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Providing Pathways for Non-Traditional Students 

At SFA, we recognize that barriers like geographic distance, employment schedules and family obligations can prevent students from coming to campus or attending scheduled classes. It is our goal to provide a way to overcome these challenges and earn a degree in your chosen field. 

SFA has a strong tradition of excellence and a dedication to making higher education more accessible. We’re proud to offer you a distance education option to complete your undergraduate or graduate degree. The Department of Education Studies offers The Lumberjack Link-Ed Distance Education Program for completion of the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in three concentration areas, seven graduate degrees and two certification programs. 

Our distance education programs are designed to provide real-world experiences teaching children in diverse classroom environments. You will receive pedagogical and content area instruction from a highly qualified, interdisciplinary faculty throughout your preparation. During your final semesters, you’ll spend an increasing number of hours in the field engaged in authentic classroom settings as you hone your skills and learn from mentor teachers.

Lumberjack Link-Ed Distance Education Program

The Department of Education Studies offers a unique distance education pathway for qualifying, non-traditional students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in one of three specific concentration areas without attending courses on the SFA main campus. 

The Lumberjack Link-Ed program is designed for non-traditional students who: 

  • are 24 years of age or older
  • or have family responsibilities and financial constraints that prohibit them from attending classes on SFA's main campus
  • or did not receive a standard high school diploma but earned a certificate of completion or GED
  • or delayed enrollment in postsecondary education by a year or more after high school or attended part-time during that year
  • or are employed full time (40 hours/week).

*Documentation may be requested to determine eligibility. 

Apply for SFA through Apply Texas. Indicate that you are interested in applying for the BSIS EC-6 Online Link-Ed Program. An advisor will be assigned to you and will be able to send additional information about applying for the Lumberjack Link-Ed program.

Please note that acceptance to SFA through Apply Texas does not secure admission into the Lumberjack Link-Ed program. You will need to submit a separate application for the program. Information about this application process will be sent to you once you have been accepted to SFASU.

Graduate programs and requirements 

The Department of Education Studies offers several graduate degrees in an online format for students interested in advanced degrees. For more specific information on graduate course offerings and admission standards, please contact the Department of Education Studies at 936.468.2904.


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Nacogdoches, Texas 75962