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.

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Major Roadmaps

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

EC-6 Certification Guide

English & Language Arts 4-8 Certification Guide

Math 4-8 Certification Guide

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

Important Update

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.

For more information, contact either Dr. David Hollier or Dr. Glenda Ballard in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

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 
Matthew Benoit

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.