Stephen F. Austin State University

RELLIS Academic Alliance Partnership

Coming Fall 2021

SFA has partnered with the RELLIS Academic Alliance to offer a face-to-face completer program for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies' early childhood through grade 6 concentration on-site in Bryan.

This partnership, beginning in fall 2021, will help students from Blinn College District and other institutions seamlessly transition into the SFA program.

Taken at Blinn College District or Other Institutions

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum includes 42 hours in communication, mathematics, life and physical sciences, language/philosophy/culture, creative arts, American history, government/political science, and social and behavioral sciences.

Preprofessional Teacher Education

Preprofessional teacher education courses provide the foundational skills and knowledge in areas of social and environmental foundations and special education.

Taken at RELLIS Campus

Interdisciplinary Academic Major

The interdisciplinary major includes courses in early childhood as well as courses designed to develop teaching techniques in reading, math, science, art, music, and health and physical activities.

Field Experience I

Field Experience I (typically completed in the second semester of a student's junior year) gives future teachers the opportunity to work directly with students in a classroom setting, focusing on literacy skills and social studies while taking additional courses in education (eight hours a week). Includes edTPA preparation.

Field Experience II

Field Experience II (typically completed in the first semester of a student's senior year) gives future teachers experience teaching science and mathematics to children in a classroom setting while taking additional courses in education (12 hours a week). Includes edTPA preparation.

Clinical Teaching

Clinical teaching (completed in a student's final semester) provides extensive and full-time experience in a classroom setting. Requires edTPA completion and submission.


SFA has a rolling admission application deadline, although we recommend admission applications and documents be provided before Aug. 1 for a fall start.

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Students seeking to enroll in the BSIS completer program may apply for SFA's Community College Transfer scholarship. This funding opportunity offers students transferring from a community college $1,000 per year if the student's GPA is 3.0 to 3.49, or $2,000 per year if the student's GPA is above 3.50. To be eligible, students must have at least 45 transferable hours.

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About the RELLIS Academic Alliance

With the addition of the education program, the RELLIS Academic Alliance offers 26 unique academic options from 10 Texas A&M System regional universities and Stephen F. Austin State University. Program options include degrees in a variety of fields, including technology and engineering, business and industry, natural and human sciences and public service. For more information about the RELLIS Academic Alliance, visit

About the RELLIS Campus

Founded in 2016 by The Texas A&M University System, the RELLIS campus in Bryan, Texas, fosters cutting-edge research, technology development, workforce training and two- and four-year college degrees by tapping the System's state agencies and multiple universities, along with academic, corporate and government partners outside the System.


SFA Department of Education Studies
Dr. Brandon Fox, Chair
Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, Room 209C
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13017, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

Dalton Jones, Freshman Admissions

DaNeetra Walker, Transfer Admissions