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A chance to shape the future

The opportunity to shape the lives of our future generation through education is a career that matches no other.

Think about the impact your teachers had on you while you were growing up. Year after year, they guided you and helped form the individual you’ve become. Odds are, they influenced your decision and ability to seek higher education here at SFA. You can help students in the same way by becoming a teacher and/or coach.

SFA was founded as a teachers’ college in 1923. A century later, our legacy of offering cutting-edge research and learning opportunities to help develop highly effective and caring educators endures. Today, we pride ourselves on preparing candidates to meet the teaching demands of a culturally diverse society in the 21st century. Our graduates are highly sought out from administrators in school districts, and many go on to receive “Teacher of the Year” and other recognition for their excellence in teaching.

What kinds of jobs can I get with a degree in education?

Our undergraduate degrees prepare students to teach targeted populations: early childhood through sixth grade, fourth through eighth grade, seventh through 12th grade and special education.

Our graduate degrees can help students develop into curriculum specialists and instructional coaches. Some focus on teachers as researchers, scholar-practitioners and educational leaders to prepare students to become leaders in their schools and districts.

Many of these degrees are offered online to help nontraditional students transition to new careers while meeting family and work commitments.

What are my job prospects?

Texas employs the second highest number of elementary, middle and high school teachers and special education teachers in the country. It employs the most kindergarten teachers in the U.S.

Nationwide, you’ll also find plenty of job opportunities as a school teacher, at all levels. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and special education teachers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028. High school teacher employment is expected to grow 4 percent. Employment of curriculum specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028.


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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13017, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962