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Preparing Teachers for Today's Classrooms

Empowering Educators through Support, Growth, and Collaboration

Catching Up



Catching Up with Cardinals is a series that highlights the educational journey and career of individuals who graduated from the Dreeben School of Education's Teacher Education Department at the University of the Incarnate Word. Our graduates are making a positive impact in the field of education, both inside and outside the classroom.

Catch up with Dr. Sam Dockery, class of 2010 & 2023,

and see what he's been up to since leaving the nest.

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Who We Are
The UIW Teacher Induction Program was created in 2012 to provide graduates with high-quality support as they transition in to the teaching profession. The UIW Teacher Network was designed with three main facets: induction support, professional development, and professional networking.


One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.

- Malala Yousafzai

Ami Giguere, BA '11,
'16 MAT

"I've been blessed with a rock solid foundation in my education leading up to becoming a teacher. I owe so much to my professors at UIW for preparing me to be the best version of myself for my students and school community."


Alea Welch, BA '19

UIW gave me a solid foundation on how to be an impactful teacher. My time at UIW inspired me be the teacher I always wished I had. I am so grateful for the everlasting impact UIW has instilled in me as as a teacher and a member of the community." 


Emily Macias, BA '22

"My professors provided me with engaging activities and resources that I currently use. My well-rounded classroom experiences allowed me to learn from other teachers, which has been vital in discovering myself as an educator."

UIW is a Nationally Accredited Program

UIW is a State and Nationally Accredited Teacher Preparation Program.  The UIW Teacher Education Department offers degree programs to prepare Texas certified teachers. Graduates of the UIW Teacher Education Program meet state licensure requirements established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).


The Dreeben School of Education was first accredited by the TEA in January 1973 and maintains accreditation. The most recent continuing approval review was conducted in the spring of 2022.  TEA accreditation reviews are conducted every five years.

The University of the Incarnate Word is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In January 2021, the UIW Teacher Education Department was first recognized with national accreditation.  AAQEP awarded full accreditation through December 31, 2028.

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