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The Award-winning Teacher Certification Program at UH is now in Sugar Land

In Fall 2007, the University of Houston increased prospects for students by offering the Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies QUEST teacher certification program to EC-6 majors at the Sugar Land campus. Same world-class faculty. Same innovative curriculum. Same comprehensive support for new teacher preparation. Just closer to home!

QUEST is Quality Urban Education for Students and Teachers. Students in the QUEST Program learn to teach with the latest research-based strategies and modern technologies from a world-class faculty. Our future teachers participate in early and continued field experiences, learning to do the work of real teachers in real schools. We are proud to develop professional educators accountable for their own actions. We value the diversity of our students just as we encourage them to value the diversity of their own students. Upon graduation, our new teachers are highly sought after by districts throughout Texas.

Awards for the QUEST Program

  • The 2007 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE).
  • The 2007 National Student Teacher of the Year: Maria Carandas
  • The 2007 Texas Student Teacher of the Year: Fatyn Khawaja

QUEST Milestones

The QUEST program is organized into three distinct phases.

  • QUEST 1 is learner-focused, with the goal of introducing teacher candidates to the teaching profession, to the development of children, and to urban learners, schools, and communities.
  • QUEST 2 is a rigorous, content-focused semester where teacher candidates are immersed in authentic classroom contexts as they become proficient in content, pedagogy, and technology knowledge in all areas for which they will be certified.
  • QUEST 3, typically known as student teaching, is performance-focused, immersing candidates in the real work of teachers in urban school settings.

Unique Features of QUEST

  • School-based experiences provide challenging and diverse teaching environments.
  • Community involvement develops deeper understanding of civic responsibility, community leadership, and family interactions.
  • Professional attributes of teacher candidates are tracked during all the three phases of QUEST.
  • Integrated preservice and inservice development provides professional development for site-based educators in schools in which our candidates are placed.
  • Integrated technology aligned directly to all QUEST courses and experiences.
  • Web-based portfolios connect assignments, student work samples, photographs, video, and other instructional artifacts to reflections on growth and learning.

Key Features of the Sugar Land Program

The program at Sugar Land is truly an extension of the Main campus QUEST program, with all of the quality, instructors, resources, and expectations, made more convenient to students who reside in the Sugar Land/Ft. Bend area. Program highlights include:

  • Courses taught by or in coordination with UH Main campus faculty
  • Onsite Program Manager and Advising
  • Field placements in district sites convenient to Sugar Land/Ft. Bend area
  • Technology integrated throughout program and supported in Sugar Land computing facility

Interested students should contact the QUEST Advisor.


Students apply for QUEST at multiple points in the program, which allows advisors to monitor progress on benchmarks throughout the program. Students meet with their advisors every semester to be sure they are meeting all benchmarks. When calling to make an appointment, please provide your PeopleSoft number.

Contact Us

Erika Almaguer
QUEST Advisor
Advising appointment: 281.275.3340

Dr. Melissa Pierson
UH Director of Teacher Education

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