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Teacher Certification Program Reaccredited

June 26, 2006 - Collin County Community College District's (Collin) Teacher Certification Program (TCP) achieved a prestigious ranking from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

It was announced recently that the program has been reaccredited by TEA for its fifth consecutive year. The honor is based on annual student performance on state teacher certification exams. All preparation programs recommending teachers for certification in Texas must be accredited by TEA. Of the Collin students taking the exam in 2005, 99 percent passed, which is the same percentage that passed from the college in 2004.

The high pass rate on the exams is attributed to the program's curriculum, mentoring support for new teachers and outstanding faculty. The TCP curriculum is continually modified for improved instruction and each instructor has a minimum of a master's degree and five years of teaching experience. In addition, all instructors are currently working in the public school setting as a teacher or administrator. The close connection to the classroom is essential when modeling current and best practices during pre-service training.

The TCP was established in August 2000 to help meet the community's need for a highly qualified, diverse and effective teaching force that is committed to student success. In just six years, the program has provided 217 highly qualified teachers to more than 40 school districts across Texas.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.