The St. Edward's Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (includes Teacher Education) offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degree programs to students interested in becoming professional educators.


Students can choose their course of study based on grade level, discipline or specific area of interest. 

Grade Level Certifications

Teacher certifications are offered at four levels; Elementary School (Early Childhood -Grade 6). Middle School (Grades 4-8), High School (Grades 7-12), and All Levels (Early Childhood -Grade 12). Within these grade levels, students may become certified in a specific discipline. Certification levels and their corresponding discipline certifications are listed below:

Elementary School Certification (Early Childhood - Grade 6)

If you are interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, you may choose to take discipline-specific coursework on one of two tracks:

Middle School Certification (Grades 4-8)

If you are interested in becoming a middle school teacher, you must major in one of the disciplines listed below in addition to completing the middle school teaching certification

Secondary Certification (Grades 7-12)

If you are interested in becoming a high school teacher, you must major in one of the disciplines listed below in addition to completing the secondary school teaching certification

Art, Spanish, 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 the all-level teaching certification

Special Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education qualifies students to become special education teachers at all levels (Early Childhood - Grade 12). This degree plan offers the benefits of dual certification. Upon completion, you may test for certification in both Special Education (EC–12) and Elementary Education (EC–6), providing more career options.

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.

Faculty & Staff

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. 

Noyce Scholarship Program

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation that encourages talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals to become K-12 teachers. The program works in conjunction with Austin Community College to provide qualified sophomores and juniors with financial and academic support. Find out more about the Noyce Scholarship program.

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.

Important information regarding TEA background checks:

In order to be in compliance with the Texas Education Code, 227.1 (below), the School of School of Human Development and Education 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, students 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:

§227.1. General Provisions.

(a) It is the responsibility of the education profession as a whole to attract applicants and to retain educators who demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the performance of the diverse student population of this state.

(b) Educator preparation programs should inform all applicants that:

(1) pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and

(2) pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching (student teaching semester).