not all complaints fall under the authority of TEA. TEA has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules, generally related to state and federal requirements. Complaints may address educator preparation program requirements listed in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) in Chapters 227, 228, 229, ethics (TAC 247), fingerprinting (TAC §§227,232) and certification (TAC §§230, 231, 232, 239, 241, 242)

All complaints filed with the TEA must be in writing. We do not accept complaints by phone or complaints that are submitted anonymously. A person or entity may file a written complaint with TEA by filling out the complaint form online or by mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form. You may fax your submission to (512) 463-9008 or email it to generalinquiry@tea.texas.gov.

To adequately review and address a complaint, TEA needs specific details. We must be able to identify a clear violation of TAC and determine whether the agency has authority to act upon the allegation.

Complaints submissions should include the following:

  • The reasons you believe the issues raised in your complaint are valid. You should also indicate how you believe that TEA can assist you with this matter. Remember that TEA cannot assist you in understanding your contractual arrangement with the educator preparation program, arranging for a refund, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an educator preparation program.
  • Documentation to support your claim when possible. For example, if you refer in your complaint to an educator preparation program policy, include a copy of the policy with your complaint. Helpful documentation might include letters or e-mails exchanged between the parties.

Texas Education Agency staff will send confirmation of a complaint within 30 days of receiving the submission. Remember, information the public sends to TEA by email may not be secure. Do not email sensitive information to TEA. The agency will remove confidential or sensitive information when replying by email. TEA will maintain confidentiality of information to the extent the law allows.

Referenced requirement: TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE §228. 70

UD Student Complaint Procedure

The University of Dallas is committed to treating all students fairly and respectfully. The University's policies that apply to students are published annually in the UD Bulletin and in the UD Student Handbook. These publications are available on-line on the UD website. In an instance of perceived violation of a University policy, a student may file a complaint. This policy provides two avenues for pursuing a complaint: an Informal Resolution Procedure and a Formal Resolution Procedure. Students may utilize either or both procedures.

Informal Resolution Procedure

The student arranges a meeting with the person involved with the complaint and/or with the direct supervisor of the person involved. For example, a student who perceives that he or she has been graded unfairly on an assignment should meet with the faculty member who assigned the grade. In this example, the meeting with the faculty member may be followed up with a meeting with the department chair or the original meeting might be with the department chair. Another example would be a complaint in the Business Office involving the Bursar. The student would meet with the Bursar and/or the Director of Finance.

If the informal process does not resolve the complaint, the student may utilize the formal complaint procedure.

Formal Resolution Procedure

A formal complaint is in writing and sets forth a statement of the issue, the University policy or procedures violated, and the specific remedy sought.

The complaint is normally submitted using an online form found on the UD website on the Student Complaints page. The complaint can also be submitted on paper to the appropriate office:

  • Academic complaints to the appropriate academic dean
  • Student Affairs complaints to the Dean of Students
  • Business Office complaints to the Director of Finance
  • Financial Aid complaints to the Dean of Enrollment
  • Registrar Office complaints to the Registrar
  • Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment to the Title IX Coordinator
  • A complaint against a Dean, Director, Vice-President, etc., is submitted to the direct supervisor, such as the Provost or President
  • A complaint against the President to the Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Other complaints to the Director of Human Resources

Level 1

Absent extraordinary circumstances, the person, normally a Dean or Director, to whom the complaint has been submitted conducts, within seven (7) business days of receiving the complaint, a formal conference with the student, permitting her or him to provide any necessary relevant information. The Dean or Director confers with the other person or persons involved and conducts an additional investigation as he or she deems necessary. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a written recommendation is sent within seven (7) business days of the first formal conference. The recommendation is sent to the student and the other involved person or persons. The written recommendation states the background information, the rationale for the recommendation, and the recommended remedy, if any. Copies of the original complaint and the written recommendation are kept in the Dean or Director's Office for a minimum of five years.

Level 2

If the complaint is not resolved in level 1, the student or one of the other involved parties may, with fourteen (14) business days of receipt of the level 1 recommendation, appeal to the direct supervisor of the person who wrote the recommendation. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the supervisor holds a hearing within fourteen (14) business days of receipt of the appeal or complaint. Absent extraordinary circumstances, a written recommendation is sent to the student and others within fourteen (14) business days of such hearing.  In cases of appeals to level 2, copies of the original complaint and the level 1 and 2 written recommendations are kept in the supervisor's office for a minimum of five years.

Level 3

Except in the case of a complaint against the President, where the Board of Trustees has final authority, appeals of the level 2 recommendation are submitted to the President within fourteen (14) business days. The President makes the final decision. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the President's written decision is sent to the student and other parties within fourteen (14) business days of receiving the level 3 appeal. In cases of appeals to level 3, copies of the original complaint, the previous written recommendations, and the final decision are kept in the President's Office for a minimum of five years.

11/20/2015

 

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Teaching Positions

Teaching Position in Special Education with Weatherford ISD (posted 10/20/2017)

Are you a semester graduate looking to teach Special Education? Weatherford ISD has an opening for a self-contained unit at a middle school and are looking for a qualified applicant.  Please contact: 

Leslie Ackmann
Director of Special Programs
Weatherford ISD
817-598-2844 Ext. 3140

Opening for High School Science Teacher (Physics or Chemistry) - (posted 10/20/2017)

Kennedale High School recently has an opening for a High School science teacher (Physics or Chemistry).  Please see the below link for the job posting or email the principal Michael Cagle at caglem@kisdtx.net 

Also, the attached pay scale shows the starting salary.
 

Meddeas - Teaching experience in Spain! (posted 10/20/2017)

The process for 2018/19 academic year is now open!  Meddeas programmes are open to recent graduates, students about to graduate, and/or third year from any degree subject, and it could be a great opportunity for your students to travel to Spain for one academic year, where they will receive additional training, get international work experience and receive enough money to live in Spain as students. Our programmes have no fees for participants and previous experience and Spanish language skills are not required.  The sooner you  apply, the more opportunities they have to obtain a suitable placement for the next year with Meddeas.  In order to enhance your students’ possibilities, please review the prepared brochure to inform and encourage you to start the process.  

 Please contact Paula Cemborain at the information below for more information:

Paula Cemborain
 Tel. (+34) 948 983 539
 P.C. Galaria, Calle V, nº3, Of. 2-D. 
31191 Cordovilla - Navarra - Spain 
www.meddeas.com

Tutors Needed for Frog Tutoring (posted 9/27/2017)

We are a tutoring company and are starting to see a significant boom in clientele in Dallas. Unfortunately, we don't quite have the numbers to meet the demand.  Could you help us out? We are looking for students within your Department that are passionate and knowledgeable about teaching and learning

All Frog Tutoring tutors will meet with assigned students to provide one-on-one private tutoring for subject matters in their areas of expertise. Tutors are to serve as a guide and coach to assist their students to become a successful, independent learner while integrating effective study and learning strategies to maximize the student’s potential for academic progress. Ultimately, it is the tutor’s responsibility to motivate students to want to learn, achieve, and be self-motivated.

Why Work For Frog Tutoring?

1. Flexibility
2. Tutors will choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor.
3. Tutors will create their own work schedule.
4. As long as tutors work the minimum amount of hours a week, they can work as many hours as they like.
5. Driving Compensation Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.
6. Bonuses Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.
7. Incentives & Acknowledgement (Hard work does not go unnoticed!!!)
8. Tutor of the month: Every month the Regional Coordinator from each region will submit one tutor to be selected as the tutor of the month. This tutor will have their name and photo posted on the corporate page of the website as well as our Facebook page. Not only will they receive public acknowledgement and a certificate, the tutor of the month will receive “special prize” which will vary each month.
9. Tutor Referral Program during our “busy” season
10. During times when there is a high need for tutors, current tutors will receive a bonus for every person referred and hired that are qualified to tutor in high demand subjects.
 
If this position interests you, please apply online at: www.frogtutoring.com/become-a- tutor
 
Thank You,
LaQuesia Gorins
Hiring Manager at FrogTutoring, LLC
Office: (817) 717 7235 I Fax: (877) 904 0134
job1@frogtutoring.com | Skype: FrogTutoring5

Teachers needed in Yukon, Oklahoma  (posted 9/18/17)

Yukon Public Schools is located 15 minutes west of Oklahoma City, with approximately 8500 students and growing at a rate of 2-3% each year.  Please refer to the attached flyer for more information or the website www.yukonps.com

If you have further questions, please contact Jason D. Brunk at jason.brunk@yukonps.com

Hiring opportunities with urban Montessori, liberal arts charter school (posted 9/15/17)

Libertas School of Memphis is a Montessori & liberal arts public charter school serving a high-need neighborhood in Memphis. Our mission is to be a school for human flourishing: cultivating minds, hands, and hearts for lives of wonder, work, and love. We offer our students a rich, rigorous, and personalized education through the learning method of Dr. Maria Montessori, supported with rich liberal arts content through Core Knowledge, and the best practices of high-performing urban schools. And we are building an attachment village of supports between school, families, and our community. We opened in 2015, and currently serve 320 students age 3-9 in Primary (age 3-6), Lower Elementary (age 6-9), and special education (inclusion and a special environment) classrooms. We are expanding up to age 12 in the coming years, including opening Upper Elementary (age 9-12) classrooms in 2018.

We are seeking applicants for Lead Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and Special Educators. Passionate and knowledgeable teachers can dramatically improve the achievement of children subjected to educational inequality. At Libertas, we aim to make teaching about craftsmanship with sustainability. We have a steadfast commitment to the principles of Montessori and liberal arts learning, and at the same time are prudent in practice: matching the child with the beautiful and rigorous work of their own development. Features of how we support teachers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forms & Documents

Graduate School Opportunities

Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education/University of Portland School of Education

PACE is a two year post-graduate program that serves Catholic Schools in the West. PACE program participants teach full-time, live together in intentional communities, and earn tuition-free graduate degrees in education.  Teachers commit to three summers of academic coursework and two years of teaching.  For more information please reference the attached letter or visit PACE's webpage at education.up.edu/pace.

You can also contact Dr. Steven Wojcikiewicz at wojcikie@up.edu

Application Deadline is January 23, 2018

Preparing for your certification tests

TExES Exam Test Preparation Programs

Below is a list of some of the available test preparation programs.  In addition the UD Education Department has some test question manuals and books available for check out.  Please carefully study  each option before purchasing.

To register for your test, visit Educational Testing Services (ETS). 

TExES Tests At A Glance 

This test preparation resource — Test at a Glance — gives you a quick overview of the test and includes:

•  Test name
•  Test code
•  Length of test
•  Number and types of questions
•  Domains and approximate percentage of the test
•  Domains and competencies

To view or print the PDF publications you will need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat® Reader on your computer.

Preparation Manuals

These test preparation manuals are designed to help you prepare for the TExES test in the field in which you are seeking certification. Their purpose is to familiarize you with the competencies to be tested, test question formats and pertinent study resources. 

NOTE: These TExES preparation manuals are the only TExES test study materials endorsed by Texas Education Agency (TEA). Other preparation materials may not accurately reflect the content of the test or the policies and procedures of the TExES program.

Test Preparation Manuals may not be reproduced for commercial use but may be copied for educational purposes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) would appreciate credit for the material used and a copy of the reprint.

Key Features of the Manuals

  • Breakdown of the test
  • A list of the domains and competencies that will be tested
  • Strategies for answering multiple-choice questions
  • Sample test questions and an answer key with rationales

New preparation manuals are enhanced with features that make them more interactive - they contain bookmarks and links to help you navigate to the different sections of the manuals.

If you have any questions after reading these manuals or you would like additional information about the TExES tests or the educator standards, please visit the TEA website.

To view or print the PDF manuals below, you need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat® Reader. 

Interactive Practice Tests

Interactive Practice Tests are full-length practice tests that include correct answers, explanations for correct answers and an automatic score summary report.

TExES Certification Review for Teachers (T-Cert)

Texas A&M University system and the Texas Education Agency have teamed up to provide this test preparation site. The purpose of this website is to help teacher candidates, novice teachers and experienced teacher pass TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) exams. 

Each module is designed to enhance the preparation you received from your preparation program.  The practice tests are $30  and require a login account to access the test preparation materials.    

The components of each module are designed to enhance the preparation you have received from your teacher preparation program.

Each module contains the following sections:

  • Documents & Handouts: These are supporting documents needed for the review video.
  • Presentation: This is a review for each subject area with practice test questions for each competency.
  • Video: This is a video review session presented by a subject matter expert.
  • Practice Questions: A practice quiz over the content covered in the presentation is available.
  • Certificate: Certificates are available for you to print once you have completed all sections (Presentation, Video and Quiz) of the review module.

240 Tutoring

240 Tutoring is an online resource for teachers preparing for their certification test. They equip students with test specific instructional content and practice questions to review and prepare them for the test.

Certify Teacher 

Offers computer simulated exams, study and exam mode, flashcards, and Exam Preparation tips.  Available in Online, Download and CD-Rom format.  You will need your university email to receive Promo Code.

Ed Publishing – Pass the TExES

Online tutoring module, downloadable e-book or  hard copy study guide, free electronic version with purchase of hard copy guide, Multiple tests both initial certification and professional certifications.

 

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