College of Education wins prestigious national award

Dean Mary Patton, center, and Jan Lacina from the College of Education accepted the award from Mark Ginsberg, chair of the board of directors for AACTE, during its annual meeting in Atlanta.

Dean Mary Patton, center, and Jan Lacina from the College of Education accepted the award from Mark Ginsberg, chair of the board of directors for AACTE, during its annual meeting in Atlanta.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has selected TCU College of Education to receive the 2015 Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity.

The award recognizes TCU’s Early Childhood Education through Grade 6 (EC-6) program and its infusion of diversity and culturally responsive pedagogy throughout all components of the program. The AACTE committee on Global Diversity presents the annual award to programs that have successfully integrated multicultural education and diversity into teacher preparation.

“In the College of Education, we take to heart TCU’s mission of preparing ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community,” said Dr. Jan Lacina, associate dean and professor in the College of Education. “Multicultural teaching experiences, observations, and critical reading and reflections are infused through the Early Childhood program.”

The EC-6 program prioritizes multicultural education and global diversity through individualized urban and diverse field-based experiences in racially, linguistically, and economically diverse K-6 classrooms and integrated curriculum that that addresses equity, diversity and global awareness.

In addition, teacher candidates in the EC-6 program are provided with the opportunity to participate in international student teaching and study abroad programs that provide global teaching and learning experiences.

The College of Education is unique in that all teacher candidates receive English as a second language (ESL), bilingual, or special education preparation and certification, making them prepared to teach diverse student populations.

“Graduates of the EC-6 program are recognized by Texas school districts as exceptional teachers prepared to work with all students and families,” said Dr. Mary Martin Patton, dean of the TCU College of Education. “We are immensely proud of our exceptional EC-6 program, faculty, students and graduates. We are honored to be nationally recognized by the AACTE.”

College of Education faculty will formally receive the award during the AACTE’s 67th annual meeting, which will be held in Atlanta, GA, Feb. 27-March 1.


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