We work with community-based organizations to create volunteer and service programs that help prepare future educators for successful and rewarding careers.
Our education enrichment opportunities allow you to:
- Engage in classroom-based learning experiences
- Design assessment, planning, and instructional strategies
- Explore a wide range of classroom settings
- Work with children with a range of moderate learning and behavioral challenges
Service Learning Opportunities
You are required to complete five to ten hours of service learning in public, charter, private, or parochial school classrooms as directed by course instructors.
Clinical Field-Based Experiences
Educational immersion is a hallmark of our curriculum. Field-based block courses give you hands-on experience in community classrooms, exposing you to an environment in which you'll eventually teach. As a result, you will enter the classroom with realistic expectations and sound methods of behavior management and teaching pedagogy.
The block-course program enables you to build strong relationships with mentor teachers and creates a pipeline for you to find work after graduation. Our students are highly sought after and top-of-mind candidates at partnering schools. Students have received job-offers even before their student teaching requirements have been completed.
Prior to becoming student teachers, you must complete 80 to 120 hours of teaching experience in one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings. This helps you implement theories of curriculum and pedagogy taught in professional development courses. It's also a chance to apply critical thinking skills associated with content courses in your major.
“The more ‘real-life’ experiences we can provide our future teachers, the better prepared they will be to face 21st century teaching challenges,” — Leslie Loughmiller, Assistant Professor of Education.
Students go on to pursue a range of rewarding careers both inside and outside the classroom. Sound partnerships with affiliate school systems have created a reliable system in which graduates have found fulfilling work.
Currently, STEM teachers as well as foreign language, English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education teachers are in high demand. As a significant number of teachers are expected to reach retirement age within the coming years, job opportunities are projected to increase in these and other fields.
Graduates pursue careers such as:
- Career and technical education teachers
- Special education teachers
- Physical Education teachers
- Art teachers
- Spanish teachers
- Theater Arts teachers
- College and University professors
- Instructional coordinators
- Preschool teachers
- School and career counselors
- Social workers
- Childcare workers
Meet the Faculty
Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners with years of classroom experience and creative passions of their own. They stay active in their fields and bring their expertise to the classroom.
Those of us who teach, and want to teach, know that it is demanding, hard work. It also can be fun and joyful. In the School of Education, we prepare new educators who will have a positive and lasting impact on the learning lives of their students. Faculty in the School of Education strive to model lifelong learning and the courage to take risks and foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions with each other.
"To better prepare teachers for increasingly diverse settings, I help them explore the multiple ways that race, class, gender and sexual identity influence their work and shape the experiences of future learners." — Kris Sloan, PhD, Associate Professor of Education
All of our faculty members have recent publications and have been invited to present their compositions at national conferences.
Steven Fletcher, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, received the 2014 Hudspeth Award for Innovative instruction.
“[The students] courage and willingness to critically examine their developing teaching skills reflects not just my work with them but the way in which St. Edward's University approaches a liberal education." — Steven Fletcher, PhD, Associate Professor of Secondary Education
Prepare students of all ages for excellence
Students interested in teaching Art, Physical Education, Spanish, Special Education or Theater Arts will pursue an All-Level Certification (EC-Grade 12). This certification provides the knowledge and skills necessary to teach students within a specific discipline at any grade level.
To obtain an All-Level Certification, you must major in one of the following disciplines and complete the appropriate teaching licensure exams:
Students on this track will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in their major. Upon graduation and successful completion of the appropriate licensure examinations, students will be recommended for Texas EC-12 Teacher Certification.