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General Program Information

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Goals of the Program

Teacher candidates in the UH Teacher Education Program learn to teach with the latest research-based strategies and modern technologies from a world-class faculty. Our future teachers participate in early and continued field experiences, doing the real work of teachers in real Houston-area schools. We are proud to develop professional educators accountable for their own actions. We value the diversity of our students and the assets they bring to our program, just as we encourage them to value the diversity of their own students.

Our program is designed with two main goals in mind, with shared roles for reaching these goals both the program and every candidate.

The first Teacher Education goal is to create a culture of Professional Responsibility.

  • For the Teacher Education program, a culture of Professional Responsibility means such things as ensuring accurate and compassionate advising, offering courses sequenced in as reasonable a manner as possible for student schedules, maintaining multiple communication forums to assist students with staying informed, and creating engaging, effective, and rigorous learning environments.
  • For Teacher Education candidates, a culture of Professional Responsibility means such things as seeing your advisor every semester to make sure you are meeting all required benchmarks, making yourself knowledgeable about program requirements so nothing “sneaks up” on you, and making sure you work diligently and passionately to become the best teacher you can.

The second Teacher Education goal is to create a culture of Inquiry.

  • For the Teacher Education program, a culture of Inquiry means having faculty collaborate with school personnel in classroom-based research to better understand teaching and learning, as well as using continuous feedback to evaluate the Teacher Education program to make ongoing improvements.
  • For Teacher Education candidates, a culture of Inquiry means learning to ask and answer questions about your own teaching and collect multiple forms of real classroom data to better understand your students’ learning.

In 2018, the Teacher Education Program was honored as the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education by the Association of Teacher Educators which recognizes “outstanding” programs that exemplify collaboration, innovation and high quality. Through these paired goals of Professional Responsibility and Inquiry, we hope to continue to build the quality of the Teacher Education program and the success of our future teachers.

Online Communication

Getting you the RIGHT information JUST when you need it is important to us, and so there are a variety of ways that we will reach out to you. Group announcements will be sent to our Teacher Education LISTSERV.  Each semester the LISTSERV will be automatically updated with currently enrolled Teacher Education students.  If you are not receiving Teacher Education LISTSERV messages, or you would like to be removed for some reason, please contact Kathy Patnaude at

In addition to the Online Handbook, the primary mode of direct communication for all aspects of the Teacher Education program is through email. We will contact you personally through your official UH email address. If you use a different email address, you can set your UH email to automatically be directed to your personal email address by accessing your UH P.A.S.S. account. Further, all candidates assess and share their progress by creating an online web-based portfolio.

Because so much of our communication and information sharing depends on electronic means, it is expected that all candidates have regular Internet access. If you do not have Internet access at home, our CITE lab is open early and stays open late for your use. Additionally, all public libraries have Internet-connected computers available.

Program Contact Information 

The Teacher Education program faculty and staff are ready to assist you in your successful pursuit of teacher certification. You will always want to inform yourself first by consulting the Teacher Education Online Handbook. Please address questions not answered by the Online Handbook to the appropriate person so that you can get the fastest and most accurate information.

  • For questions regarding your specific degree or certification plan, coursework sequences, or transfer credits, please contact your education advisor. Main campus advisors are located in Farish Hall 160. Main campus advisors can also be reached by email at or by phone at (713) 743-5000. To contact a Sugar Land advisor, please contact the Teaching and Learning advisor responsible for your name listed on the academic advising schedules page.
  • For all questions regarding the Teacher Education program, field experiences, or Student Teaching, please contact the main Teacher Education email at so your question can be forwarded to the most appropriate person.
  • For questions regarding certification or testing, please contact our Certification Office.
  • For questions and more information regarding teachHouston, please find the program contact information at
  • For questions regarding course requirement or availability, contact that individual course instructor.
  • If you have made the above contacts and require further assistance, the program leadership contacts are listed below.

Teacher Education Administration

Dr. Margaret Hale,
Department Chair
Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Amber Thompson,
Associate Chair
Teacher Education Program

Dr. Shea Culpepper,
Teaching Education Program
and Field Experiences

For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, please visit the Texas Education Agency Complaints page, or mail  to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.