UTSA, Alamo Colleges Co-enrollment Teaching Program Partnership Added

October 9, 2020

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The Alamo Colleges District and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are partnering for a new co-enrollment program, the Transfer Academy for Future Teachers (TAFT), that will enroll its first students in Fall 2021.

This innovative program allows the Alamo Colleges’ students co-enrollment for two years at both institutions. Qualified students will be selected by UTSA, which will guarantee admission to its College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) for students who successfully complete the program requirements. The program will begin accepting student applications next year. The program is the latest addition to the Alamo Transfer Academies co-enrollment programs that allow Alamo Colleges’ students to enroll simultaneously in selected programs at four-year universities, including UTSA and A&M – College Station.

In spite of the pandemic, there continues to be a demand in Texas for more early childhood-12th grade teachers pursuing degrees in critical teaching shortage areas such as bilingual education, English as a second language, special education, mathematics and science education. The TAFT is an innovative program that offers students the opportunity to be co-enrolled at both institutions. Students admitted to TAFT are UTSA teacher candidates who will be enrolled in COEHD courses taught.

“We are always eager to offer our students new opportunities for continuing their education once they graduate from one of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District,” said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “Our second co-enrollment program with UTSA will offer our students a pathway to a bachelor’s degree in a field with excellent job growth and good incomes, benefiting not only the students, but the state’s economy as well,” he added. 

“Recruiting potential teacher candidates and informing them about critical teacher shortage areas are key in attending to school districts’ personnel needs,” said Belinda Flores, COEHD’s associate dean of professional preparation and partnerships.

UTSA will review and select TAFT program applicants but students will not forego earning their community college credentials. These future UTSA teacher candidates will also be completing their associate of arts in teaching through the reverse transfer process.

The Alamo Transfer Academies also include a partnership between the Alamo Colleges District, Northwest Vista College (NVC) and UTSA to offer students a seamless pathway to earn a four-year degree in engineering from UTSA’s College of Engineering and the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Northeast Lakeview College (NLC), a partnership between the district, NLC, Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering and Chevron.