Stephen F. Austin State University

Teacher Education 4-8

Undergraduate Programs

The program leading to the elementary teacher's certificate requires early academic advising. Students seeking elementary teacher certification should follow the program guidelines that have been developed by the department.

The Department of Elementary Education offers academic advising each day throughout the year-including summers. Visit SFA for a tour of the campus and schedule an academic advising appointment after your tour. Please contact the department for the academic advising schedule.

Middle-Level Teacher Certification

Grades four-eight*

*ESL and bilingual may be added to these certificate plans.

Overlap Program

The elementary education department offers a Senior Overlap Program for qualified undergraduate students. The Overlap Program permits qualified undergraduates to pursue a limited amount of graduate study (usually 12 credit hours or less) concurrently with undergraduate study. Overlap courses count only for graduate credit and will apply to a 36-hour Master's Degree in education. The Department of Elementary Education offers two supplemental certificates: English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education that may be completed in the Overlap Program or at the graduate level. Please contact the department for the Senior Overlap Program guidelines.

Graduate Programs

Master of Education

The Elementary Education department offers four 36-hour Master of Education Degree Programs: Standard Elementary, Standard Elementary with Content Emphasis, Reading Specialist and Early Childhood Specialist. Undergraduate students admitted to the Senior Overlap Program may begin work on the M.Ed. as they complete their undergraduate programs. Some to most of our M.Ed. programs are completely Web-based allowing students to begin an M.Ed. program while at SFASU and to continue their program after they leave the campus.

Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification (PBIC) Program

The Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification (PBIC ) Program at SFA is approved by the State Board of Educator Certification as an acceptable alternative route to certification under the federal law "No Child Left Behind." The PBIC program is designed for individuals holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university who are seeking teacher certification. The Elementary Education PBIC Program is a Web-based program leading to EC-6 or fourth-eighth grade certification. Contact the department for details about the PBIC program.

For more information, contact the Department of Elementary Education at or 936.468.2904.