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UTSA’s College of Education and Human Development has been recognized among the top undergraduate and graduate elementary teacher preparation programs in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a not-for-profit research and policy organization, for strong training in classroom management strategies.

“UTSA’s undergraduate and graduate programs are among only 14% of elementary programs that earn an A, and serve as a model of excellence for others,” according to the NCTQ.

“Our faculty have been working diligently to ensure the transformation and research-based alignment of our teacher education curriculum and field/clinical experiences,” Belinda Bustos Flores, associate dean of professional preparation and partnerships, said. “Our goal is to ensure that our graduates are culturally efficacious teachers who are highly skilled and can impact student success the moment they step into the classroom.”

In addition to the top rating for elementary teacher preparation, the NCTQ recognized UTSA with an A+ score in program diversity.

“The diversity accolades reflect UTSA’s commitment to the Hispanic community and its role as a Hispanic Serving Institution,” Michael Vriesenga, director for assessment and program accountability, said. “With 68% students of color, UTSA teacher candidates are 28 points more diverse than the current Texas teacher population, almost tripling the NCTQ standard for diversity, and UTSA is more diverse than the local community.”

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