About the program

Student smiling before commencement ceremony.At St. Mary’s University, we have long been committed to preparing teachers for the important role they play in our society’s future. Our elementary and secondary teacher certification programs integrate rigorous academic training and supervised field experience with a well-rounded education, providing our students with the tools they need to be effective educators.

More importantly, the programs attempt to instill in our students an appreciation for the enjoyment and fulfillment derived from the teaching profession. This requires that St. Mary’s teacher certification candidates be committed to a profession wherein they can make a difference in the lives of young people. If you share this passion and commitment, we invite you to consider becoming a part of our educational community.

St. Mary’s offers programs in teacher education which have as their primary objective the preparation of quality teachers. St. Mary’s University’s Educator Preparation Program has received the rating of “accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation. This rating is issued by the State Board for Educator Certification under the authority of Section 21.045, Texas Education Code.

The United States Department of Education (Title II of the Higher Education Act) Educator Preparation Program Texas State Report can be obtained at

Students preparing to teach in elementary schools will pursue a B.A. in Interdisciplinary English Language Arts and Reading. Successful completion of this program will lead to Early Childhood-Grade 6 certification. Students seeking certification in Grades 4-8 or Grades 8-12 should major in the appropriate academic major.

Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with teacher certification in one of the following programs:

Teaching Certificate Levels

Early Childhood — Grade 6
Major Certificate
Interdisciplinary English Language Arts and Reading EC-6 Generalist
Grades (4-8) (6-12) (7-12) (8-12)
Major Certificate
English Language Arts and Reading English Language Arts and Reading (4-8) (7-12)
History History (7-12)
Mathematics Mathematics (4-8) (7-12)
Biology Life Science (7-12); Science (4-8)
Political Science (with coursework in related fields-History/Economics/Sociology) Social Studies (4-8) (7-12)
Chemistry Physical Science (6-12)
Chemistry Chemistry (7-12)
Communication Studies Speech (7-12)
Early Childhood — Grade 12 (All-level)
Major Certificate
Exercise and Sport Science Physical Education EC-12
Music – Instrumental or Vocal Music EC-12
Spanish Spanish EC-12
Art Education Art EC-12
Courses and Degree Plans

View the Undergraduate Catalog for Program Requirements and Degree Plans that Include Teacher Certification

Student teaching

Student teaching for undergraduates is conducted during the last semester. The St. Mary’s Education Department works with the central offices, building principals, and classroom teachers in public and private schools in Bexar County to provide a comprehensive 13-week student-teaching experience. Working with the central office, the University Certification Officer requests the highest qualified certified professionals to work as supervising teachers.

The student teacher assumes full responsibility for the classroom early in the student-teaching experience. The supervising teacher mentors the student teacher throughout the program but allows him/her to lead the planning delivery, and assessment of instruction, according to the process established during the orientation. At the conclusion of the experience, the student teacher evaluates the placement and the supervising teacher’s role as mentor.

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