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BA Degree in Education

A career in education leads to a lifetime of helping others to see their potential for success. It progresses from visionary classroom instruction to possible administrative work as an educational leader, an assistant principal or principal, a curriculum specialist, and much more.classroom with students and teacher

Schreiner's exemplary teacher education program prepares its students as professional educators and includes training in the following:

    • Strategic and engaging pedagogy
    • Special education and collaboration in an inclusive classroom
    • ESL strategies and teaching for diversity in a multi-cultural classroom
    • Professional responsibilities and teacher leadership skills
    • Lesson plan and research based curriculum design
    • Literacy instruction including an 18-hour field based reading program for EC-6 Core Subjects
    • Assessment strategies and STAAR training for Texas public schools

In today’s economy, Schreiner University education students have an edge on the competition in several ways:

1)  Our program places students in the classroom early through service learning classes, and they take on the role of teacher under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
2)  Elementary education specialists receive a TEA-recommended 18 hours in reading/literacy instruction. Secondary education specialists focus on college and career readiness standards and research based strategies for creating a challenging and motivating learning environment.
3)  Schreiner students have the opportunity to graduate with a 100% Online Master of Education degree by adding just 3 semesters through our innovative Fifth Year Distinguished Educator Program.
4)  Schreiner students are encouraged and assisted in applying for supplementary certifications such as ESL, Bi-Lingual, or Special Education to add to their list of qualifications as a “highly qualified” teacher. 

Schreiner University Professions in Education offers state recommendations in the following certification areas:
• Early Childhood through 6th grade, Core Subjects
• Grades 4-8- Core Subjects, English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Mathematics and Science
• Grades 7-12- English Language Arts and Reading, History, Life Science, Chemistry, or Mathematics
• All-Level- Music and Exercise Science

Students have the opportunity to add a certification credential to their BA or BS in math, science, history, exercise science, English, art, or music through a Minor in Education, Master of Education plus Teacher Certification, or though the Master of Education 3-semester online program.

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Curriculum Guides
BA Chemistry with Teaching Certification 7-12
BA English with Teaching Certification 7-12
BA Multidisciplinary Studies English Language Arts and Reading Teaching Certification 4-8
BA Multidisciplinary Studies Core Subjects Teacher Certification 4-8
BA Multidisciplinary Studies Core Subjects Teaching Certification Early Childhood-6
BA Multidisciplinary Studies Math Teaching Cert 4-8
BA Multidisciplinary Studies Math-Science Teaching Certification 4-8
BA History with Teaching Certification 7-12
BA Mathematics with Teaching Certification 7-12
BA Music with Teaching Certification


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  • » Certification of Teachers
    It is always a good time to enter the field of education! A career in education leads to a lifetime of helping others to see their potential for success. This career field is progressive and leads to visionary classroom instruction and possible administrative work as a department or grade level leader, an assistant principal or principal, a coach or athletic director, or a curriculum specialist. The opportunities are varied and exciting.

    Schreiner University offers an exemplary teacher certification program to prepare students as 21st Century professional educators, including training in:
    • Strategic and engaging pedagogy
    • Special education and how to collaborate in an inclusive classroom
    • ESL strategies and teaching for diversity in multi-cultural classroom
    • Professional responsibilities and school community relations
    • Teacher leadership and curriculum design
    • Disciplinary literacy across the curriculum

    In a today’s economy, Schreiner University education students have an edge on the competition in several ways:

    • We place students in the classroom early in their educational training through service learning classes that provide on-site instruction with immediate application of pedagogical skills and content knowledge. These classes allow teacher candidates to take on the role of a professional educator early in the program under the guidance of a experienced mentor.   
    • Students who want to specialize in elementary education receive a TEA commended 18 hours in reading/literacy instruction and additional clinical experiences in early childhood and special education.
    • Students who specialize in secondary focus on college and career readiness standards and research-based strategies for creating a challenging and motivating learning environment designed for success in 21st century
    • All certification students receive training in the latest Smart Board technology through our Education Instructional Technology Classroom and Lab
    • All certification students receive extra preparation for success on state mandated exams through our Education Lab where they can take all certification practice tests and tutorials.
    5th Year Distinguished Educators
    Schreiner students have the unique opportunity to graduate with a master in education degree by adding just three semesters to their academic career through our innovative Learning by Heart hybrid online Master in Education Program. Students come to class only one Saturday a month and the rest is online!  Schreiner students are encouraged and assisted in applying for supplementary certifications to add to their list of qualifications as a "highly qualified" educator. Many walk away with a supplementary certification such as ESL, Bi-Lingual, or Special Education or additional content area specializations.

    How to Apply for Teacher Certification

    There are two ways to achieve teacher certification:
    1. Through the undergraduate program, students may apply for a teacher certification degree after they have completed 60 hours. We strongly recommend that students enroll in EDUC 2303 in their sophomore year and please make an appointment with an Education Advisor. Be sure to come see us on Declaration Day and declare your major!  Applications can be filed through Mrs. LaVonne Miller, certification officer, at lmiller@schreiner.edu.
    2. Through the graduate program, students who have completed their undergrad degree in any area, may apply for the Master of Education Plus Teacher Certification program. Graduate with an advanced degree and certification in just 3 semesters through our online program. Students come to class only one Saturday a month. The rest is online!  Contact Michael Stebbins in Graduate Admissions at  (830) 792-7224 or mstebbins@schreiner.edu.

    Requirements for Teacher Certification:

    • Must be approved for application to the Professions in Education  Teacher Certification Program by the Teacher Education Committee which includes three recommendations, teaching philosophy, testing requirement contract,  Code of Ethics agreement, and a formal interview with the Director of Education or Director of Field Supervision    -
    • Successful completion of 120 hour degree plan in Early Childhood through 6th, 4-8th grade, or 7-12th secondary education with an overall GPA of 2.75 and professional GPA of 3.0 in all methods courses including EDUC, RDNG, SPED, and secondary methods courses in the content field
    • Successful completion of the state TExES exam in content field and the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam
    • Successful completion of 30 outside hours of observations and additional service learning courses
    • Successful completion of the clinical teaching seminars with state required trainings and 14 weeks full day or 24 week half day internship

    For further questions or to set up an interview for Teacher Certification contact:

    Neva Cramer, Ph.D.
    Director of Education and Graduate Studies
    Schreiner University
    2100 Memorial Blvd., Alumni House
    Kerrville, TX  78028
    (830) 792-7266
    nvcramer@schreiner.edu
  • » 5th Year Distinguished Educator's Program

    Bachelor to Masters in Education Distinguished Educators Program

    are you...

    ~ Highly motivated to be a teacher?
    ~ Successful academically?
    ~ Inspired to collaborate in a student cohort?
    ~ Interested in graduating in 5 years or less with both Bachelor’s AND Master’s degrees and certified to teach?

    5 year

    The Fifth Year Distinguished Educator's Program
    offers academically qualified Schreiner University students the opportunity to start their teaching career with the distinct advantage of graduating with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, along with teacher certification, in five years or less. The Fifth Year Program students form a cohort of support which emphasizes collaboration with Education faculty and fellow students who share the same high academic and career goals.

    Graduate with an edge on the competition!
    A master of education degree qualifies you for a higher salary and future opportunities in teacher leadership, administration, or instructor positions in colleges and universities.

    The Convenience of Learning by Heart ONLINE!
    Join the Fifth Year Program and graduate with a master in education degree by adding just 3 semesters to your academic career through our innovative Schreiner University 100% Online Master of Educational Leadership.

    Program applications and information on requirements are available in the education office.

    For more information about this program, contact:
    Dr. Neva Cramer
    Director of Graduate Studies & Teacher Education
    email: NVCramer@schreiner.edu
    ph: (830) 792-7266

    The Teacher Preparation Program and Graduate Studies in Education are located in the Alumni House [campus map].
     
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  • » Principal Certification

    Online principal certification - how to become a principal

    mother and baby in front of laptop How can you compete as a professional educator in a difficult economy?   At a time when educators face rigorous competition for leadership positions in the teaching and administrative field, Schreiner University Teacher Education offers a SACSCOC approved 100% online Principal Certification Program. Be prepared to advance in education by completing your principal certification in less than one year!

    Program Details
    The Principal Certification Program consists of 15 hours of coursework plus a 3 hour internship which includes the TEA required 160 hour practicum aligned with principal standards.

    The internship will be divided into:

    Practicum I = 80 hours of standards aligned performance based activities under the guidance of a principal mentor and university field supervisor, including required 45 minute observations.

    Note: Before proceeding to Practicum II, interns must also successfully complete a practice principal exam and successfully complete the TExES state principal exam.

    Practicum II = Final 80 hours of standards aligned performance based activities under the guidance of a principal mentor and university field supervisor, including required 45 minute observations.

    Courses - 15 hours + 3 hours of Practicum

    EDUC 6301 School Law
    EDUC 6303 Human Resources, Public School Policy, and Administrative Procedures
    EDUC 6312 Educational Leadership for School Effectiveness and Learning Performance
    EDUC 6304 The Principalship Plus Practicum I and II
    EDUC 6305 Instructional Leadership

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for Principal Certification must:

    • Hold a Master of Education or other education related master’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • Have earned a 3.5 GPA or above within their master's degree
    • Hold a current and valid Texas teaching certification
    • Provide proof of all years of teaching experience (2 years minimum experience required)


    Admission Process

    • Online application with $25 application fee
      Please select “Graduate” as the type of student, and “Principal Certification” as your program/major.
    • Official transcripts from the college(s) granting your undergraduate and graduate degrees. All transfer information must be listed on the official transcripts. Certified electronic transcripts can be sent from your college to admissions@schreiner.edu or official transcripts should be mailed to:

         Schreiner University
         Office of Admission
         2100 Memorial Blvd
         Kerrville, TX 78028

    • In-person or phone interview (can be scheduled directly with Dr. Neva Cramer at NVCramer@schreiner.edu)
    • Proof of Texas Teaching Certification
    • Proof of all years of teaching experience (have your HR/Administration to email this information to gradadmissions@schreiner.edu)


    Testimonials

    "A friend and fellow alumni recommended the Master of Education program at Schreiner Lisa Gonzalez University to me and I am thrilled with the Lisa Gonzalez results! The professors are on the cutting edge of 21st century educational pedagogy. The knowledge and skills we learned in the program were relevant, meaningful, and easily applicable to my campus work as an academic dean. The hands-on collaborative work done in and out of class and the collegial relationships built during the program helped me bring back revolutionary ideas for learning, teaching and leading today’s, and most importantly, tomorrow’s classrooms. Thanks to the Schreiner program, I feel a sense of purpose and direction, but most importantly confidence in taking a leadership role in perfecting our educational system." —Lisa Gonzalez

    "I have been in education for most of my professional career. With the help of the professors at Marcus Tinajero, M.Ed. Schreiner University, working in cohort-style classes, I obtained my Master of Education Degree, as well as my principal Marcus Tinajero, M.Ed. certification.  My parents were not college-educated, but always taught their children to work to attain something better in life. Earning a master’s degree was not only important for me, but also for my family.  As a Hispanic rising in the field of education, it was essential to have the opportunity and support to achieve my goals for career success. Schreiner University not only provided the opportunity and support but also the flexibility to fulfill personal duties, such as family, church and other personal obligations. I am now pursuing a Ph.D. at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio continuing the career advancement path which Schreiner encouraged.  I cannot thank Schreiner University enough ... especially the innovative education department professors for their influence and encouragement to always pursue my goals and to never forget to lead by example in any capacity in which I may serve.  Schreiner is, indeed, “el aprendizaje del corazón, (the learning of the heart).”  —Marcus Tinajero, M.Ed.

    For details on all classes and programs, please go to www.schreiner.edu/online/master-of-education.aspx

    Schreiner University is a wired and WiFi campus, fully supporting all graduate studies programs.

    Contact:
    Schreiner University Department of Education
    ph:  830-792-7455
    NVCramer@schreiner.edu
    -or-
    Michael Stebbins
    Assistant Director of Admission
    ph:  830-792-7475
    MStebbins@schreiner.edu

  • » Apply

    Students are required to complete a formal application with the Teacher Education Office at Schreiner University. Application may be made once the prospective candidate has acquired at least 60 semester hours of college credit. See Schreiner's Academic Calendar for the deadline each semester.

    Requirements for Admission to Schreiner Teacher Education Program:

    • 60 semester hours accumulated (junior standing)
    • GPA of 2.75 overall college work
    • GPA of 2.75 in teaching field (specialization)
    • Completion of a formal interview with the Director of Education or Director of Field Experience
    • Signed degree plan on file with Registrar's Office
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Approval of application by the Teacher Education Committee
    • GPA of 3.0 in all education courses including EDUC, RDNG, SPED, and secondary methods courses in content area
    • Signed Texas Code of Ethics on file in Teacher Education
    • Documentation of passing scores on THEA with state passing scores of 220 in writing, 230 in reading, and 230 in math
    • Have a completed Application for Teacher Education, including an essay on philosophy of education and a FERPA statement, on file in the Teacher Education Office.

    For an application or additional information:
    > Application for Admission to Schreiner Teacher Education Program
    > Reference Supporting Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

    Contact:
    Michael Stebbins
    Assistant Director of Admission
    ph:  830-792-7475
    MStebbins@schreiner.edu

    > Helpful Links for Teacher Education

    Student Teaching Application Information
    After admission to Teacher Education and successful completion of certain required courses in the professional education sequence (see Curriculum), students seeking certification must apply for admission to Student Teaching. Application forms are available in the Teacher Education Office, Alumni House, Schreiner University.

    For deadline information each semester see the Academic Calendar.

    Admission Criteria for Clinical Teaching:

    • Previously admitted to Teacher Education Program
    • Apply during the spring of junior year or post-graduate standing
    • A minimum 2.75 GPA in each teaching field or specialization; a minimum 3.00 GPA in professional development (EDUC, RDNG, and SPED ) courses; and a minimum cumulative 2.75 for all college work
    • Satisfactory completion and documentation of 50 or 60 hours of service learning  experience including 30 hours of outside field based experience
    • Recommendations from current course professors and advisor
    • Continued evidence of personal and professional qualities necessary for success as a classroom teacher
    • Successful completion of the state TExES content exam
    • Completed background check and  fingerprinting process
    Contact:
    Michael Stebbins
    Assistant Director of Admission
    ph:  830-792-7475
    MStebbins@schreiner.edu

    -or-
    Neva V. Cramer, Ph.D.
    Director of Teacher Education
    ph:  (830) 792-7266
    email:  nvcramer@schreiner.edu

    APPLICATION FOR CLINICAL TEACHING

    REFERENCE FOR CLINICAL TEACHING
  • » Accreditation and Performance
    • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    • Texas Education Agency (TEA)
    • State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)
  • » Professional Education Conference

    Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 Conference:  November 17, 2017

    Online Registration will be available here at a later date.

  • » Program Performance and Hiring Trends

    Master of Education

    Texas Workforce Commission
    http://www.twc.state.tx.us/files/twc/annual-report-on-texas-growth-occupations-2014-twc.pdf
    Please refer to Section E on the Education Industry for information on hiring trends and salaries for teachers. Please note that the Texas Hill Country is one of the fastest growing populations in the state. It is a good time to become a professional educator or administrator!

    Schreiner University Teacher Education Program Performance:
    2014-2015 Accountability System for Educator Preparation Annual Report
    Accreditation Status: Accredited
    Percent Program Completers Passing Certification Examinations: 100%  Statewide Average: 96%
    Quality of Field Supervision: greater than 95%  Statewide Average: 85%
    Candidates Overall GPA: 3.47   Statewide Average: 3.19
    Average Incoming Class GPA 3.47    Statewide Average: 3.20
    Pass Rate - All Candidates, All Tests: 70%  Statewide Average: 57%
    Pass Rates Over the Last 5 Years-  90% or above

  • » Complaint Policy & Procedure

EDUCATION FACULTY
 
Dr. Deborah Addison

Addison, Dr. Deborah
Adjunct Professor of EducationOffice:  Alumni House 115
(830) 895-7103 |   daddison@schreiner.edu

   
Dr. Karen Backor Backor, Dr. Karen   bio
Director of Field Experience
Office: Alumni House 108
(830) 792-7379 | ktbackor@schreiner.edu
   
Dr. Joan Bowman Bowman, Dr. Joan   bio
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: Alumni House 117
(830) 895-7103 |  jbowman@schreiner.edu
   
Dr. Neva Cramer Cramer, Dr. Neva    bio
Associate Professor of Education
Director of Teacher Education
Office: Alumni House 116
(830) 792-7266 | nvcramer@schreiner.edu
   
faculty Hinojosa, Dr. Heberto
Graduate Professor of Education
Office: Alumni House 110
(830) 792-7445
   
Dr. Dianne Kyle Kyle, Dr. Dianne   bio
Graduate Professor of Education
Office: Alumni House 110
(830) 792-7445  |  dvkyle@schreiner.edu
   
Lynn Paulo Paulo, Lynn
Adjunct Instructor of Education
Office: Alumni House 110
(830) 792-7445 | lmpaulosmith@schreiner.edu
   
Denise Smith Smith, Denise
Adjunct Instructor of Education
Office: Alumni House 110
(830) 792-7445  |  dmsmith@schreiner.edu
   
faculty Upton, Susie
Adjunct Instructor of Education
Office: Alumni House 115
(830) 792-7377
   
Staff  
LaVonne Miller Miller, LaVonne   bio
Certification Officer
Education Department
Office: Alumni House 102
(830) 792-7455  | lmiller@schreiner.edu
   
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