MAJOR – Education Professions
Students presently pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Schreiner University may also pursue teacher certification in the education field. 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.
Preparation for certification to teach in the public schools of Texas is offered through majors in Biology (life science), Chemistry, English (language arts), History and Mathematics for grades 7-12; in English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Mathematics/Science and Core Subjects for grades 4-8; Core Subjects in grades EC-6 and in Communication Design, Exercise Science and Music for all-level.
In today’s economy, Schreiner University education students have an edge on the competition in several ways:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Texas Workforce Commission – Report on Texas Growth Occupations 2018
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
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. – John Steinbeck
- B.S., Secondary Education
Southwest Texas University
- Speech/Drama and English
Louisiana State University, 1977
- M.A. in Reading, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Louisiana State University, 1994
- Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
Louisiana State University, 2003
- Elmore Whitehearst Award for Creative Teaching 2013
- Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity 2015
Presentations and Publications (Most Recent)
- The Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12M. Hougen, Ed. 2015
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc. Part II Chapter 13
Supporting Literacy and Learning through the Visual and Communicative Arts
- Transforming Learning in the 21st Century College Classroom through the Arts
The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 2, January 2015, pp.15-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 20, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.127KB).
- Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook, Volume 2, Building Momentum, August 2014 Chapter 6: Supporting Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts: Building Momentum in Literacy for 21st Century Digital Learners
- The Learner Conference: The Learner 21st International Conference On Learning. June 14, 2014 New York. Presentation: New Literacies for 21st Century Learners: Making Text Come Alive for Today’s Visual Learners
- Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference October 27, 2014 Houston, Texas. Session Presentation: Transforming Classroom Learning Through the Arts
- CSOTTE Annual Conference Oct 19-21- Austin, Texas. Session Presentation: Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Transform the Traditional Classroom through the Visual and Communicative Arts
- Texas Association for Literacy Educators Annual Conference: Inspiring and Transforming Literacy February 21st , 2015. The Woodlands. Texas. Presentation: Art and Literacy: Linking Literacy and the Visual Arts
Dr. Cramer teaches in the MEd and Med plus Teacher Certification program. She is dedicated to helping prepare future professional educators. Dr. Cramer specializes in teaching and learning through the arts. With a background in the performing arts, Dr. Neva has combined her interests and studies to promote literacy through local, regional, and statewide school seminars and workshops, through presentations for the International Literacy Association, the National Council Of Teacher Educators, Texas Association of Literacy Educators, Texas ASCD, National Association of Supervision and Curriculum, CSOTTE, The College Board, and other organizations. She spent five years at Louisiana State University as an instructor for teacher training classes and university supervisor of student teachers. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional educator in the areas of theatre, speech, secondary English, reading and language arts. She is currently an associate professor and the Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education at Schreiner University