School-University Partnerships

College of Education and Human Development

Teacher Education Program

The College of Education and Human Development Teacher Education Program partners with local school districts to provide a top-quality experiential education program developing future educators. Following are elements of the partnership:

  • Educatory Preparation Program Advisory Council
    Members include representatives from TAMU-CC, the Education Service Center, local school districts, community colleges, and private agencies.
  • Cooperating Teachers
    Master teachers within partner schools who mentor TAMU-CC students.
  • Pre-student teachers (PST Is) spend two days per week at partner schools within local districts. TAMU-CC faculty and cooperating school faculty teach pedagogical content knowledge during a portion of this time and PST Is spend the rest of the time in classrooms working with students and implementing ideas/strategies learned in the course. PSTs Level I are expected to not only observe, but work with the students in their assigned classroom, and with the entire school community.
  • Pre-service teachers (PST IIs) spend five days a week for 13 weeks in partner schools following their cooperating teachers’ schedules. PST IIs are expected to not only work with the students in their assigned classrooms, but work in a collegial fashion with the school community as a whole.
  • University site professors teach pre-service teachers on school campuses, and they also provide leadershoip at partner school related to inquiry, professional development, and renewal of curriculum and instruction.
  • Partner schools
    Partner schools have agreed to collaborate with TAMU-CC in the partnership approach toward educator training. Different levels of partner school host pre-student teadhers, pre-service teachers, and/or field-based education courses.

Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center

  • After-School Program
    The After-School Program partners with surrounding Corpus Christi ISD schools in an economically disadvantaged area of Corpus Christi to provide tutoring, homework help, art instruction, guided reading practice, and snacks for children in grades K-4 from 3-6pm after school. Through the America Reads program, student tutors in the Teacher Education program help After-School program students with reading skills.
  • Barrio Writers Camp
    This free weeklong summer camp aims to empower teens through creative writing, higher education, and cultural arts. Recruitment takes place primarily through Corpus Christi ISD's Miller High School, Moody High School, and Driscoll Middle School.
  • Math Camp
    This free weeklong summer camp targets students from Corpus Christi ISD's Oak Park Elementary School and Zavala Elementary School who are two to three grade levels behind in math. Sponsors fund the camp instructors, provide daily meals, and give each child a backpack of school supplies to start the school year. Corpus Christi ISD provides bus transportation from the schools to the Garcia Center, and transportation for a field trip to the TAMUCC campus.
  • Math Intervention Workshops
    These Saturday workshops, held during the school year, help Math Camp alumni stay connected with math topics. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • VIK Summer Reading Camp
    TAMUCC students serve as teachers for this two-week summer camp, which is designed to help struggling readers improve literacy skills and gain confidence. Campers are recruited from surrounding Corpus Christi ISD schools in an economically disadvantaged area of Corpus Christi.

Early Childhood Development Center

The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is an elementary school serving students age three through the sixth grade that is operated jointly by the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The ECDC works in close partnership with the College of Education and Human Development. The university benefits by using the site for research, educator training, and programming. The ECDC benefits from the university's facilities, innovative programming, and proximity to a diverse variety of educators and ideas.


The College of Education and Human Development regularly provides conferences for professional development. Administrators and teachers from local school districts are involved with planning so that the conferences meet districts' current professional development needs. Following are some recent conferences:

  • ME by the SEa
    This conference on the TAMUCC campus hosts more than 250 PK-12 math and science educators from around the region and beyond. Educators from 22+ school districts attend.
  • School and University Partnership Conference of Education
    This free conference provides a venue for the professional development of in-service teachers, pre-service teachers as well as those interested in an education major. The concurrent sessions seek to provide participants with cutting edge educational research, strategies grounded in theory and practice and issues dealing with social change and social justice as they pertain to the educational landscape.

Reading Program

  • America Reads
    Through the America Reads program, the COEHD provides its students as reading tutors within Corpus Christi ISD.
  • Tutoring
    The READ 3351 (Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems) class provides tutoring at West Oso Elementary Schoolfor students in grades 3-5 identified at risk of not passing the STAAR test. Simultaneously, in coordination with West Oso administrators, Dr. Corinne Valadez works with West Oso Elementary teachers to provide refreshers on administering assessments. 


  • Athletic Training Program
    Student athletic trainers complete clinical experiences at area high schools with high school athletic trainers, helping to support athletic teams and care for injured athletes.

Special Education

  • TIDES Program
    In the TIDES Program (Teaching Independence, Determination, and Empowerment Skills) provides learning opportunities for Corpus Christi ISD at the Mary Grett Transition Center, a school that helps students age 18-21 with disabilities to develop life skills. TAMUCC students work with Mary Grett students, who come to the university campus for courses focusing on life and work skills.

Counseling and Educational Psychology

  • School counselors in training complete practicum/internship hours at districts including Corpus Christi ISD, Tuloso-Midway ISD, Gregory-Portland ISD, and Flour Bluff ISD.
  • Counseling interns provide group counseling services and adjunctive support for the school counselor at Corpus Christi ISD's Disciplinary Alternative Education Program Student Support Center. The partnership began in 2010 and has since served more than 1,000 hours of counseling and intervention to students in the Student Support Center (SSC). SSC students meet twice each week in same-gender small groups or individual sessions to discuss topics with TAMU-CC counseling interns. A TAMU-CC professor oversees the program.