We focus on developing future educators who are well prepared to teach in culturally diverse schools or to serve youth and adults in other educative experiences. The program promotes excellence and accountability in teaching and learning within a framework of democracy and social justice. Faculty strive to model lifelong learning and the courage to take risks as well as foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions with others.
Our graduates go on to touch the lives of many others through strong content knowledge and something more closely related to the St. Edward's mission of social justice. Angie Lux ('12) embodied the spirit of our program through her work as a Biology teacher at Del Valle High School. Lux noted "I love teaching science, but it’s not just about the subject. It’s about who you’re teaching and how you build relationships".
Within our program, students may choose one of two paths to becoming a professional educator. For those interested in the role of classroom teacher, our Minor in Teacher Education is the ticket. For others who may wish to work within a related field, we offer a Minor in Education Studies. Both minors include over 100 hours of internships and related field-work at public, private, and parochial schools and other education sites across the region. At the same time, our university coursework is grounded in contemporary teaching strategy that provides an example for student-centered, inquiry-driven instruction. Faculty in the program provide essential structure, feedback and guidance as students begin to make meaning and acquire skills and knowledge around the craft of teaching and learning.
Program director and full professor kris sloan began teaching at St. Edward's in 2006. As a rock star educator, he has earned the respect and trust of colleagues and students alike through his work as the Director of the Social Justice Living Learning Community, The recipient of the DeLayne Hudspeth Award for Excellence in Teaching, and as the director of multiple graduate degree programs here on the hilltop. As a former Peace corps volunteer, Dr. sloan is also passionate about the value of international study and has led multiple study-abroad trips during his tenure here.
Minor in Teacher Education
Minor in Education Studies
Minor in Bilingual Education
Minor in Special Education
St. Edward's Educators (SEE) is a student organization that provides friendship, encouragement and professional development to students pursuing education careers. This group provides St. Edward's University with a pre-professional organization for undergraduate students in education who have yet to become teachers.
Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) works with the National Association for Bilingual Education and The Texas Association for Bilingual Education to promote bilingual and bi-cultural education on campus and in the Austin community.
BESO is a nationally recognized organization that is community-service oriented and supportive of the professional growth of its members.
St. Edward's University Teacher Education Program encourages student teaching interns to discuss their concerns or complaints through informal conferences with departmental faculty. Read more here for a detailed explanation of how to do this.
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.