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University Professor Receives Exemplary Field-Based Program Recognition

August 09, 2013

Rodney McConnell

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A recent submission by Dr. Rodney McConnell, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected to be recognized as Exemplary Field-Based Institutional practices by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE).

McConnell submitted Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s practices to the “Quest for Quality: Teacher Preparation in Texas” initiative. 

For the past 14 years, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has participated in field-based instructional practices. The program allows pre-service teachers to participate in field-based experiences early in the teacher education program, where they complete observations and teach lessons in preschool through 12th grade classrooms. Field-based students typically spend two full days each week at their assigned Corpus Christi (CCISD), or Flour Bluff (FBISD) elementary, middle, or high school, under the guidance of select clinical teachers, many of whom were once pre-service teachers in the same program.

The University’s field-based program is constantly working toward improvement of its relationships with partner-districts and partner-schools. The field-based Teacher Education Program has found that more than 100 of the University’s graduates have been nominated and/or selected “Teacher of the Year” in CCISD and FBISD since 2006.

To publicize the honor, the University’s exemplary practices will be highlighted on the “Quest for Quality” website, at the CREATE 2013 Research Conference/Quest for Quality: Excellence in Teacher Preparation and Research on Teaching November 11–12 in Austin, Texas, and other avenues that will be developed through the initiative. 

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