COVID-19 updates

Specific updates for College of Education and Human Development

Last updated August 13. Scroll down for more categories & information.


Message from the Dean:

Dear COEHD Students,

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome those of you who are new to the College as well as those returning for the Fall 2020 semester! For some of you, this will be your first university experience and one that will be uniquely different given the range of instructional methods, classroom safety measures, and extent of face-to-face or online interaction with faculty and other students. For others, this may also be a new experience as you transition to some face-to-face classes and others blended at various percentages or fully online.

As you prepare to begin the semester, I just want to reiterate the importance of reviewing and understanding the components of the Student Return to Campus Guide. I also request that you be careful and considerate of all the students, faculty, and staff on campus by adhering fully to the face covering and social distancing requirements. We all must take personal responsibility for health and safety this semester and beyond. For those of you who may be enrolled in clinical teaching, internship, or practicum classes, please stay informed and work closely with your campus and site supervisors to adhere fully to all safety requirements.

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

WELCOME BACK!

Dean Scott

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*

(The following letter was sent July 13.)

Dear Clinical Teachers, Field Supervisors and faculty teaching clinical courses,

With the evolving TAMU-CC response to the coronavirus outbreak in Texas, we have received questions regarding the implications for clinical work in schools as part of teacher licensure programs.  Please be assured that the College of Education and Human Development is working in close communication with the TAMU-CC response team as well as the Texas Education Agency and universities around the state to implement fair policies that do not penalize candidates for situations out of their control.  Because of the fluidity of the situation, policies are subject to change.  As of this morning, here are answers to common questions related to clinical work in schools:

Per guidelines in the Clinical Teaching Handbook, teacher candidates follow the calendar and emergency response policies of the school where they are completing the experience.  This means:

    1. If the district remains in session, candidates report to school and all professional obligations which are required for the mentor teacher. Candidates will follow the safety protocol of the partnering school at all times while located at the school campus.  
    2. If a district moves toward online instruction, candidates should collaborate with Mentor/Cooperating Teachers to assist in the delivery of online instruction.
    3. Evaluations will “tentatively” be conducted both f2f and virtually depending on the campus/district situation as well as the Supervisor’s availability.
    4. Clinical Teaching and Field Supervisor Orientations, respectively, as well as Clinical Teaching meetings will be online initially. More information is forthcoming.
    5. Placement information is ongoing–Please be patient–we will reach out to you.

The College of Education and Human Development is committed to the health and safety of all our candidates as well as the students and staff at the schools where you work.  If you have any underlying health or medical condition that puts you at a higher risk for coronavirus complications, please contact the Office of Clinical Teaching immediately to determine next steps.  We continue to urge everyone to implement the personal prevention protection methods to prevent other infectious diseases as recommended by the CDC:

  • Above all, if you are not feeling well, stay home
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay about 6 feet, about two arm lengths, away from other people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air-dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Use wipes where available to disinfect high-touch surfaces (door handles, light switches, desks, phones, computer keyboards, etc.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If required by the school district, wear masks and employ other personal protective equipment as directed.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.  Continue to monitor your TAMU-CC email for updates.

Best regards,

Carmen Tejeda-Delgado

Email:

Dr. Carmen Tejeda-Delgado

Pearson testing centers resumed exam delivery on May 1 in some locations/cities. Visit the Pearson website for up-to-date information. Students who have testing approval can register/schedule an exam. If a Pearson testing location remains closed, 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.

Meanwhile, our tutors launched a virtual literacy program that's continued into the summer with new reading sessions every weekday. Videos are posted on facebook.

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 operating remotely via telehealth. Individual counseling is provided by telephone, and groups take place by web conference.

Visit the CTC web site for our current groups and hours.

  • The spring 2020 Educator Induction Ceremony was cancelled. We are providing our graduates with their commemorative medallions for pickup, and we will also welcome them back to a future celebration once it is possible to hold one.
  • The spring and summer 2020 COEHD Hooding Ceremonies were cancelled, and we plan to welcome back any of those grads who wish to participate in a future ceremony whenever it's possible to hold one.
  • The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony took place remotely on May 15 and is available on YouTube.
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.

  • The ECECH is offering telehealth counseling for no charge, currently through April 30.
  • 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 is providing free telehealth counseling and has also 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.