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.
Explore your options — Determine the correct order of classes to take, when to officially apply to the program, and how long it takes. Create a plan with your advisor and success coach to get started on your pathway today!
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
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.
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.
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.