You’ve dreamed of changing students’ lives as a teacher. Develop the skills and experience you’ll need by earning a degree in Teacher Education.
Choose a grade level for certification: Elementary (Early Childhood through Grade 6), Middle and High School (Grades 4-8 or 7-12), or All Levels (Early Childhood through Grade 12) for certain subjects. You’ll have the option of being certified in the following areas: Art, Bilingual Generalist, Chemistry, English Language Arts and Reading, ESL Generalist, Generalist, History, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, Spanish, Special Education and Theater Arts.
For those seeking elementary teaching positions with certification, you’ll complete requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Early Childhood through Grade 6 and include a minor in Bilingual Education, Special Education or other content area, such as Mathematics or Science.
If you want to work with middle- or high-school students or teach all levels (Early Childhood through Grade 12), you will take both coursework in your subject area, such as History or English, and complete a minor in Teacher Education.
Whatever option you choose, you’ll be prepared for the Teacher Certification Exam, administered by the State of Texas.
You’ll learn best practices in courses that engage your head and your heart. Understand how to incorporate the latest educational technology, and prepare to work in culturally diverse schools with students who have a range of needs. You’ll learn from professors who have years of classroom experience and are invested in your success.
And you’ll get into the classroom long before you start your student teaching. With service learning and teaching experiences that gradually give you more and more responsibility, you’ll be prepared when it’s your time to lead.
What do our graduates do?
Teacher Education majors go on to teach in a variety of school districts in Texas and beyond. Here’s a sample.
- Dual-language third-grade teacher at Kent Elementary near Seattle
- High-school English teacher in the Austin Independent School District
- Art educator at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin
- Mathematics teacher at Savannah Elementary in Denton, Texas
- Education program instructor at Walt Disney World
- First-grade teacher at Casey Elementary School in Austin
Learning to Teach
Mathew Benoit ’10 didn’t come to St. Edward’s wanting to be a teaching but he left knowing it was what he meant to do. Read about how his experience on and off the hilltop prepared him to become a first grade teacher in Austin.
3 Tracks Leading to Teacher Certification
1. Elementary School Certification (EC–Grade 6)
You’ll learn to design innovative lesson plans, collaborate with other teachers in developing curriculum and integrate technology into your teaching approach.
2. Middle and High School Certification (Grades 4–8, 7-12)
A middle school teaching certification allows you to teach grades 4 through 8. A high school teaching certification prepares you to teach grades 7-12. These degree programs are designed to provide strong content area preparation with pedagogical training and real field experiences in active schools. Secondary school teachers play an instrumental role in shaping students' lives as they mature and consider options for after graduation. This program prepares prospective teachers to educate and guide students toward college and other endeavors as they prepare to navigate "the real world."
3. All Level Certification (EC-12)
An all-level teaching certification allows you to teach from early childhood to grade 12 for specific content areas like Art, Theatre Arts, Kinesiology, and Spanish instruction. All Level teachers have the flexibility to work at different grade levels, shaping young lives with creative and active learning strategies.
Students who major outside of the School of Human Development and Education may add a 21-hour Education Studies minor that prepares them for careers outside of the formal classroom but gives them valuable training and experience in essential teaching knowledge and skills.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
Our distinguished faculty members are scholar-practitioners dedicated to developing responsible and independent learners. Education is the way we discover the world and contribute to its transformation. As such, we strive to instill a sense of wonder and excitement in our students by nurturing their ambitions and providing guidance. Meet a few of our esteemed professors ...
"My goal is not simply to guide socially responsible students into becoming good teachers, but to inspire and motivate our alumni to become teachers for good. We live by the motto 'those that can, teach."
--Steven Fletcher, Associate Professor of Secondary Education
Dr. Sloan teachers courses on culture, curriculum, assessment and educational policy. He supervises pre-service teachers during their clinical field placements in local schools and directs the Elementary student teaching seminar.
Kris Sloan, Associate Professor of Education
"As a teacher and researcher, I work to engage and embody critical, post-structural perspectives on literacy and identity. This translates to close, ethnographic exploration of classroom curriculum with a focus on conflicts over meanings, understandings and selves."
--Liz Johnson, Associate Professor of Literacy
Student Support Services
Along with personal attention and mentorship from your professors, you'll have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support your success. We encourage you to take advantage these resources that help you thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom
In addition to hands-on learning in the classroom, students have the opportunity to customize their experience and specialties with co-curricular activities.
Students 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 the Teacher Education curriculum at St. Edward's University. 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. Read about some of our recent student-teachers who led an after school program at a local Austin elementary school.
For policies and materials for student teaching, see the Teacher Education Department page.
St. Edward's Educators Student Organization
The objective of SEE is to provide professional development for preservice teachers in the form of presentations on critical issues in education as well as opportunities to volunteer in a community school. Members will be required to participate in at least three organized events across the academic semester.
About the Teacher Education Minor
Students who are interested in earning a major outside of the School of Education, but who want to acquire marketable skills, like classroom management, lesson planning, and fundamentals of assessment, may add the 21-hour Education Studies minor. The minor offers preliminary coursework and rich internship experiences to prepare you for education-related careers.
Requirements for a Minor in Teacher Education (EC–12)
EDUC 1330 Schooling, Education and Society, 3 hrs
EDUC 2331 Learning Processes and Evaluation, 3 hrs
EDUC 2332 Educational Technology Integration, 3 hrs
EDUC 4334 Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School, 3 hrs
READ 4343 Content Area Literacy, 3 hrs
SPED 2324 Introduction to Special Education, 3 hrs
EDUC 4355 Clinical Internship, 3 hrs
TOTAL: 21 hrs
Texas Technology Standards
Pursuant to Texas Education Code 21.0452(b)(5), all students who are enrolled in the educator preparation program at St. Edward’s University must demonstrate the ability to use technology. The Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture have incorporated both the (1) TEA Technology Standards for All Teachers and (2) the ISTE Standards for Educators into the curriculum.
While elements of technology are present in all educator preparation courses taught at St. Edward’s University and which students must take in order to be eligible to teach in Texas, the program also requires that all students complete the course EDUC 2332 Integrating Education Technology as part of their curriculum. This course, as a second-year course, allows students to receive intensive, hands-on instruction in the various uses of technology in the classroom so that they may hone these skills as they continue through the education curriculum. Below are the Course Description, the Course Topics, the Student Learning Objectives, and the Essential Assignments used to demonstrate mastery of the course.
This course is designed to introduce students to the educational uses of a wide range of digital technologies. The two-fold purpose is to help students develop a critical understanding of the ways in which students in K-12 settings can engage with digital technologies to enrich their learning experience, as well as support preservice teachers in developing their own fluency with digital technologies in ways that support their work as teachers. The course will focus both on theoretical understandings of digital technologies and practical uses of specific technologies within classrooms. This will be a project driven course. Finally, students will be creating a digital portfolio that they will use throughout their time in the Teacher Education Program at St. Edward’s University.
In-class time will be workshop oriented with some time spent summarizing and updating online or out of class conversations, leaving a substantial amount of time for hands-on work in a supportive environment to experiment with and try out digital tools, platforms, and spaces for collaboration, composition and participation
This course examines computing technology, components and applications and the impact of computing in the classroom. Laboratory experiences consist of application software, which may include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, telecommunications including Internet usage, videotaping and editing, web page design, Web Quest creation, and e-portfolio creation. This course satisfies the university’s Computational Skills requirement; therefore, students must earn a grade of C or higher.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Define (educational) technology
- Critically analyze the dimensions of a multimodal digital product (i.e. one that includes audio, text and video components)
- Make and share a multimodal product
- Reflect on their own relationships to technology and identify areas for growth and development
- Construct a professional website
- Engage in a personal inquiry that connects discipline specific content, educational technology, and classroom practice.
Essential Assignments (Note: These are only a sample; individual faculty have latitude to alter as needs of the specific classes and students dictate.)
- Defining Educational Technology and Digital Literacy
- Creating Webtext
- Analyzing Web Pages
- Creating a Website
- Crafting a Blog
- Identifying Resources Online
- Presenting a Multimodal Video Project
- Incorporating Technology into Instruction
- Being a Digitally Responsible Citizen
- Establishing a Professional Identity Online