Center for Professional Development of Teachers (CPDT)
The College of Education (CoE) has been designated as a Center for Professional Development
of Teachers (CPDT). The teacher preparation plan has been restructured to provide
extensive school-based experiences for prospective educators. These expanded experiences
include a two-semester internship, field-based courses and close cooperation with
a number of schools which have been designated as Professional Development School
(PDS) sites. These sites operate under the philosophy that every staff member is a
mentor, providing a rich and supportive environment for the preparation of professional
educators. The CPDT coordinates field experiences and works with the Center for Educational
Programs (CEP) in providing a wide array of professional development opportunities.
The CPDT also provides technological support and professional development for all
Internship I and II Candidates.
Field-based experiences and graduate internships take place in a variety of settings
in twenty-two local area school districts. Fifty-five schools have been designated
as PDSs and provide pre-service internships and professional mentoring. In addition,
the CoE has an additional 124 affliation agreements with other businesses and other
school districts to provide both graduate internship/practicum placement and field
experiences. All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation
on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teacher's office prior
to beginning the practicum.
Professional Development Laboratory School (PDLS)
University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) and Clear Creek Independent School District
(CCISD) have entered into a partnership to maintain a Professional Development Laboratory
School (PDLS). The PDLS is located in what was McWhirter Elementary School in Webster,
Texas, and opened at the beginning of the 2002-2003 school year.
The College of Education (CoE) acts on behalf of the University to oversee the PDLS.
UHCL faculty provide instructional leadership, conduct research and engage in professional
development. In addition, some CoE courses are taught at the PDLS. The main focus
of the PDLS is to provide educational opportunities for UHCL and CCISD faculty, students
and the school community. Faculty and students interested in being involved in the
PDLS should contact the CoE Associate Dean.
Center for Educational Programs (CEP)
The Center for Educational Programs (CEP) provides academic and outreach services
to students, faculty, schools, school districts, other educational entities and members
of the community. The CEP coordinates the College of Education's (CoE's) clinical
services, provides facilities and coordination for laboratory experiences, supports
a broad range of programs for children and youth, offers non-credit courses for area
educators, assists local schools and school districts in emerging and ongoing professional
development activities and promotes and supports various projects of the CoE.
Research Center For Language And Culture
This center supports initiatives in the research and development of educational programs
for students working with second language learners and their families. Funded projects
have included teacher training, bilingual counselor training and bilingual administrator
Learning Resources Review Center
This center is jointly sponsored by the Alfred R. Neumann Library and the College
of Education (CoE) and houses current children's books furnished by the generosity
of publishers and producers of books and materials. The primary function of the center
is to encourage review activities.