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.
As of Fall 2020, the Teacher Preparation Program at St. Edward’s will no longer offer pathways to elementary (EC-6) or Grade 4-8 teacher certification. While we are unable to accept incoming first-year students considering a career as an elementary school teacher, the university and program is committed to providing needed coursework for current students in the EC-6 or 4-8 pipeline to graduation.
Our Minor in Teacher Education prepares you for teacher certification in Texas. These are offered at two levels; 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:
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.
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.
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 (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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.