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CISD Partners with TAMU to Recruit and Train New Teachers

aggieTERM provides TAMU undergraduate education students with a year-long clinical residency to develop the classroom expertise to become effective, long-term educators in the Caldwell Independent School District (CISD). Candidates will be offered a teaching position in CISD upon successful completion of the residency.


aggieTERM is framed within a 5-point Comprehensive Community Induction Model. There is an impressive body of research on the aspects of teacher preparation that have the most impact on quality teachers. From this literature, one can identify five key attributes that researchers have found to be linked to quality clinical teaching:

  1. A coherent vision of teaching between school and university partners
  2. Comprehensive strategies that enhance clinical experiences
  3. Shared governance
  4. Developmental induction training for clinical teachers and mentors
  5. Anchored in the community


  • Enrollment in EC- 6th grade track; special education track is preferred
  • Good academic standing and no growth plan in junior year; pass Junior Methods courses with no grades lower than a C
  • Pass content exams by mid-July
  • Intent to serve as a full-time teacher with CISD for a minimum of 2 years at the conclusion of the residency year

Selection Criterion

Students’ responses from the application process are ranked by aggieTERM faculty and BISD staff. The students who receive the top rankings are selected for aggieTERM.



Summer  – Preparation for School Year

  • Complete required teacher content certification exams by mid-July
  • Contact our aggieTERM staff at for a list of required exams
  • Attend two mandatory meetings with the university supervisor
  • Attend BISD’s professional development with cooperating teachers to prepare for the upcoming academic year

Fall – Senior Methods

  • Candidates will follow CISD’s calendar, rather than TAMU’s calendar
  • Clinical teaching 4 days a week meeting the same professional and teaching standards as all TAMU clinical teachers
  • Take Senior Methods courses once a week (if applicable)