The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture (includes Teacher Education) offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate degree programs to students interested in becoming professional educators. We offer two pathways to becoming a professional educator. If you are interested in teaching in the classroom, then follow the headings for Grade Level Certifications. If you are interested in teaching in an informal or related field, see our brand new Minor in Education Studies option. 

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)

Interested in becoming an elementary school teacher?  For this major, you will take a range of disciplinary coursework and choose a minor to complete your studies. The minor may be in Special Education, Bilingual Education, or any other content area in the undergraduate bulletin. See the link below for details.

Middle School Certification (Grades 4-8)

If you are interested in becoming a middle school teacher, you will major in one of the disciplines listed below and complete requirements for secondary teacher certification. 

Secondary Certification (Grades 7-12)

If you are interested in becoming a 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.  

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. 

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).

Wicked Problems LLC Students support the Catholic Charities of Central Texas

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.