The St. Edward's Department of Teacher Education offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degrees 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 (EC-Grade 6). Middle School (Grades 4-8), High School (Grades 7-12), and All Levels (EC-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 (EC - 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

  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies for MS 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

  • Biology 
  • Chemistry
  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Art, Spanish, or Theater Arts (EC-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

  • Art
  • Kinesiology (Physical Education)
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Theater Arts

Special Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education qualifies students to become special education teachers at all levels (EC-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 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. 

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international community of professionals who advocate for the advancement of special and gifted education. CEC's mission is to enhance quality of life for adolescents with exceptionalities through improvements in education. 

While upholding the national organization’s mission statement and core values, we take on the responsibility of recruiting and educating all St. Edward’s educators to uphold these same principles.

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 between 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 and complaints through informal conferences with departmental faculty.  Read more here for a detailed explanation of how to do this.