With expertise in education and psychology, our program provides a unique benefit for those who will soon be aiding and leading the students of tomorrow. Southwestern is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist school that offers a combined degree in education and psychology. You’ll not only learn in the classroom but by watching those who do it every day, and by doing it yourself, you’ll build trust in your students and confidence in your own skills.
More than 90% of our first-year teachers pass the state required exam for certification, that has reciprocity with 46 other states. All of our graduates who want to teach, get a job offer, whether in the Adventist or Public school systems across the country. Many also go on to become lead teachers, principals, superintendents, diagnosticians, speech pathologists, special education directors, technology directors, and curriculum directors.
K–12 teaching jobs are expected to grow by 12 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mathematics, science and bilingual education teachers are in particular demand, as are education majors who are licensed to teach in more than one subject. Job prospects also tend to be higher in urban and rural school districts.
Depending on the area of the country, you can expect a salary range of $35,000–$50,000 as a first-year teacher.
Students planning to teach in public schools must pass the tests required by the State of Texas for certification (see the undergraduate bulletin for more details). Students must also complete all the requirements in order to receive NAD certification to teach in Seventh-day Adventist schools. A master’s degree is required for administrative positions in education and our department offers a number of these programs (see graduate bulletin). Students planning to teach at tertiary level in education programs must possess one area of expertise, and a doctorate degree is preferred.
In addition to the University’s General Education requirements, all elementary and secondary majors take a Professional Development component of 36 hours. Secondary education majors take this along with their major and minor, while elementary take an additional 39 credits in teaching methods.