Distinguishing Features

UTEP offers teacher candidates (TCs) a personalized and unique experience through its six distinguishing features. 

1. Preparation as Urban Educators - TCs explore a wide array of topics about the urban environment and social context and complete observation hours and fieldwork in an urban setting. 

2. Urban Education Writing Workshop - TCs who need to improve their writing skills enroll in the Urban Education Writing Workshop. 

3. Urban Clinical Setting and Fieldwork - TCs complete a year-long clinical experience in an urban secondary classroom, building their pedagogical content knowledge and examining the many dimensions of an actual classroom. 

4. Great Urban Teacher Symposium (GUTS) - For the Symposium, each student teacher prepares an e-portfolio and presents elements of it to fellow student teachers, department faculty, and clinical evaluators. Through the e-portfolio and presentations, TCs illustrate how their teaching embodies the SUPER6 and reflect on their development through the clinical experience.

5. Orientations - TCs attend three orientations to better understand UTEP policies, procedures, and expectations. TCs examine the importance of academic responsibility and taking ownership of their own educational process.

  • New Teacher Candidate Orientation (NTCO) - TCs participate in team building activities and tour an urban community, learning about its history and landscape. They also learn about resources at RU-N and program requirements. 
  • Pre-Clinical Orientation (PCO) - TCs review the requirements for Cluster IV: Clinical Experiences, program completion, and certification. They are provided with an outline of the clinical experiences. 
  • Clinical Orientation - TCs and their field evaluators review together the formative and summative field evaluation forms, as well as clinical expectations. 

6. Individualized Advisement - TCs meet with an advisor every semester to review their individual plan of study.