Teacher Education is a valued program of study at the University of the Incarnate Word because it so directly addresses the mission to which the University is committed. The emphasis of the program incorporates a broad liberal arts education as a foundation for the more in-depth focus on academic teaching specializations and the body of knowledge associated with the teaching/learning process. The program prepares individuals for a profession in which they can affect society in significant, positive ways.
The Teacher Education program at University of the Incarnate Word is a field-based program that provides intensive, realistic, and high quality experiences in settings where preservice teachers can match theory and practice, observe effective teaching practices, encounter diversity, and explore and develop their teaching in close interaction with university faculty. The University of the Incarnate Word offers programs approved by the State Board for Educator Certification and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and UIW is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
|At the undergraduate level, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree prepares students for elementary (EC-6) teaching.
Secondary certification (grades 7-12) and all-level certification (early childhood-12th
grade) candidates major in their intended teaching field and minor in education.
At the graduate level, candidates enter the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program with an established teaching field and further their preparation within the graduate program.Upon successful completion of all program requirements, applicable TExES examinations, and state requirements, the candidate will be eligible to apply for state certification.
All students who plan to follow a program leading to initial teaching certification must formally apply, and be admitted, to the Teacher Certification Program before enrolling in professional development coursework. Students may apply for admission during announced application periods each semester. Students must be admitted to the respective UIW degree program prior to application to the Teacher Certification Program.