Dr. Sophia Marshall Chapman
Dean, School of Education and Sciences and Sciences
Associate Professor of Education
Ph.D. Degree- Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Southern MS,
Ed. S. Degree- Educational Administration, Jackson State University
M.S. Ed. Degree- Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas
B.S. Ed. Degree- Magna Cum Laude- Elementary Education, Jackson State University
Office: (903) 927-3219
The School of Education and Sciences prepares highly competent, capable, and caring effective and efficient educators to meet the needs of students in diverse environments within the State of Texas and beyond. By linking theory, scholarship, and engaging innovative strategies, our students graduate ready to embark on their life long journeys in education.
Graduates of the Educator Preparation Program embodied the dispositions and professionalism resulting from a 15-year strategic plan comprised of intensive, guided pathways and curricular enhancements designed to ensure students are fully-certified and employable. Our “career pathways” framework provides extensive co-curricular and technology-related experiences to prepare teachers for dynamic future classrooms.
Students enrolled in our Educator Preparation Program will learn practical, effective ways to integrate technology resources and technology-based methods. Upon completion, students will design and produce interactive, Internet-based lessons that incorporate Technology Applications of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In addition, students will demonstrate mastery of accessibility standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and they will demonstrate proficiency in digital literacy.
Secondary Education – English Language Arts & Reading
Secondary Education – History
Secondary Education – Life Science
Physical Education and Health
General goals of the Division of Education are to:
- Provide the content knowledge required to master/pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).
- Provide extensive supervised field-based and laboratory experiences throughout the pre-service teacher certification program;
- Provide prospective teachers with an understanding of the learner-centered learning processes, and to translate these understandings into appropriate teaching behaviors;
- Provide opportunities for teacher candidates to experience professional practices, responsibilities and organizational structure of the education profession;
- Develop a cadre of prospective teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior required for becoming effective teachers; and
- Prepare teacher candidates with a foundation for successful study at the graduate level.
Teacher Certification Areas
The Educator Preparation Program offers a total of 6 teacher certification areas for degree-seeking students:
Early Childhood – Core Subjects (Grades EC–6)
English Language Arts & Reading (Grades 7-12)
History (Grades 7-12)
Life Science (Grades 7-12)
Music Education Grades EC-12)
Physical Education (Grades EC-12)
Tenets of Excellence for the School of Education and Sciences
- Professional Knowledge – Fulfilling professional roles and responsibilities that shape professional deposition and practices
- Reflective Practice – Implementing effective, responsive instruction and assessment based on a multi-tier system of reflection
- Transformational Servant Leadership – Embracing challenges with positivity and strategic engagement
- Data Informed – Designing instruction and assessment to promote effective and efficient student learning
- Student Driven – Creating an positive, productive classroom environment conducive to student engagement and reaching their full academic potential
Requirements for Traditional Teacher Certification
High school graduates who desire to become teachers through this program at Wiley College must, like all other students, meet the general admission requirements of the College, enter as a freshman, and become recognized as an education major. In addition to the courses required of all freshmen and sophomores, education majors, during those first two years, must meet the qualifying requirements for admission to the EPP by the end of the sophomore year.
Candidates who pursue a degree in teacher education are expected to meet the requirements for certification prior to graduation. Candidates must formally apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program. Annual admission deadlines are before April 15 for the fall semester and before October 15 for the spring semester.
Policies for Admission into the traditional Educator Preparation Program
Acceptance and enrollment at Wiley College does not automatically make one a candidate in the Educator Preparation Program in the School of Education. Students seeking admission to the traditional undergraduate EPP must:
- Formal application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
- Official transcript with 30 hours earned with an overall 2.75 GPA
- Program coursework is at or above a “C” grade level
- Current in all financial obligations to the College.
- Background check application
- Have a minimum of 12 college hours
- Complete 12 or 15 (only Math & Science) credits in Content and Education courses as prescribed in the respective chosen area of teacher certification
- Provide evidence of Code of Ethics training (signatures required) – and FERPA Form in EDUC 2310 Introduction to Teaching
- Complete a qualifying interview
*In accordance with Texas Administration Code 227.1(c)(3) and TEC, §21.044(e)(3), all applicants will be provided with:
- the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state; and
- the performance over time of the EPP for the past five years.
Criteria for Admission to and Retention in the Student Teaching (Clinical)
To be admitted to student teaching a candidate must:
- Pass the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) and Content examination (according to the candidate’s certification area).
- Possess at least a 2.75 GPA.
- Complete all program coursework, except for the semester in which application is made, at or above a “C” grade level.
- Complete at least 30 hours of field based experiences/observation
- Complete the federal criminal background check process (including fingerprinting) as a condition to obtain a student teaching placement. Teacher candidates may not be placed in a student teaching placement based on results of this background check.
- Submit proof of liability insurance through membership in one or more professional education organizations: Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), et
- Provide evidence of Code of Ethics training (signatures required).
To be retained in Student Teaching, a student must:
- Adhere strictly to all policies and procedures outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook.
- Continue performing at or above a “C” grade level in Student Teaching and at the mid- point of the Student Teaching.
To graduate from the traditional Educator Preparation Program (EPP), students must meet the following requirements:
- Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
- Pass all courses required in the major with a grade of C or better.
- Successfully complete Student Teaching with a “B” or better.
- Complete 560 clock hours of student teaching
- Take the Senior Comprehensive Exams.
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program provides opportunities for career-minded students to take courses in more than one discipline and to receive work-related experiences necessary for specialized professions. The faculty and staff work closely with each student to design individualized academic pathways that allow them to focus on one of seven concentrations in the four academic schools: Social Sciences and Humanities; Business and Technology; Sciences; and Education.
The policy of the Educator Preparation Program at Wiley College, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, provides a student complaint process which includes maintaining a record of the formal written complaints received. The policy from TEA reads as follows:
(a) Purpose. Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff shall maintain a process through which a candidate or former candidate in an educator preparation program (EPP), an applicant for candidacy in an EPP, an employee or former employee of an EPP, a cooperating teacher, a mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school, or private school may submit, in accordance with subsection (c)(1) of this section, a complaint about an EPP for investigation and resolution.
The Wiley College Educator Preparation Program encourages the resolution of student complaints through timely communication as close as possible to the point of origin. Students having a complaint concerning courses and/or programs offered by the Education Department should direct their questions to the professor directly responsible for teaching the course. For issues relating to a student protesting a grade, the policy will be followed as outlined in the Wiley College Catalog. Other issues, such as matters of academic integrity, discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct will also follow policy as outlined in the Wiley College catalog.
The Wiley College Educator Preparation Program seeks to adequately address all student complaints in an acceptable manner that avoids a formal grievance process. If the issue cannot be resolved internally through the Student Complaint process, a student may file a complaint with the Texas Education Agency directly.
Contact TEA directly at:
TEA Complaints Management
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701-1494
Telephone: 512.463.3544 Fax: 512.475.3665
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