The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree that prepares students to teach at the elementary and secondary levels: early childhood through grade six, grades four through eight (middle school) and grades seven through 12 (high school). All of the courses in the program of study are based on the Texas standards for beginning teachers. Undergraduate students pursuing an approved academic major in Dedman College, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering or Meadows School of the Arts – or the applied physiology and sport management major with a concentration in sport performance leadership in the Simmons School – may also pursue a major in educational studies from the Simmons School. Music education students complete the Education Preparation Program requirements within the Simmons School. Students cannot graduate with only the Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree; they must complete both the Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and another degree major.
Each student in the degree program has an education adviser who directs his/her program of study. The education adviser is committed to mentoring and supporting student learning. Students are expected to maintain high levels of performance and to develop habits of reflection as they acquire knowledge and skills of practice.
The program of study is comprised of courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning as well as courses in other departments. The total number of credit hours required will vary depending upon the grade level or the teaching field and educator certification requirements.