Stephen F. Austin State University

Online Completer Programs

EC-6 Core Subject Education Online Completer Program

The Department of Education Studies is pleased to be offering a program for a special group of students who seek the early childhood through sixth-grade certification for teaching and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

We know that there are many dedicated students who are unable to pursue traditional campus-based, college careers. Therefore, even though we highly recommend face-to-face courses and think these courses best serve most students, we are pleased to offer an online program to meet the needs of this special population. This program is offered for Texas residents only.

This special group of students includes the following:

After completing at least 45 hours that transfer toward the EC-6 degree plan at a community college or university, you may apply for admission to this program. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible. Candidates in this program may transfer as many as 66 hours from a community college. Hours from a university may also be accepted. Once admitted to this program, the remaining courses will be offered online from SFA. The number of spaces in this program is limited.

To support students who must work full time, all coursework will be delivered online. However, there is a mandatory two-day campus visit each semester in which you are enrolled in online classes. These campus visits are scheduled during the first few weeks of each semester. During these visits, you will meet with professors, log clinical hours in our SFA Charter School and Early Childhood Lab and complete testing requirements. There are also observations and field experience requirements that must be completed in a public school setting each semester. As an online student, these field experiences may be completed at a school in your area. SFA provides introductory letters and information about assignments, but you will be responsible for contacting and making arrangements with the local school. The fifth semester is the clinical teaching (student teaching) semester. Clinical teaching is an intensive 15-week field placement in which you will be expected to work in a public school classroom during the regular school day.

Candidates may take as many as 12 hours per semester or as few as three hours per semester. Online courses are currently offered during the fall and spring semesters only. During the summer, you may take needed courses from your community college or university.

The application for admission further explains the requirements.

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Program Courses Delivered Online and Sequence

Degree Map/Plan

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4-8 Middle Level Education Online Completer Program

The Middle Level Grades Online Completer Program provides nontraditional students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtain certification to teach students in fourth through eighth grade.

Potential students must apply and be accepted. These students must be:

Additionally, students must have:

  1. Self-discipline and technological skills
  2. GPA of 2.5 in approved 45 hours of specified courses
  3. Prior or current experiences with children and access to a middle level classroom for field experience

Applicants must agree to:

Steps for Admission to the Program and University

  1. Contact Dr. Michelle Williams,, to ensure that you are eligible to apply.
  2. Apply for admission to Stephen F. Austin State University.
  3. Apply for financial aid if needed.
  4. Be advised by the coordinator of this program, Dr. Michelle Williams,
  5. Meet the criteria for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Michelle Williams
Early Childhood Research Center, Room 209AA

P.O. Box 13017-SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Phone: 936.468.1597
Fax: 936.468.1701

Special Education Online Completer Program

The special education online completer program allows paraprofessionals (instructional aides) working in Texas public schools and other qualified individuals who have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges to seamlessly transfer to SFA and complete online a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS), with a concentration in special education ,and EC-12 special education teacher certification preparation. Paraprofessionals can earn a Texas teaching certificate while remaining in the schools and classrooms where they work, with the addition of one semester of full-time student teaching.

Degree Map/Plan