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Trace Etienne-Gray

Etienne_GrayOffice: TMH-220
Email: te01@txstate.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Trace Etienne-Gray has been teaching at Texas State University since the early 1990s. Over her long tenure, she has taught survey courses in US History and World History as well as methods courses for future history and social studies teachers.  Ms. Etienne-Gray uses the Enduring Vision textbook in her US History courses and the Essential World History book in her World History surveys.  Her online courses also incorporate the wide variety of study and assessment tools offered in MindTap for both of these books.

She earned her undergraduate degree and public school teaching certificate at Southwestern University in 1986 and went on to earn her Masters from Texas State in 1993.  In addition she has taken post-graduate courses in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech University.  She believes that the key to good instruction involves guiding others in their exploration and learning of new concepts, information and ideas.  As she sees it, “the duty of the teacher is to create opportunities for students to discover what they need to know.” Her approach incorporates multiple learning style and a strong student-centered methodology.

Courses Taught


History 1310/1320 Online does not meet as a class except for prescheduled testing dates (students can also opt to take the test at an independent testing center rather than coming to campus). All exams for this course are completed under the supervision of an approved proctor.  Communication between students and between the instructor and students is primarily maintained through emails and discussion boards. It is an asychronized environment--meaning that there is never a time when the entire class will be online simultaneously. As the course is taught online, it is expected that students have reliable access to the World Wide Web as well as to a computer. Online classes provide students with a great deal of freedom but also require that students demonstrate a great deal of responsibility and self-direction. These courses are both writing and reading intensive.

4200 is a capstone class for future social studies teachers at the secondary level. If you are planning to teach either in the 4-8 or 8-12 classrooms this is a course you should consider. If you are an undergraduate student seeking social studies composite certification, this is a course you must take as part of your degree program. The course is taught online and requires that students have reliable access to the World Wide Web as well as a computer. It is recommended that students take this course either while participating in their CI courses or the semester prior to student teaching.

The overall purpose of this course is to assist students in their transition into the role of social studies teachers. Readings, activities and discussions in this course are designed to encourage participants to develop a strong philosophical rationale for teaching all areas of the social sciences in our public schools. Emphasis is placed on participants developing their own plans that utilize various teaching methods and the State Standards.

Important to note that this course will not satisfy a core requirement of upper divisional elective hours nor is it designed for non-social studies major.