You’ve dreamed of changing students’ lives as a teacher. Develop the skills and experience you’ll need by earning a Minor in Teacher Education, Education Studies, Special Education or Bilingual Education.
Choose a subject area for teacher certification to teach at the middle or high school level (Grades 7-12) or work for All-Level Certification (Early Childhood through Grade 12) for subject areas like Art, P.E, Spanish, or Theater Arts. Those seeking the middle or high school pathway have the option of being certified in the following areas: Chemistry, English Language Arts and Reading, History, Life Science, Mathematics, or Physics/Mathematics and will major in chosen content and add the minor in Teacher Education.
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?
Our graduates go on to win district and school accolades, run their departments, move to specialty positions in district, and successfully teach in a variety of settings in Texas and beyond. Here’s a sample.
- Principal at Akins High School in Austin.
- High-school English teacher in the Austin Independent School District
- Art educator at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin
- Department chair of Algebra 1 at Skyline High School in the Dallas area
- Education program instructor at Walt Disney World
- Mathematics curriculum writer for major textbook company
- AVID coordinator and success coach at Travis High School
- Eco-Wellness Teacher at Austin Discovery School in Austin
As of Fall 2020, Teacher Education will no longer accept new majors or 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 is committed to providing needed coursework for current students in the EC-6 or 4-8 pipeline to graduation.
New students interested in teaching as a discipline can add a minor in Teacher Education or Special Education.
How do our graduates perform?
Graduates from our program also shine once in the classroom.
- 16 recent teacher education graduates earned the Teacher of Promise Award at their school site and were chosen out of all new teachers for their early leadership and growth as professionals
- 10 outstanding graduates won the coveted Teacher of the Year Award at their school, selected from all faculty across the school site as the most dedicated and excellent teacher
- 3 exemplary teacher education graduates have been honored with the penultimate District-wide Teacher of the Year Award, chosen from among all teachers in an entire school district
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.
1. Middle and High School Certification (7–12)
The 7-12 teaching certification prepares you to teach at the Middle School (7-8) or High School Level (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."
2. 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.
3. Education Studies
A Minor in Education Studies provides you with the tools needed to teach in alternative settings to a standard classroom, or work in an education-related field. You'll complete authentic internships, study learning theories, explore the uses of innovative technologies and practice new skills in the field.
Faculty and Student Support
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
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.
In the majority of our courses, students are asked to complete five to twenty 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 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 upper division field-based 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 will 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.
A. Special Education.
Students who are interested in working in the field of Special Education outside of the formal classroom may add the Minor in Special Education to their degree plan. This 18-hour minor gives you the tools needed to work with those with special needs. If you wish to become a Special Education teacher in the public school setting, the pathway starts with first gaining teacher certification in a major area, and then adding the SPED minor.
B. Bilingual Education
Students interested in a career in some education - related field outside of the classroom setting may add a Minor in Bilingual Education to their degree plans. If you plan to teach internationally, or just seek more knowledge and skills in multilingual settings, than this is a great choice. If interested in a EC-12 teaching position as a bilingual school teacher, students would major in Spanish and add the Minor in Teacher Education / EC-12 Spanish certification and the Minor in Bilingual Education to their degree plans.
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
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.