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The Department of Urban Education in conjunction with the English, Math, Science and History Departments will initiate its new Secondary Teacher Preparation Program this spring. This program is designed to allow participants to prepare for and obtain certification as a 7th-12th grade teacher in one of the four core subjects listed above.

Education is an attractive field. The average starting salary in Texas is $45K a year with full retirement and medical benefits. You are eligible for loan forgiveness if you teach 5 years or more in an urban Title 1 school. There are a large number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities available for those students who are interested in teaching science or math. In addition, if you plan well in advance, you can complete the requirements for graduation in 120 hours. The Secondary Program provides you with three semesters of experience working with 7-12 grade students before graduation. This experience gives you an advantage when applying for jobs after graduation. Finally, taking the secondary program route provides you with advantages when it comes to taking the certification exams.

Interested students should contact their current program or University College advisor and express their interest in the Secondary Teacher Preparation program. The advisor will provide you with a copy of the relevant degree plan. You can also contact the Urban Education advisor, Terrilyn Ratcliff at ratclifft@uhd.edu or the Department of Urban Education at (713) 221-2759 to obtain more information.

Last updated or reviewed on 6/18/14

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