This project prepares 250 in-service teachers for Texas Supplemental Certification Exams in Bilingual/ESL Education from all parts of the state through an online distance education course. It involves educating currently practicing teachers to obtain their certification in bilingual/ESL education. Additional purposes include:
the creation of collaborative bilingual/ESL academic programs between Texas A&M University and school district participants located across the state of Texas that will continue to provide certification opportunities beyond the five year project period.
the delineation of a distance education model for in-service teacher education that is school/community based.
the provision of financial and academic support in the form of scholarships for individuals from groups that have not traditionally had opportunities in higher education.
the involvement of diversity among the teacher population in the critical areas of bilingual and ESL education.
an opportunity to participate in distance graduate level course work for newly certified bilingual/ESL teachers.
Funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education
Date of award: June 29, 2007
Dates of project: July 2, 2007- July 1, 2012