Academy for Teacher Excellence

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Academic Level
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Development of Teachers


The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) prepares Latino/Hispanic pre-service and in-service educators to teach diverse student populations. The Academy seeks to increase the number of culturally and linguistically diverse students who enroll and graduate with bachelors’ and advanced degrees in education.

Program Description

Established in 2003, ATE works collaboratively with area school districts, community colleges, the private sector, and the University of Texas at San Antonio to serve as a center for educational research, design, evaluation, program implementation, and collaboration. Grounding its work in the “Culturally Effacious Teacher” model, ATE prepares and retains teachers to demonstrate the attitudes, knowledge, and skills of a Culturally Efficacious Teacher.

ATE’s Teacher Academy Learning Community (TALC) helps prepare pre-service Hispanic/Latino, and low-income diverse undergraduate students to complete their teaching certification and degree program by addressing the academic, emotional, and psychosocial challenges a university experience may bring. For in-service teachers, ATE provides teacher support including year-round professional development, the eCommunity of Practice (eCofP)––an online community of educators that overcomes the limitations found in single mentoring systems, career transition guidance, and the Teacher Quality grant program.


Since 2005, ATE's Accelerated Teacher Education Program (ATEP) mathematics, science and special education teachers have served over 100,000 Latino students in the San Antonio area.

ATE has served 1,852 undergraduate students seeking teaching certification and 59% of those served have been Latino. 

ATE has enrolled over 200 students in its Accelerated Teacher Education Program (ATEP), a graduate-level teacher preparation program.

In addition to becoming teachers at high-need schools (those with over 90% Latino students), over 80% of participants have taught for at least 5 years.

As of 2012, 82 ATEP teachers have earned an M.A. Ed. and 43 would be completing the M.A. Ed. within 18 months. 

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