The Teaching, Learning and Culture program adheres to high standards of academic excellence as it prepares caring, moral educators who are well prepared to teach in culturally diverse schools or to serve youth and adults in other educative experiences.

The program promotes excellence and accountability in teaching and learning within a framework of democracy and social justice. Faculty strive to model lifelong learning and the courage to take risks as well as foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions with others.

SEU teacher candidates meet parents in Del Valle ISD

2021-2022 Calendar

Fall 2021
Fall 2021 Important Dates Event 
August 17 Student Teaching Begins based on School District Calendar
August 23

Fall 2021 academic semester begins

September 6

Labor Day Holiday - no courses meet

September 8    

Official headcount day and last day for unrecorded drop - undergraduate, graduate full-term, Last day to apply to graduate in Fall 2021

September 15       

Applications due for Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching Internship

September 15

Priority deadline for Noyce Scholarship grant application (STEM majors only)

October 1

Spring 2022 Advising starts - Spring 2021 course schedule available

October 11

Mid-semester - undergraduate

October 15

Founder's Day Holiday - no courses meet

November 2

Last day to withdraw from any course

November 9-14

Registration window for Spring 2022

November 24-28

Thanksgiving break - no courses meet

December 6-9

Exam/test week 

December 15

Final grades due by 9 AM

Spring 2022
Spring 2022 Important Dates Event 
January 10

Spring 2021 academic semester begins

January 14

Last day to change sections or add any course - undergraduate full-term

January 17    

Martin Luther King Day - no courses meet

February 15       

Applications due for Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching Internship

February 28

Mid-semester - undergraduate term

March 1

Sum/Fall 2022 Advising starts - Sum/Fall 2022 course schedule available

March 12-18

Spring break - No Classes meet

March 28

Last day to withdraw from any course, Last day to withdraw or add pass/no pass

March 30 - Apr 4

Registration window for Sum/Fall 2022

April 14-17

Easter Break - no courses meet

April 18

Application deadline for Noyce Scholarships (STEM students only).

April 18

Easter Monday - no day courses (courses begin at 5:00 p.m.)

May 2-5

Exam/Test Week

May 7


May 11

Grades due

St. Families Photographing St. Edward's Graduates as they Participate in the Legacy Walk at 2021 Commencement

Program Policies

The teacher preparation program at St. Edward's University is accredited through the Texas Education Agency as an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). In order to share important information and be compliant with state guidelines, please read through the following information as needed. 

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Minor in Teacher Education with Certification


The Minor in Teacher Education prepares the student for teacher certification in Texas in Middle and High School (Grades 7-12) or All Level (Early Childhood-Grade 12). Within these grade levels, you choose a disciplinary major from the certification areas offered and add a Minor in Teacher Education to your degree plan. Certification levels and their corresponding discipline certifications are listed below:

Secondary Certification (Grades 7-12)

If you are interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher, you will major in one of the disciplines listed below and complete a minor in Teacher Education with grade 7-12 secondary teaching certification

Art, Spanish, Kinesiology or Theater Arts (Early Childhood-Grade 12)

If you are interested in becoming a teacher at any grade level, you must major in one of the disciplines listed below in addition to completing a minor in teacher education with all-level teaching certification

Minor in Education Studies


If you are interested in becoming an educator but have decided to pursue a career outside of the formal K-12 classroom, then the minor in education studies is a perfect fit for your plans. This program includes coursework to prepare you for working with adolescents and adults with a blend of theory and practical applications of your emerging skills. There are two internship course experiences that round out your training before graduation and prepare you for your future.  

Educator Program Policies

Criminal Background Check Requirements

Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.  Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator.  If you were convicted of an offense that is not considered appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn certification in Texas.

The Texas Education Agency provides candidates with an opportunity to conduct a preliminary Criminal History Evaluation. This evaluation is a non-mandatory, non-binding evaluation of an individual’s self-reported criminal history. In addition, the agency obtains your name-based Texas criminal history information. The service is provided to the requestor for a non-refundable fee. The requestor will receive an evaluation letter by email from agency staff advising of potential ineligibility for educator certification. Learn more about the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

Admission Requirements to the Teacher Education Program

Students who intend to earn a teaching certificate in conjunction with a degree must apply for admission to the Teacher Education program. NOTE: Declaration of an academic major associated with teacher education is not equivalent to admission to the program.

In order to become eligible for admission to the Teacher Education program, the undergraduate candidate must fulfill the following requirement:

1. Completion of 60 semester hours, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

2. Completion of all Foundational Skills courses with a grade of C or better.

3. Completion of 12–15 semester hours in the major content area. Students must repeat any course within the academic major and/or required supporting courses in which a grade below a C is earned.

4. Completion of EDUC 1330, EDUC 2331, EDUC 2332, and SPED 2324 (courses may be in progress) with a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

5. Submission of two recommendation forms from St. Edward’s University faculty.

6. Submission of a formal application by the appropriate deadline. The priority deadlines for application are September 15, February 15, and July 15.

7. Completion of Practice Content Exam for certification area.

The Teacher Education Advisory Committee will convene to review applications and make recommendations for admission or denial to the program. Applicants will be notified of admission status in writing. Any student denied admission may reapply later when eligibility requirements are met or may switch to the Education Studies minor.

Academic Requirements

Any student who fails to maintain the standards required for retention in the Teacher Education program will receive written notification of dismissal from the dean of the school. Upon dismissal, students will not be permitted to apply for the Student Teaching Internship. Retention in the Teacher Education program requires that the student maintain the following standards:

1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

2. A grade point average of 2.5 or better in the academic major, with no grade below a C in any course. Students must repeat any course within the academic major in which a grade below a C is earned.

3. A grade point average of 3.0 or better in all EDUC and READ coursework, with no grade below a C in any course. Students must repeat any EDUC or READ course in which a grade below a C is earned.

4. Professional conduct consistent with the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas educators.

5. meet the Fitness to Teach standards. Students who are admitted to teacher education are expected to demonstrate both academic and specified non-academic standards that are necessary to be competent teachers. The intent is to ensure that the students recommended for teacher certification are able to complete the duties for which they are being prepared. The fitness standards and behaviors are as follows:

• The student demonstrated proficiency and competence in both oral and written English.

• The student was both consistent and punctual in attending classes, meetings, advising sessions, internship placements/assignments, etc.

• The student met deadlines for required work (i.e. completed papers, projects, etc., on time).

• The student performed an equitable share of the work on group assignments and collaborated with others to solve problems.

• The student received feedback in an appropriate and reasonably non-defensive manner.

• The student expressed feedback in a constructive way (i.e. specific, concrete, non-judgmental, positive as well as negative).

• The student dealt with and expressed frustrations in appropriate, direct, non-aggressive ways (did not raise voice, use labels or name-calling, become physical).

• The student maintained a reasonable level of mental and physical health under pressure or in stressful situations.

• The student treated all people with respect (i.e. refrained from pejorative statements or negative actions based upon race, gender, religious affiliation, etc., treated all people fairly).

• The student voiced concerns, criticisms, and complaints in an appropriate and constructive manner (maintained composure, took responsibility for his/her role in the situation, proposed solutions, accepted the outcome without resentment).

• The student interacted in a respectful, professional manner with pupils, peers, instructors, supervisors, both in the university classroom and in field assignments.

6. In order to be in compliance with the Texas Education Code, 227.1, the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies requires students to undergo a criminal history background check in order to participate in field experiences, which are linked to courses in the teacher certification program. In the event that the student is denied access to schools due to the criminal history check, the student will be notified in writing as soon as possible. The student will be responsible to contact the Texas Education Agency to determine next steps, procedures, and corrective actions. See the following link for further details and requirements:

Information for Military Students

Complaint Policy Guidelines

Procedure guidelines allows an applicant, candidate, employee or former employee of the Teacher Education Program, a cooperating teacher, mentor, or an administrator in a school district, charter school or private school to submit a complaint about the Teacher Education Program for investigation and resolution in a timely and effective manner. 

Faculty & Staff

St. Edward's Educators

St. Edward's Educators (SEE) is a student organization that provides friendship, encouragement and professional development to students pursuing education careers. This group provides St. Edward's University with a pre-professional organization for undergraduate students in education who have yet to become teachers.

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is the international honor society in the field of education at St. Edward's University. Membership is offered to the top 20% of those entering the education field. Participation in Kappa Delta Pi offers you networking opportunities, student teaching resources, and a one year's subscription to New Teacher Advocate and various electronic teaching publications.

To be eligible for membership in Kappa Delta Pi, you must:

  • Be enrolled at St. Edward's as a graduate or undergraduate
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities
  • Have completed at least 45 credit hours of course work; six hours as a graduate student
  • Have at least 12 credit hours in education course work completed or in progress
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater and receive an invitation to membership

Bilingual Education Student Organization

Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) works with the National Association for Bilingual Education and The Texas Association for Bilingual Education to promote bilingual and bi-cultural education on campus and in the Austin community.

BESO is a nationally recognized organization that is community-service oriented and supportive of the professional growth of its members. 

Dean's Leadership Council

The School of Education's Dean's Leadership Council (DLC) is an advisory board of all education student organizations at St. Edward’s University. 

The goal of the council is to establish a network among all student organizations and students connected to the School of Education by encouraging collaboration. 

Educator Preparation Program Complaint Policy

St. Edward's University Teacher Education Program encourages student teaching interns to discuss their concerns or complaints through informal conferences with departmental faculty.  Read more here for a detailed explanation of how to do this.

Teacher Reciprocity

Our teacher preparation program is approved by the Texas Educational Agency as an "EPP" or Educator Preparation Provider. Teachers who intend to teach in standard EC-12 settings and who complete all requirements for graduation, pass appropriate TExES exams and other requirements for official teacher certification, and apply and are granted State of Texas Teaching Certification, may be eligible to teach in other states across the US.  Please follow this link to learn more about States that have an agreement of reciprocity with Texas teachers. 

Wicked Problems LLC Students support the Catholic Charities of Central Texas

A group of freshmen students in the Wicked Problems LLC raised and donated over $2000 to Catholic Charities of Central Texas to support Hurricane Harvey victims. "The mission of our LLC is to look at large, complex social issues and find ways to take action to solve them," says Steve Fletcher, Associate Professor of Secondary Education. Students and faculty at St. Edward's University raised the funds with a GoFundMe account and by hosting a ticketed variety show on campus. The donation directly supports long-term recovery of 121 Houston-based families in an effort to rebuild their homes and personal businesses "with the goal that they rebuild their lives to what it was pre-disaster" says Kristen Erdem who is the Major Gift Officer at Catholic Charities of Central Texas.