Professions in Education – Degrees with Teacher Certification

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5th year Distinguish Educators

Finish with a Bachelor’s undergraduate degree with Teacher Certification plus leave with a Masters in Education Leadership that is 100% on-line.


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

Schreiner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates as well as associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Schreiner University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

VOTE FALL ADMIT FOR PIL, MED TC August 10, 2022 ADMISSION PAPERWORK DUE Aug. 8th with required interview and test results
October 12, 2022 ADMISSION UG PAPERWORK DUE Sept. 29 EDUC 2303- requires interview
VOTE SPRING ADMIT PIL, MED TC January 12, 2023 ADMISSION PAPERWORK DUE Jan. 9th with interview and test results
VOTE SUMMER ADMIT FOR MED TC May 22, 2023 ADMISSION PAPERWORK DUE May 18, 2023 with test results and interview

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:

You can be confident that your degree at Schreiner University is recognized, as SAGU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

In accordance with 19 TAC §228.35(a)(5)(A), military service members or military veterans may be given credit for certain verified military service, training, or education toward the training, education, work experience or related requirements (other than certification examinations) for educator certification requirements, provided that the military service, train, or education is directly related to the certificate being sought. Contact the education department for additional information.

Effective September 1, 2015, the TEA waives certain fees for eligible military service members, military veterans, and military spouses. For more information, please see the TEA website at:

Information regarding Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans may be found in the Texas Administrative Code 234 at:$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=19&pt=7&ch=234&rl=1

In accordance with 19 TAC §228.35(a)(5)(B), those who are not military service member or military veterans may be able to substitute prior or ongoing service, training or education, provided that the experience, education or training is not also counted as pare to the internship, clinical teaching, or practicum requirements, and the aforementioned was provided by an approved EPP or an accredited institution of higher education within the last five years, and is directly related to the certificate being sought.

Prior to clinical teaching and field-based experiences, students will undergo school district criminal history checks. The state of Texas also requires a criminal background check before an individual can receive a Texas teacher certification. Information regarding requirements for certification may be found on the TEA website at:

Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 227.101c) states that a person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a State Board of Educator Certification-approved educator preparation program or planning to take a certification examination may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person’s potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense. For more information about the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, go to the link:

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!

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

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. 

Texas Workforce Commission – Report on Texas Growth Occupations 2021

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!

See the current Report on Texas Growth Occupations from the Texas Workforce Commission Section E – PDF

According to Current Employment Statistics data, which pertains only to private employers in this category, the industry showed a 16.4 percent increase in demand for educational workers over the five years ending August 2021. Employment in Educational Services peaked in February 2020 prior to COVID-19 and measures taken to slow its spread, followed by a combined two-month loss of 26,800. As of August 2021, Educational Services has reached 102.9 percent of its February 2020 employment. Over the last two years Educational Services gained 10,600 positions, representing 104.9 percent of August 2019 employment.

Looking for a Teaching Position? Go to Texas Educator Job Sites for Listings in Your Area! – Learn More

PPR Scores from 2017-2022:







Content Exam Scores from 2018-2022:






Clinical Teaching Field Supervision:

Quality – 2022 satisfaction to 89%

Completion -2022 – 100%

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

Neva Cramer
Professor of Education/Director of Teacher Graduate Education
Professions in Education

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

Liliana Lovisa
Administrative Coordinator / Teacher Certification Officer
Academic Affairs

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