Teacher Education is a valued program of study at University of the Incarnate Word because it so directly addresses the mission to which UIW is committed. 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 and humanity in significant, positive ways. UIW offers teaching certification preparation at the undergraduate and graduate levels .Programs leading to degrees with certification are State Board for Educator Certification approved and are designed to prepare students for initial certification and teaching.
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 candiate will be eligible to apply for state certification.
NOTE: Students seeking certification from the University of the Incarnate Word’s Teacher Preparation Program will be subject to any additional or new requirements, which may be set forth by legislative mandates or by the State Board for Educator Certification.
The Teacher Education program is a field-based program that provides intensive, realistic, and high quality experiences in settings where students can match theory and practice, observe effective teaching practices, encounter diversity, and explore and develop their teaching in close interaction with university faculty.
At present, the University of the Incarnate Word offers certification in the following areas and at the following levels.
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
IDS is an EC-6 teaching program resulting in certification for early childhood through sixth grade. A student following this course of study will take the general education core, the Interdisciplinary Studies major, specialization coursework in reading and special education, pre-professional courses, and the professional development sequence.
A secondary teaching program resulting in certification for seventh through twelfth grades is available. A student following this course of study will major in a teaching field and minor in education (including the professional development sequence). Secondary education minors are also eligible to complete the optional special education and/or reading minor.
Secondary Teaching Fields Offered: English Language Arts/Reading, History, Life Science, Mathematics, and Physical Science. Candidates major in their discipline and minor in education.
The all-level education teaching program prepares candidates for early childhood through twelfth grade certication. A student following this course of study will major in a teaching filed and minor in education (including the professional development sequence). All-Level education minors are also eligible to complete the optional special education and/or reading minor.
All-Level Teaching Fields Offered: Art, Music, Spanish, Theater, and Physical Education. Candidates major in their discipline and minor in education.