The Department is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). This national accreditation publicly recognizes that the Department produces graduates who are “competent, caring, and qualified professional educators”. To ensure that students meet these standards and earn a baccalaureate degree, they take coursework in (1) liberal arts general education, (2) the content area(s) in which they plan to teach, and (3) educational pedagogy which includes extensive field experiences in public and private schools. The students’ capstone experience is one semester of student teaching.

Education programs

Bachelor's Degrees leading to Teacher Certification

  • Elementary Education Teaching Fields (Multidisciplinary Studies Major)
    • Generalist, EC-6 (B.S.)
  • Middle School Teaching Fields (Multidisciplinary Studies Major)
    • English Language Arts & Reading, Grades 4-8 (B.S.)
    • Math & Science, Grades 4-8 (B.S.)
    • Math, Grades 4-8 (B.S.)
    • Science, Grades 4-8 (B.S.)
    • Social Studies, Grades 4-8 (B.S.)
  • Secondary Education Teaching Fields
    • Biology Major, 7-12 Life Science Specialization (B.S.)
    • English Language Arts Major, 7-12 English Language Arts & Reading Specialization (B.S.)
    • History Major, 7-12 History Specialization (B.S.)
    • Mathematics Major, 7-12 Mathematics Specialization (B.S.)
    • Social Studies Major, 7-12 Social Studies Specialization (B.S.)
  • All Level Teaching Fields
    • Kinesiology Major, EC-12 Physical Education Specialization (B.S.)
    • Music Education (B.M.)
      • With emphasis in instrumental or vocal
    • Spanish Education Major, EC-12 LOTE: Spanish Specialization (B.S.)

Related Programs

View the Course Catalog for degree requirements and courses offered.

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Why TLU?
The curriculum at TLU challenges students to make connections among content, theory and practice as they construct a knowledge base; become confident of their individual teaching styles through field-based action research; and reflect on and explore contemporary educational principles and practices. Field-based courses and a minimum of 90 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching provide a strong practical element to our program.
Education Faculty
James Newberry
Professor of Kinesiology, Department Chair of Kinesiology and of Education

Anna Bergstrom
Certification Officer and Instructor
Anna Bergstrom, Certification Officer, Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program and TLU Faculty Instructor in Education and Chemistry; bachelor of arts in biology/chemistry, the University of Texas; master of science in gifted and talented education/supervision, Texas A & M International University. Her areas of specialization include instructional technology, math education and science education with a special interest in the role of laboratory instruction in chemistry.
For 11 years she taught math, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics in junior high and high schools. She is a member of several professional societies and has presented papers at national, regional and state meetings.

Adam Akerson
Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program and Assistant Professor
Adam Akerson holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and marketing from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2003, the native Iowan began working as an elementary teacher in Northside Independent School District in San Antonio. As a second and third grade team leader and teacher working with children and families from diverse backgrounds, he developed a passion for and commitment to education and student success. While working on his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston, he learned the value of research and informed decision making. During the past two years as an assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, he worked with teacher candidates in a variety of roles including instructor, early childhood graduate coordinator, field experience supervisor and advisor. Akerson is excited to be joining the TLU family and the education department.

Leroy Davis
Assistant Professor
Leroy Davis, Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experience/Student Teacher Supervisor; bachelor of science in secondary speech and English Education, Jackson State University (Mississippi); master of education, Bowling Green State University (Ohio); doctorate (Ed.D.), The University of Texas at Austin in educational administration. His areas of specialization are secondary/elementary school administration, secondary curriculum development, and school restructuring.
Dr. Davis taught high school English and speech in Ohio and middle school language arts in Texas. He has also been an assistant principal at several high schools and middle schools, a principal at the high school, middle school, and elementary levels in Texas and Illinois, and a central office administrator in Texas. He has led restructuring of two high schools, a middle school, and an elementary school. He is a member of several professional, social, and civic organizations. He also presented workshops at state and national conferences.

Donna Kubena
Visiting Lecturer