The Teacher Preparation Program principal goal, as stated in Certifications No. 27 2003-04 and No. 47 2004-05 of the Board of Trustees of the University of Puerto Rico, is to offer the curricular sequence for teacher certification in secondary education in accordance with the norms and regulations of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. Consistent with the University’s vision and mission, the program offers a sequence designed to update and strengthen knowledge and skills of professional educators, Certification No. 190 2000-01 of the Board of Trustees of the University of Puerto Rico.
The goal of the Teacher Preparation Program of the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico is to prepare professional educators committed to new educational paradigms, leaders in education with an inquisitive attitude, creative and critical thinkers, with a mastery of pedagogical and conceptual content in their discipline. The program seeks to foster that the candidate develop cognitive, affective, psychomotor, research, technological and communication skills. The intention is that the candidate becomes a lifelong learner in order to be a competent, effective teacher.
This intensive training program is designed for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, and College of Engineering. In addition to education courses, the program includes observations and practice in the classroom under the direct supervision of experienced teachers, and university faculty. The Education Program offers the sequence of courses required by the Department of Education of Puerto Rico to obtain Certification as Secondary Level Teacher. In order to receive a teaching license, students must present evidence to the Department of Education at the conclusion of the Education Program. In addition, students must approve the required State Teaching Certification Test (PCMAS), offered by the College Board.