Sommer Elementary School Gifted and Talented specialist Revathi Balakrishnan was named the 2016 Round Rock ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year at the district’s annual banquet Monday evening sponsored by the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation and A+ Federal Credit Union. 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’s doing what she loves, she said. She earned her teacher certification through the Teacher Recruitment Program at the Round Rock campus of Texas State University. To read more about Revathi Balakrishnan and see pictures of her classroom click here.
TRP Information Session: June 4, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Avery building, Round Rock campus, room 453.
The Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) provides an accelerated pathway for individuals seeking initial teacher certification, who already hold a baccalaureate degree. 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.
TRP applicants preparing to become high school teachers must apply to the Graduate College as degree seeking.
TRP participants preparing to become elementary school teachers who wish to earn a teaching certificate and master's degree have the option to complete an additional 6 graduate classes to obtain a Masters degree in Education (MEd.) and must apply to the Graduate College as degree seeking. .
Elementary applicants seeking teacher certification only should apply to the Graduate College as postgraduate seeking teacher certification only.
For coursework information, scroll down or click on back to topics.
Step 1:Complete the online Graduate College Admission application
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, send the following to:
Graduate College - Admissions
JC Kellam 280
Texas State University - San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666-4605
Step 3: Download the TRP Professional Reference Form. Make three copies. Distribute reference forms to individuals who have first-hand knowledge of your work (supervisors, co-workers, professors, etc.) Do not include family members as references. Reference should mail the form directly to the Graduate College as specified on the reference form.
Click on the TRP Professional Reference Form PDF below to download the 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: