Improve teaching, learning and human development in an increasingly diverse global community.

Grounded in the St. Edward's tradition of scholarship, mentorship, community engagement and academic excellence, the School of Human Development and Education encompasses four departments: Teacher Education, Kinesiology, Graduate Human Development Programs, and the Office of Adult Continuing Studies. Our programs cultivate future educators, kinesiology professionals, accomplished leaders, professional counselors, and empowered adult learners to their fullest potential.


Department of Kinesiology

Students learn to create and implement fitness programs, diagnose injuries, and design rehabilitation plans. Most students select this degree with the goal of helping people in the area of fitness, sports, medicine, and other related fields.

Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture

Students receive hands-on training to teach in culturally diverse environments. Teacher Education students choose their course of study and grade level that suits their interests. Discover more about various grade levels and content areas of study.

Department of Counseling and College Development

Students gain insight into professional behavior through an experiential program with accomplished faculty. Read more about the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program, or discover how a Master of Arts in College Student Development (MACSD) can prepare you to work closely with college students, guiding them both academically and professionally.

Office of Adult Continuing Studies

The Office of Adult Continuing Studies (OACS) assists the Adult Learner population at St. Edward's. With flexible scheduling options available, and our nationally recognized portfolio program, adult students create an academic experience that best meets their goals.

Meet Our Dean and Faculty

Dr. Glenda Ballard, Dean, School of Education

Dear Future Education Students:

Imagine yourself demonstrating to a stroke victim how to learn to walk again.  Or teaching a group of children the fun of a healthy, physical lifestyle.  How about demonstrating the power of atoms to a group of chemistry students.  Or working with a group of autistic students in a summer camp.  What about helping a young couple as they tackle the challenges of marriage?  Or working with college freshmen as they choose classes, select their residence hall, and meet a roommate. Hear more from Dean Glenda Ballard.

Meet the Faculty

We are a highly motivated and talented team of educators. We create open and constructive learning environments where students have the freedom to ask questions and form their own opinions about important issues. Students are encouraged to share and test findings in their communities through civic engagement as scholars and citizens. It is our greatest hope that Education students graduate with inspired perspectives, motivated to make positive and significant changes in their communities and the lives of others.

Academic Advising

First-Year Advising

First-year students work with Academic Counseling and Support Programs. Academic counselors help students select and register for classes that are related to your interests and are appropriate for your degree plan. 

Upperclassman Advising

Upperclassmen are assigned to an advisor within the School of Education. Find your advisor by accessing Degree Works. See our advising page to address common advising questions, including how to complete courses off campus, questions about your major, and accessing degree works.

Student and Alumni Successes

Here are examples of what our School of Education students have accomplished during their student experience and after graduating from St. Edward’s: 

  • Meet Kinesiology graduate, Julia Harrison, who is launching her career as a physical therapist.
  • Fulbright Scholar, Martina Leos, has used her degree in Special Education and English, Language Arts, Reading to travel the world.
  • Master of Arts in Counseling graduate student, Ellen Pace, designed a equine-assisted therapy program to help young children through trauma.
  • Special Education major Jonathan Cruz is undertaking student-teaching at a local elementary school

Our Mission

Mission Statement

The School of Education advances the St. Edward’s University mission by promoting excellence in teaching and learning and by preparing our students in both general education and their chosen disciplines. Programs within the SOE enhance students’ knowledge and skills through the development of critical and creative thinking skills that prepare graduates for fulfilling employment opportunities, help them clarify their personal values and develop their places within the world community.

Our mission is to improve teaching, learning and human development in an increasingly diverse global community. A balance of theoretical and applied learning is key to achieving this goal. Our undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs are designed to fully immerse students in Austin's vibrant community, providing invaluable opportunities for personal insight and growth.

Depending on your course of study, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Teach in a variety of diverse school settings to prepare you for your first and subsequent teaching positions.
  • Assemble a strong foundation in the movement sciences
  • Grapple with the ethics of complex social issues form American and global perspectives through interdisciplinary courses in history, literature, social sciences, writing, and the arts.
  • Develop the knowledge skills, and experience necessary to begin post-master’s supervised experience as Licensed Professional Counselor Intern or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.
  • Engage in academic experiences tailored to adult learning, built around quality, convenience and flexibility.

Agent of Change

As many as half of new teachers leave the field within five years. Steven Fletcher, associate professor of Secondary Education, is creating ways to help them stay and succeed.