The Teacher Education major prepares you to be a caring, moral educator and to teach in culturally diverse schools.

The Teacher Education major results in the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students from this major are qualified and prepared to sit for the Teacher Certification Exam administered by the State of Texas.

The school promotes excellence and accountability in teaching and learning within a framework of democracy and social justice. Faculty in the School of Human Development and Education strive to model lifelong learning and the courage to take risks and creative thinking in professional interactions. 

Approved by the State Board for Educator Certification, the school offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher certification at four levels (EC–12, EC–6, 4–8 and 7–12) with certifications in 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. 

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)

A middle and high school teaching certification allows you to teach grades 4 through 8. High and middle 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. Special Education

This specialization will prepare you to guide exceptional students toward positive learning outcomes and increased independence. From beneficial behavioral management to proven teaching methods for struggling learners, you'll discover special education best practices that help children succeed in school and daily life. 

  • Advocate for students who may be challenged by autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, mental disabilities or sensory impairments 
  • Enable student success in today’s inclusive, general education classrooms
  • Collaborate effectively with general educators, parents, social workers and therapists
  • Gain expertise in instructional and behavioral resources
  • Use the latest classroom technology such as assistive devices and interactive software
  • Study the practical implications of federal IDEA laws promoting inclusion

Students who are major outside of the School of Human Development and Education may add on a 24-hour Teacher Education minor that qualifies them to sit for the Teacher Certificaiton Exam administered by the State of Texas. See "About the Minor" below.

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 ...

Steven Fletcher

"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

Learn more about these services.

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.

Service Learning 

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.

Student Teaching

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.  

Alumni Outcomes

Teacher Education is a versatile major, so alumni go on to teach at a variety of levels and in a variety of locations. 

  • Special Education major Emma Lampson ‘16, who is starting her second year teaching Life Skills at Barbara Cockrell Elementary in Pearland ISD. Lampson won First-Year Teacher of the Year last year.
  • Teacher Education major McKenna Dunn ‘16, who is teaching dual-language third grade at Kent Elementary near Seattle.
  • Special Education major Caroline Brown ‘17, who is teaching special education at Dawson Elementary near the St. Edward’s campus.
  • Teacher Education major Jessica Dunn ‘17, who is teaching English at Crockett High School in Austin.
  • Special Education major Lauren Crow ‘16, who is the SCORES teacher at Small Middle School in Austin. She works with 6th- through 8th-grade students with high-functioning autism, developing their executive functioning and social skills.
  • Special Education major Amber West ‘16, who is starting her second year as the 7th-grade English Language Arts resource and inclusion teacher at Fulmore Middle School in Austin.
  • Art/Teacher Education major Diana Martinez ‘17, who is the art educator at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, a single-sex public school for grades 6­–12 in Austin.
  • Special Education major Melissa Wilde ‘15, who is working as a special education teacher for 6th- through 12th- graders with mild to moderate disabilities at the American International School of Bucharest. This job follows Wilde’s position as a special education teaching intern in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Caitlin Laughlin ’17, Special Education major, English Teaching Assistantship, India

Alumni spotlight:

Biology and Science Education major Amy Ontai ’17 has been accepted into the Microbiology track of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program at Yale University. She will begin her graduate studies with a one-year tuition waiver ($45,000) and a one-year living stipend ($35,150), with the possibility of renewal for five years. At St. Edward’s, Ontai has been a McNair scholar who conducted research with assistant professor of Biology Teresa Bilinski on soil microbial ecology at Wild Basin. Ontai has presented her McNair research at multiple national conferences, including an oral presentation at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida. This semester she is completing her student teaching for her education degree in secondary science. She also created an entertaining science web series, called “Fly Sci with Miss Ontai,” designed for middle-school students (for example, her 10-minute video about DNA includes several costume changes and an original song and rap about chromosomes). The project was chosen to receive a New American Colleges and Universities Award in Student Excellence, an honor that comes with a $1,000 cash award and recognition at the NAC&U Summer Institute at Valparaiso University in June.

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 24-hour Teacher Education minor. The minor offers an Early Childhood – 6th grade Education specialization or a 7th grade – 12th grade Education specialization. 

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 3333 Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management, 3 hrs
EDUC 4334 Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School, 3 hrs
READ 3349 Literacy and Assessment for Diverse Populations, 3 hrs
READ 4343 Content Area Literacy, 3 hrs
SPED 2324 Introduction to Special Education, 3 hrs
EDUC/LING/SPED/READ* Elective, 3 hrs
TOTAL: 24-27 hrs
*EDUC/LING/SPED/READ Elective is only required for Early
Childhood-12 Spanish majors.

Student Teaching Internship (EC–12)
EDUC 4359 Student Teaching Seminar, 3 hrs
EDUC 4361 Student Teaching Internship, 3 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.

 Course Description

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

Course Topics

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

From Teacher Education Minor to Fly Sci with Ms. Ontai (and Yale)

From Teacher Education Minor to Fly Sci with Ms. Ontai (and Yale)

Give Amy Ontai ’17 the length of a sitcom and she’ll rap, play an original song on the ukulele, nail a British accent — and easily explain genetic sequencing and the structure of DNA. Those are among the talents she brought to Fly Sci with Amy Ontai, a show she created last year for her senior thesis. A Biology major and Education minor, Ontai learned to captivate the attention of young children while helping them learn science. Read more about Ontai's journey from St. Edward's to Yale.