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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 fulfill their potential for success in life and career. 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:

  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 and Art
Riley Jones-Trinity Award for Excellence in Teaching

Riley Jones graduated from Schreiner in 2018 with her BA in Education. She was named Schreiner’s student teacher of the year in May 2018. During her first year of teaching Riley completed Schreiner’s Masters in Education program and graduated in May of 2019 with her MEd. She has been teaching 8th grade Algebra at Legacy Middle School at East Central ISD in San Antonio, Texas since graduating in 2018. Over the three years she has been teaching, Riley was able to impact many at risk youth and make a difference in a Title 1 school. Riley Jones was named the East Central ISD District Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year. She then went on to be awarded the Trinity Award for Excellence in Teaching. Riley loves to share her passion as an educator and impact students in many ways far beyond her classroom. She continues to find new and innovative ways of teaching and is a trailblazer in education. 

Master of Education

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

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Requirements for the Teacher Education Program

Requirements for Admission to Schreiner Teacher Education Program:

  • 60 semester hours accumulated (junior standing)
  • GPA 2.75 Accumulative
  • GPA 2.75 in Certification Field
  • GPA of 3.0 in all education courses including EDUC, RDNG, SPED, and secondary methods courses in content area
  • Completion of a formal interview with the Director of Education
  • Signed degree plan on file with Registrar’s Office
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Approval of application by the Teacher Education Committee
  • Signed Texas Code of Ethics on file in Teacher Education
  • Have a completed Application for Teacher Education, including an essay on philosophy of education and a FERPA statement and TExES Eligibility Form on file in the Teacher Education Office.
    For an application or additional information:

Degree Plans in Teacher Education Multidisciplinary Studies or in Major with Teacher Certification

State Required Training and TAC Compliance

The Schreiner University Teacher Education Program adheres to all Texas Education Agency requirements for teacher certification and all Texas Administrative Codes for Educator Preparation Program (EPP) curriculum, coursework , and training.

Texas Administrative Code

Schreiner University Educator Preparation Training Includes the most up to date , relevant , creative approaches to curriculum and pedagogy for a diverse student population and global society!

Training includes preparing future professional educators in:

Teaching with Poverty in Mind using the work of Eric Jensen
Trauma Informed Pedagogy
Teaching and Learning through the Arts
Training in Mental Health First Aid, Awareness, and intervention for helping students with dyslexia succeed in school, and diversity and equity in education.
Instructional technology and Digital Literacy are also included in many courses and include training in the International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Universal Design which enhances learning by:

  • representing information in multiple formats and media.
  • providing multiple pathways for students’ action and expression.
  • providing multiple ways to engage students’ interest and motivation.

Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) Technology Curriculum

TEA Complaint Policy

Schreiner University EPP Performance Review – 5 years with a PPR 100% Pass Rate and 90% job placement rate!

Teaching License Reciprocity Guidelines by State

Texas Workforce Commission – Search for Teaching jobs in Texas and compare wages

Look for a Teaching Position in Texas – TASA Career Center

Meet Your Professors!

Dr. Neva Cramer
Dr. Neva Cramer

Dr. Neva Cramer Director of Education and Graduate Studies in Education – research and publications in learning through the arts, trauma informed pedagogy, creating engaging learning environments, and supporting literacy through the visual and communicative arts.

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist, and 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

Dr. Joan Bowman
Dr. Joan Bowman

Dr. Joan Bowman Associate Professor in Education and Coordinator of the Principal as Instructional Leader Program. – research and presentations in instructional technology and innovative online learning. Dr. Bowman uses her prior experience in public school administrative leadership to train and prepare future educational leaders.

Dr. Chanelle Maynard
Dr. Chanelle Maynard

Dr. Chanelle Maynard Assistant Professor in Education – Dr. Chanelle Maynard’s research is in technology integration in literacy, and elements of reading and writing instruction with a focus on STR. She has worked as an instructional coach, reading specialist, and an elementary and middle school teacher. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Education specializing in reading and SPED education courses.

Dr. Doug Monk
Dr. Doug Monk

Dr. Doug Monk Assistant Professor in Education- research and presentations in principal preparation. Dr. Monk teaches and supervises pre-service teachers and prepares principal candidates for the state certification exams. As a former teacher and administrator in Texas public schools, he ensures the success of our future professional educators and leaders.

Liliana Lovisa
Liliana Lovisa

Liliana Lovisa, Teacher Certification Officer for Profession in Education.

Director of Education

Cramer, Neva

Neva Cramer
Professor of Professions in Education
Academic Affairs

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

Certification Officer

Lovisa, Liliana

Liliana Lovisa
Administrative Coordinator / Teacher Certification Officer
Academic Affairs

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