The Education Department at St. Mary’s University is committed to preparing teachers for the important role they play in our society’s future. Our elementary, secondary, and all-level teacher certification programs integrate rigorous academic training and supervised field experience with a well-rounded education, thus providing our students with tools they need to be effective educators.
The enrichment and vitality of our society in the years to come will depend on future generations, and one of the most important factors that will ensure their success is their quality of education.
St. Mary’s understands this and equips young teachers with the training and resources they need to make a difference. The faculty of the Education program work diligently to prepare young, strong-minded classroom leaders of the highest caliber. Their knowledge and expertise makes this program a model of teacher preparedness.
Texas Teacher Certification Options
St. Mary’s is a TEA-approved Educator Preparation Program. You can choose from the following certification options:
Clinical teaching, formerly known as “student-teaching,” is the capstone experience of the Educator Preparation Program. It is a semester-long opportunity to practice teaching skills under the supervision of a supervising (cooperating) teacher and a university supervisor.
Teacher candidates are placed in a classroom for a minimum of 14 weeks, five days a week, where they gradually assume the duties and responsibilities of a classroom teacher. The clinical-teaching semester is a unique opportunity to develop and strengthen teaching skills and dispositions and become familiar with the professional responsibilities of the teacher.
St. Mary’s University’s Education Department incorporates state-approved standards into its curricula and provides a quality preparation program whereby aspiring teachers, specialists, and administrators can attain State of Texas certification. The department functions as a community of faith, and faculty and students are held to high standards of scholarship, service and professionalism.