Master of Education with Non-Traditional Teacher Certification (MENTC)
SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
The Master of Education for Non-Traditional Teacher Certification (MENTC) is
a cohort program designed for those who desire a “change of career” into the
field of education. This two year program is designed to increase the number of
qualified teachers in teaching areas such as: special education, bilingual education,
technology applications, and intermediate and secondary math and science.
Students who meet entry requirements complete 12 to 18 hours of graduate
coursework during the first year of the program and take the necessary content
TExES exam(s) in order to meet NCLB requirements for teaching during the second
year of the program.
The total number of credit hours for the program is forty-two hours. Six of
the forty two hours are a professional internship where the student is
supervised by university faculty. Students are allowed to complete their
internship in a public, private, or charter school setting and become the
teacher of record.
The uniqueness of this program is that it allows individuals to complete
requirements for initial teacher certification and earn a Master of Education
degree. MENTC was started in 1996 and is
well respected as an alternative teacher preparation program by area school
districts. In 2002, Northside ISD
partnered with OLLU in a five year Transition to Teaching grant to prepare
teachers in high need areas including special education, bilingual, math and
science to teach in high need schools. To
date, almost three hundred students have completed certification requirements
in various disciplines and a master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.
In 2003, Our Lady of the Lake
preparation program was recognized by the State Board of Educator Certification
as one of the top ten teacher preparation programs on teacher retention (over
76% of OLLU graduates remained in teaching more than five years).
In 2005, OLLU was awarded a Teacher Quality Recruitment grant. MENTC students pursuing bilingual, math,
science and special education are encouraged to apply for the CoMeT-R
grant. Please go to http://education.ollusa.edu/comet
for additional information on the grant.
In 2006, OLLU was awarded a Robert Noyce grant to support initial teacher
certification in math and science.
Please check with the Center for Science and Math Education for
additional information on this grant.
In 2008, Intercultural Development and Research Association (IDRA) partnered
with OLLU for a second Transition to Teaching grant with a focus on preparing
math and science teachers with bilingual or ESL supplemental
certification. Scholarship assistance is
also available for this certification program.
Dr. Jerrie Jackson can provide additional information on this grant.
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Office of Graduate Admissions
Our Lady of the Lake University
411 SW 24th Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 434-6711, ext. 2372 -or- (800) 436-6558