Texas Teacher Certification
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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Teacher Certification

    Elementary Education at St. Mary’s

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    To prepare students to teach at the elementary level (Early Childhood to 6th grade), St. Mary’s University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary English Language Arts and Reading (IENR) degree.

    Throughout this program, students will complete the St. Mary’s Core curriculum as well as courses in Education, areas of specialization in English Language Arts and Reading, and a combination of subjects.

    The Education Department hosts the site Education Foundry. Students and faculty contribute to academic conversations and post research questions and academic research, which helps students create lesson plans for their tutoring sessions. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, TExES examinations, and state requirements, the candidate will be eligible to apply for Texas teacher certification through our Educator Preparation Program.

    • Degree Plan

      The Interdisciplinary English Language Arts and Reading program has a strong focus on reading instruction and several of its courses incorporate a field experience component where students go to area public and Catholic schools to tutor students and conduct book clubs. Those wishing to teach elementary school can pursue:

    • Education Courses

      Students take a variety of courses, including the St. Mary’s Core and the College-specific core curriculum.

      Course highlights include:

      • Children’s Literature
      • The American Elementary School
      • Teaching Diverse Populations
      • Student Teaching

      See the catalog for full details:

    Outside the Classroom

    St. Mary’s offers a wide variety of events, clubs and activities so students can gather in community with those who share similar interests. There are also many special programs to choose from, such as:

    All Teaching Options

    All of the following programs offer a Texas teacher certification option, for those looking to teach other subjects or grade levels:

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    Learn more about the Elementary Education Program

    Interested in pursuing a degree in Elementary Education? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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