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The College of Education at The University of Texas at Brownsville is committed to excellence in our programs of studies, research and services. We have high quality standards in all Education programs and we are searching for expanding our academic offerings and research productivity.

UTB/TSC is a member of The University of Texas System. UTB/TSC is also a partnership institution between its upper level component The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and its lower level component Texas Southmost College (TSC). UTB/TSC forms a single institution with seamless transition for students.  UTB/TSC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2007, SACS approved UTB/TSC for our doctoral degree—Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

In addition,  for maintaining our high quality standards we are seeking national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The teacher preparation programs have the academic collaboration of UTB/TSC Departments of Fine Arts, English and Communications, Modern Languages, History, Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Allied Health.

Dr. Olivia Rivas, Chair of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Department, serves as Coordinator of the Taskforce for NCATE Accreditation integrated by the following College of Education faculty members:

Gayle Brogdon
Hector Castillo
Laura Jewett
Zelma Mata
Stephen Rosales
James Telese

The NCATE Taskforce is assisted by faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Scicene, Mathematics, and Technology. In addition, this Taskforce is also assisted by faculty representation from departments and academic units of the College of Education. This representation committee is integrated by the following faculty members:

Michelle Abrego
Kathy Bussert-Webb
Janice Butler
Alberto Herrera
Teresa Jimarez
Christopher Ledingham
Kerry McArthur
Janet Martinez
Alma Rodriguez
James Tate
Zhidong Zhang

NCATE documents have been placed in our Intranet with open access to students, faculty and staff.

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Contact Information

Olivia Rivas
NCATE Taskforce Coordinator
Education and Business Complex (EDBC) 2.208A
Phone: (956) 882-7660
Fax: (956) 882-7593

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