Aggie Teacher Education Residency Model
“Short-TERM clinical experience, long-TERM teacher impact.”
aggieTERM provides TAMU undergraduate education students with a year-long clinical residency to develop the classroom expertise to become effective, long-term educators in the Bryan Independent School District (BISD). Candidates will be offered a teaching position in BISD upon successful completion of the residency.
aggieTERM is framed within a 5-point Comprehensive Community Induction Model. There is an impressive body of research on the aspects of teacher preparation that have the most impact on quality teachers. From this literature, one can identify five key attributes that researchers have found to be linked to quality clinical teaching:
- A coherent vision of teaching between school and university partners
- Comprehensive strategies that enhance clinical experiences
- Shared governance
- Developmental induction training for clinical teachers and mentors
- Anchored in the community
- Enrollment in EC- 6th grade track; bilingual education track is preferred
- Good academic standing and no growth plan in junior year; pass Junior Methods courses with no grades lower than a C
- No dual enrollment in 4 plus 1 program
- Pass content exams by mid-July
- Intent to serve as a full-time teacher with BISD for a minimum of 3 years at the conclusion of the residency year
Students’ responses from the application process are ranked by aggieTERM faculty and BISD staff. The top 10 students are selected for aggieTERM.
Summer – Preparation for School Year
- Complete required teacher content certification exams by mid-July
- Contact our aggieTERM staff at email@example.com for a list of required exams
- Attend two mandatory meetings with the university supervisor
- Attend BISD’s professional development with cooperating teachers to prepare for the upcoming academic year
Fall – Senior Methods
- Candidates will follow BISD’s calendar, rather than TAMU’s calendar
- Clinical teaching 4 days a week meeting the same professional and teaching standards as all TAMU clinical teachers
- Take Senior Methods courses once a week (if applicable)
- On select Fridays, candidates will be required to attend advising and TAMU sponsored workshops
Spring – Clinical Teaching
- Clinical teaching 5 days a week
- Enroll in a graduate level Bilingual Education course
- Sign employment contract with BISD in April
- Stipend award of $15,000 during the residency year
- Authentic year-long clinical teaching experiences in BISD
- Coursework designed to support teaching certification
- Laptop courtesy of BISD
- Quality mentoring from BISD staff, TAMU faculty, and Bryan community
- Free professional development opportunities each semester
- Opportunities for paid after-school tutoring
- Financial assistance for teacher certification exams
- Job placement in BISD with a starting salary of about $43,500
- Student loan forgiveness after 3 years of teaching in BISD
- Opportunity to share professional expertise and a passion for teaching and learning
How to apply
- The application process begins early February, and the deadline to apply is the last week of February.
- The acceptance letters for aggieTERM will be sent to students the first week of April.
- Before students sign an aggieTERM agreement they must complete a background check which is paid for by the aggieTERM program.
- Students accepted into the aggieTERM Program are required to pass the teacher certification exams by mid-July.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What do our Texas A&M faculty have to say?
aggieTERM brings together all the best teacher preparation practices in partnership with the Bryan ISD community, fostering a classroom-ready start to students’ careers as bilingual teachers.”
– Dr. Miranda Walichowski, Clinical Associate Professor Undergraduate Bilingual Education Programs