COVID-19 updates

Specific updates for College of Education and Human Development

Last updated April 8. Scroll down for more categories & information.


Update from the Dean

(posted April 8)

Dear COEHD Students,

As we continue with our online courses and begin the second week of stay-at home in Nueces County, I hope you are doing as well as possible and staying healthy through this time. Our faculty and staff in the College of Education and Human Development are committed to helping you navigate through the remainder of the semester. Last week, the University posted an announcement regarding the Pass/No Pass grading method and the associated processes and procedures. Please note that opt-in period for Pass/No Pass grading method is April 20-May 7 for undergraduate students only. As stated in the notification, “In order to opt in to the new grading method, students must complete the Pass/No Pass declaration. Instructions on how to make the declaration will be sent out by the Registrar on April 20th.” If you are considering this option, please note that before you can process a declaration to opt-in, your request must be approved by your academic advisor or other specialized staff. Please note that there are several courses not eligible to be considered for Pass/No Pass grading:

During this unprecedented time, the COEHD is also interested in supporting a virtual community of sharing for students where you can communicate positive and inspirational stories related to any of the disciplines in our College. We recently posted a story of Brigette Ramirez, one of our Secondary Education Master’s students, and are interested in additional stories anyone is seeing or experiencing. If you have something you would like to share, please do so through hashtag #COEHD or email us at coe@tamucc.edu.

On behalf of the entire COEHD administration, faculty, and staff, I want to thank you again for being an Islander COEHD student and encourage you to become even more focused on attaining your educational goals through this difficult time. As always, if you are encountering significant challenges and/or circumstances that you need help, please reach out to your faculty, advisors, department chairs, and/or the Dean’s Office.

Stay well!

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David Scott, Ed.D
Dean, College of Education and Human Development

 

Additional information:

COEHD Academic Advisors are available to assist students. Advisors have created additional appointment availability through the online scheduling system, Timetap. Advisors encourage students to communicate primarily by phone or Webex for the remainder of the semester, but they will allow face-to-face walk-ins (as long as government guidelines permit) if a student has an extenuating circumstance. For contact and scheduling information, visit our advising page.

*We also encourage our students to download the Webex app on their phones and laptops*

Clinical teachers will continue working in their placements "virtually" until April 24. If they are in a district that returns to school prior to April 24, clinical teachers will not be allowed to return to the physical campus but may continue to assist virtually.

We emailed all clinical teaching students this letter (pdf) on March 26, describing requirements in detail.

For specific questions, please contact either:

Dr. Kathleen Lynch Davis 361-825-2446

Dr. Carmen Tejeda-Delgado 361-825-2860

Pearson testing centers have suspended exam delivery until April 16. Students who have testing approval can still register/schedule an exam, but the date they select will have to be after April 16. If Pearson extends the closure, then Pearson will notify students about appointment cancellation. Students will then be able to log back into their Pearson account and reschedule.

For assistance, please contact our Certification Office: rose.zuniga@tamucc.edu or carol.pike@tamucc.edu.

The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center has temporarily suspended all in-person classes, programs, and events and is awaiting guidance on when it is safe to resume. This includes diabetes classes, high school equivalency, and ESL. The after-school program is following CCISD’s schedule and will be suspended until the school district resumes classes.

Meanwhile, our tutors are launching a virtual literacy program with new reading sessions every weekday. We will post links once they go online.

virtual literacy sessions Monday-Friday schedule: Prek & kinder at 9am, 1st & 2nd grade at 10am, 3rd & 4th grade at 1pm, and 5th grade at 2pm.

The Counseling and Training Clinic is currently closed for in-person visits. We are exploring ways to offer telehealth delivery. We hope to be back to serve the community as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we have developed a collection of resources that are generally free and accessible remotely.

Topics include:

  • The Texas State Science and Engineering Fair, originally scheduled for March 27-28, is attempting to offer an online fair and has asked followers to check their web site for updates. The Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair, hosted at TAMU-CC, has been working with this event because many of its students qualified to participate.
  • ROTC's Islander Challenge, scheduled for March 28, was canceled.
  • The Garcia Center's Community Health Fair and Egg Hunt, scheduled for April 11, was canceled.
  • The Educator Career Fair, scheduled for April 15 with Career Services, was canceled.
  • The Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk April 25 will continue as a virtual walk. You can still earn gear by raising donations, and organizers encourage you to still walk (not in groups) and stream positive things you are doing that day. Register here.
  • SUPCE, The School and University Partnership Conference for Educators scheduled for April 25, is in the process of trying to reschedule for a fall date. We will know more after April 20.
  • The Educator Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 13, will be postponed. We will announce plans as soon as they are available.
  • The COEHD Hooding Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 15, will tentatively move to August 7 and combine with our summer semester ceremony.
  • The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 15, will announce plans as soon as they are available.
  • The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 15-20, was canceled. This impacts our Coastal Bend regional fair participants who were selected to attend.
  • The ME by the SEa conference, scheduled for June 12, is canceled and plans to return in June 2021.
The Early Childhood Development Center will follow the Corpus Christi ISD's schedule. Please follow the CCISD Coronavirus Resource Page for details on school closure dates and other resources.

There are a lot of COEHD-related resources out there. We will share ones specifically endorsed by our employees and students. Please send to coe@tamucc.edu if you would like something added.


  • Math as a stress release, by Dr. Debra Plowman (don't knock it til you've read it)
  • Interactive math games: This database created by Dr. Faye Bruun's class presents free online math games aligned with TEKS and divided by grade level.

  • Emergency funding for child care workers, shared by Dr. Jana Sanders, professor of early childhood education

  • Texas State Aquarium Aquaseries - Facebook live webinars on weekdays at 11:50am CST exploring topics related to science within the aquarium.

  • Tundra Books is offering daily virtual storytimes and sing-a-longs, weekdays at noon CST. Shared by our ECDC librarian, Julee Murphy
  • 211 Texas is a free service provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. If someone needs direct services (food, healthcare, rent/utility assistance, childcare, etc), please call 211 or visit https://www.211texas.org/ for assistance. (from Dr. Sanders)

  • Our Counseling and Training Clinic has compiled mental health and homeschooling resources that are almost entirely free and available electronically (the only things not free are the in-patient facilities). Visit this link to access all of the following topics.
    • Managing anxiety and mental health related to COVID-19
    • Explaining COVID-19 to children
    • Help hotlines
    • In-person care facilities
    • Strengthening romantic relationships
    • Mindfulness resources
    • Domestic violence help
    • Homeschooling and learning tips
    • Homeschooling activities
  • The Garcia Arts & Education Center Virtual Literacy Program provides daily read-alouds, separated into age groups and posted each weekday on facebook. Also includes links to related activities.
For overall university information and links to local COVID-19 resources, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.