Sommer Elementary School Gifted and Talented specialist Revathi Balakrishnan, a graduate of the Teacher Recruitment Program at Texas State University Round Rock campus, was named the 2016 Round Rock ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and most recently named Teacher of the Year 2016 for Region XIII. Region XIII hosts 60 school districts and spans 16 counties in the Central Texas area. Balakrishnan has been an educator for nine years, six of which have been at Sommer as a founding staff member. Teaching is Balakrishnan’s second career and she says "I'm doing what I love". She earned her teacher certification through the Teacher Recruitment Program at the Round Rock campus of Texas State University.
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TRP Information Session: November 5, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Avery building, Round Rock campus, room 453.
The Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) provides an accelerated pathway for individuals, who hold a baccalaureate, who are seeking initial teacher certification. Two initial teacher certification pathways are available through TRP:
TRP is a full-certification program including 18 hours of graduate initial teacher certifcation course work and 14 weeks of student teaching, typically completed in two semesters of full-time attendance. The coursework may begin in either the Fall or Spring semesters. The first semester classes are delivered at the Round Rock campus. Field experiences are delivered on-site in local area public schools. Due to the accelerated nature of the Teacher Recruitment Program a substantial portion of the program requires a daytime commitment in public schools.
Once a TRP participant has successfully completed the front-loaded 18 credit hours of graduate initial teacher certification coursework, student teaching, and has passed the required TExES licensing exams, he/she is then eligible to apply for full-time teaching positions in Texas.
The remaining 18 credit hours of coursework for the MEd. may be completed within 5 years.
For coursework information, scroll down or click on "back to topics".
Important Note: Please indicate on your Graduate College Application that you are applying for the either Elementary Education (MEd TRP ESL) or Secondary Education (MEd Teacher Recruitment Project). Failure to make these notations will delay the approval process. International students and U.S. citizens who earned a degree from outside the United States must contact the Graduate College for information regarding admissions (512-245-2581).
Step 2: To complete your application, submit the following:
Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each college or university from which credit was received. For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to email@example.com. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):
Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684
Step 3: Download the TRP Professional Reference Form.
IMPORTANT!! Let our office know that you are submitting an application to the Graduate College!!
Complete and submit the TRP information form in order to alert our coordinators of your intention to apply to the Teacher Recruitment Program.
Apply to take the Masters Comprehensive Exam during the semester you will complete your last class.
Required Capstone Experience: