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Teacher Preparation and Certification Program

Our Mission: To develop innovative, caring, and knowledgeable educators who use an interdisciplinary approach to meet the needs of diverse learners

Our Vision: An innovative and caring educator in every classroom

TPCP is a Post-baccalaureate Program that offers Alternative Certification in: Early Childhood Education PK-3 and Secondary Education in specific content areas.

  • Undergrads earn a Tulane degree in a content field, not in education. These students can take education courses while earning their degree but must complete a 5th year to complete the final clinical experience. 
  • Tulane also offers a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education.
  • On average 200 students are enrolled in TPCP courses, half post-baccalaureate students and half are Tulane undergraduates.
  • Since 2005 over 180 students have completed the Teacher Certification Program at Tulane.
Study Abroad

Students will have the option to choose two (3-credit hour) courses in Education, Art History, and Psychology. These courses focus on the Reggio Emilia Approach to Education, the growth and development of children and adolescents, and art appreciation in Italy. Students will also have many opportunities to enhance the context of their courses as they explore the museums and cultural centers of Ferrara, Venice, and Florence.
Students from any major or classification (i.e., freshmen, seniors or graduates), are welcome to join this rewarding and inspiring abroad experience.  All courses are taught in English.

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Classroom Field Experience

As students progress through the program, the level of responsibility in the K-12 setting increases: from focused observations to individual and small group tutoring, and finally to whole class instruction.  By the time students are eligible for the final clinical, they will have spent 200 hours in K-12 classrooms.

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Students should schedule an advising appointment with an appropriate TPCP advisor. Advisors are assigned to students based on the first letter of the student’s last name or content area.

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Social Innovation in Education

Please explore the articles, websites, and ways in which TPCP faculty members have integrated SEL into our classes.

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Our Core Principles:

Core Principle 1- Designing and Planning Instruction
a. Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy;

b. Demonstrating Knowledge of Students;

c. Setting Instructional Outcomes;

d. Designing Coherent Instruction;

e. Designing Student Assessments

Core Principle 2- The Learning Environment
a. Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport;

b. Establishing a Culture for Learning

Core Principle 3- Instruction
a. Communicating with Students;

b. Engaging and Motivating Students in Learning;

c. Using Assessment in Instruction;

d. Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness

Core Principle 4- Professional Responsibility and Leadership
a. Participating in a Professional Community;

b. Growing and Developing Professionally;

c. Showing Professionalism

Core Principle 5- Sensitivity to Diversity
Candidates demonstrate a sensitivity to learner variety and cultural differences and use
knowledge to raise the self esteem and achievement of all learners regardless of their
backgrounds, characteristics, and/or learning profiles.

Almost every course has field experience in public (both charter and non-charter), private and parochial area schools.

TPCP has had over 180 program completers since 2005.