The Teaching, Learning and Culture program adheres to high standards of academic excellence as it prepares caring, moral educators.

We focus on developing future educators who are well prepared to teach in culturally diverse schools or to serve youth and adults in other educative experiences. The program promotes excellence and accountability in teaching and learning within a framework of democracy and social justice. Faculty strive to model lifelong learning and the courage to take risks as well as foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions with others. 

Save The Teachers

Our graduates go on to touch the lives of many others through strong content knowledge and something more closely related to the St. Edward's mission of social justice. Angie Lux ('12) embodied the spirit of our program through her work as a Biology teacher at Del Valle High School. Lux noted "I love teaching science, but it’s not just about the subject. It’s about who you’re teaching and how you build relationships".  

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Within our program, students may choose one of two paths to becoming a professional educator. For those interested in the role of classroom teacher, our Minor in Teacher Education is the ticket. For others who may wish to work within a related field, we offer a Minor in Education Studies. Both minors include over 100 hours of internships and related field-work at public, private, and parochial schools and other education sites across the region. At the same time, our university coursework is grounded in contemporary teaching strategy that provides an example for student-centered, inquiry-driven instruction. Faculty in the program provide essential structure, feedback and guidance as students begin to make meaning and acquire skills and knowledge around the craft of teaching and learning.  

Rockstar Professors

Program director and full professor kris sloan began teaching at St. Edward's in 2006.  As a rock star educator, he has earned the respect and trust of colleagues and students alike through his work as the Director of the Social Justice Living Learning Community,  The recipient of the DeLayne Hudspeth Award for Excellence in Teaching, and as the director of multiple graduate degree programs here on the hilltop. As a former Peace corps volunteer, Dr. sloan is also passionate about the value of international study and has led multiple study-abroad trips during his tenure here. 



Majors and Minors

Major in Interdisciplinary studies with EC-6 Teacher Certification - CLICK HERE

As of 2020, this Major has been retired and is no longer offered by our program. Current students who are already enrolled will continue to be supported with needed coursework until graduation. 

Minor in Teacher Education with 7-12 Teacher Certification - CLICK HERE

This degree pathway is designed for students who intend to teach Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, History, or English at the secondary level in a middle or high school classroom in Texas.

Minor in Teacher Education with EC-12 Teacher Certification - CLICK HERE

This degree pathway is designed for students who intend to teach Art, Physical Education, Spanish, or Theatre Arts in a classroom in Texas. The certificate covers Early Childhood through 12th grade classroom instruction.

Minor in Education Studies - CLICK HERE

This degree pathway is designed for students with an interest in education settings outside the K-12 classroom.

Scholarship Opportunities

NEW! 2021-2022 Noyce Teacher Scholarship for Science and Math Majors

This $1.2M federal grant is designed to encourage science and math majors to begin their careers after college as public school teachers. Students may receive up to $40,000 in an academic scholarship if they agree to add a Minor in Teacher Education and teach for up to four years after graduation. Dr. Steven Fletcher directs this grant.


  • Science or Math Majors with 45 hours of credit
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Willingness to teach for up to 4 years in a high needs LEA after graduation.

Application deadlines for 2021-2022

Priority Fall deadline - September 15, 2021 with rolling acceptance until Dec 1 for Spring 2022 awards.  Spring 2022 priority deadline: April 15 with rolling acceptance until May 1 for Fall 2022 awards. 

See the Noyce program website for more details or contact Dr. Fletcher directly at for application information. 

Austin ISD Future Teacher Scholarships

The AISD Future Teacher Scholarship Program helps to support students who are certifying in areas of critical shortage in Texas: STEM, Bilingual Education, Special Education, and Languages Other Than English. There is no obligation to teach either in Austin ISD or in the State of Texas. However, students who accept the funding and do not complete the program may be required to repay the funds. The awards are for Undergraduates in their final 4 semesters and can total up to $5000.00 in financial aid.


  • Science and Mathematics majors seeking 4-8 or 7-12 certification, Spanish majors seeking EC-12 certification, and EC-6 students with Bilingual Minors who are in the last 4 semesters of the program and are registered full time
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA (calculated with in-residence courses only)
  • Non-citizens and citizens are both eligible

Please contact Dr. kris sloan at for more information about application procedure  and deadlines. 

Student Organizations 

St. Edward's Educators (SEE) is a student organization that provides friendship, encouragement and professional development to students pursuing education careers. This group provides St. Edward's University with a pre-professional organization for undergraduate students in education who have yet to become teachers.

Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) works with the National Association for Bilingual Education and The Texas Association for Bilingual Education to promote bilingual and bi-cultural education on campus and in the Austin community.  BESO is a nationally recognized organization that is community-service oriented and supportive of the professional growth of its members. 

From St. Edward's to Yale

Amy Ontai completed her Honors degree in Biology with 7-12 teacher certification in 2017 and was offered an opportunity to attend Yale University for a graduate degree in Microbiology. Amy focused her undergraduate honors thesis at St. Edward's with Dr. Steven Fletcher on how to effectively communicate science concepts to young adults. She created a series of videos called "Get fly with Ms. Ontai" to showcase her ideas. Read more about her transition to graduate school here and check out one of her fun videos on physics concepts by clicking on the image. 

Faculty and Staff

Dr kris sloan

kris sloan - program director and professor of education.

Dr. Sloan teaches courses on culture, global development, ethics, curriculum, assessment and educational policy. He has worked as a curriculum designer and has taught in the United States and abroad. He is the author of the book "Holding Schools Accountable: A Handbook for Educators and Parents," numerous journal articles and book chapters on the ways curriculum policies influence the classroom practices of teachers and learning experiences of children, in particular children of color.

Steven Fletcher

steve fletcher - secondary educator and associate professor of secondary education. 

Dr. Fletcher taught middle and high school life science before completing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at UT Austin in 2006. His passion for understanding the workings of the natural world, keen interest in communities of practice, and firm commitment to social justice serve him well at St. Edward's University, where he has taught both education and science courses. Dr. Fletcher has also been active in pursuing external funding opportunities, from private foundations and the National Science Foundation. He has served as the principal investigator for two NSF Noyce Scholarship grants from 2008-2018 and continues to be active in teacher education research and service.