Stephen F. Austin State University

Education Studies

Welcome to the Department of Education Studies


The Department of Education Studies will be a leader in preparing professionals to have a positive impact on advocacy, teaching, and learning in a diverse and evolving world.


The Department of Education Studies prepares professionals to become reflective and informed practitioners, social justice advocates, and transformational leaders in their professional fields and in the larger society. To that end, we demonstrate and foster in one another creativity, critical insight, empathy, intellectual courage, and civic engagement, everlasting grounds for lifelong inquiry, and the foundations for democratic citizenship.


Integrity -We follow moral and ethical principles in all aspects of life, including professional areas at work such as decision making, interacting honestly with colleagues and serving students and the community in general.

Diversity and inclusion -We honor, respect and affirm difference. We thrive in democratic engagement, and perform based on the quality and strength of our inclusive social connections, openness to learning from and with others, and the depth of the decision-making mindset that it generates.

Reflective Informed Practice -We critically reflect on our actions, creatively engage in a process of life-long continuous learning, and are committed to collaborative pedagogical relationships based in sound theory, consistent praxis, and academic excellence in benefit of our students.

Equity and Social Justice -We believe that each person should have equal access to wellbeing, health, education, wealth, opportunity, and justice. We believe that resources should be distributed equitably. We nurture empathy and a spirit of service in our students, equip them with critical frames of understanding and prepare them to become agents of social change.

Democratic Citizenship- We believe that, as a community of learners, faculty, students and staff have an active investment in true voice expression and active participation in decision making.

Graduate course offerings are designed to prepare early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school and special education teachers for a variety of positions. Undergraduate preparation is extended and enriched through courses that provide the opportunity to review current research in relevant fields, to conduct research in appropriate areas, to develop activities and curriculum materials, and to study emerging trends in early childhood development; elementary, middle and high school education; and special education.

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 online EC-6, 4-8 and special education completer programs for undergraduates to meet the needs of this special population. This program is offered for TEXAS residents only.

Many of our graduate and certification preparation programs are now fully online.

Areas of Study

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

BSIS Experiential Major Matrix Brochure



Bachelor of Science in Deaf and Hard of Hearing

DHH Experiential Major Matrix Brochure



Certification preparation

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Education in Elementary Education


Master of Education in Secondary Education


Master of Education in Special Education


Certification Preparation

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning


Secondary Education
Note: The Department of Education Studies offers secondary or EC-12 certification preparation through general coursework and a secondary education minor. Students may obtain certification through coursework if their major does not accept the secondary education minor.


Certification Preparation

Supplemental Certification Preparation

Education Studies at SFA