The Department of Education and Psychology at Southwestern Adventist University prepares teachers for elementary and secondary teaching positions in both public and faith-based school settings. Teaching opportunities are vast and there are varied locations and areas of study to fit a wide range of teaching interests.


Certified teachers may choose rural or urban settings, faith-based or public campuses, and small or large student populations. As a teacher, they may work with students ranging from early learners to older students preparing for college. Teaching can provide a meaningful and rewarding career.


B.S. Elementary Education
A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is designed for individuals seeking to teach students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Certification options vary for the State of Texas and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Teaching options include self-contained classroom, departmentalized programs and single subject are concentrations.

Additional information regarding a Seventh-day Adventist credential may be found at Adventist Education.

After obtaining an initial certification for the State of Texas, educators may apply for additional certification exams.


As an elementary educator, you have the unique opportunity to mentor young minds and provide them a strong academic foundation in basic subjects that will prepare them for advanced schooling.


  • Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach


Projected employment growth of K-12 Teachers between 2018-2028

Educational Qualifications & Certifications

If you are planning to teach, you must:
•    Academic Foundations coursework
•    Professional and teaching methods courses including a minimum of 45 hours of field experience and 14 weeks of student teaching.


Certification Options:
•    State of Texas Certification: Pass three required state tests (Core Subjects, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities/edTPA, and the Science of Teaching Reading (see the undergraduate bulletin for more details).
•    North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Teaching certification: Complete all the coursework as stated in the North American Division (NAD) certification handbook.

Students may earn both the State of Texas and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist certifications simultaneously.

Professional Development  
Item #TitleCredits
EDUC 234Introduction to the Teaching Profession3
EDUC 312Educational Psychology3
EDUC 326Excaptional Children3
EDUC 385Philosophy of Education3
EDUC 418Legal Foundations of Education3
EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment3
EDUC 436 Classroom Managment3
 EDUC 475 or EDUC 4853
EDUC 496TExES Prep #20
PSYC 220Human Growth and Development3
 Sub-Total Credits33


Secondary Education Certification  
Item #TitleCredits
EDUC 322Adolescent Psychology3
EDUC 450Teaching in the Secondary School3


Elementary Education: Early Childhood - Grade 6  
Item #TitleCredits
Arts 223Arts/Crafts/Drama3
EDUC 275Multicultural Perspective3
EDUC 310Second Language Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 364Kindergarten Materials and Methods3
EDUC 375Children's Literature and the Teaching of Reading3
EDUC 382Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School3
EDUC 386Mathematics in the Elementary School3
EDUC 414Science and Health in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 419Social Studies in the Elementary School3
EDUC 424Language Arts Essential Skills in the Elementary School3
EDUC 460Differentiated Instruction for the Elementary Classroom3
EDUC 495TExES Prep #10
KINT 244Physical Education in the Elementary School3
MUED 253Music in the School3
 Sub-Total Credits39




Career & Job Outlook

Our graduates seeking Texas State certification have a pass rate of 100% on the state required exams. Every single graduate seeking a teaching position in a Seventh-day Adventist school or a Texas public school receive an offer for employment within a year of graduation. 

Some of our graduates pursue a master’s degree or move into other positions such as:
•    Bilingual Educators
•    Curriculum Directors
•    Diagnosticians
•    Lead Teachers
•    Principals
•    Special Education Specialists
•    Speech Therapists
•    Superintendents


Job Outlook
•    Bilingual, mathematics, and science teachers are in particular demand, as are education majors who are licensed to teach in more than one subject.
•    Job prospects tend to be higher in urban and rural school districts.

Faculty Profiles

Cheryl The, Ph.D.

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Michael England, EdD

Education & Psychology

Heather Archer Wilson, ME.D

Education & Psychology
Assistant Professor

Michelle Quiej, BS

Education & Psychology
Administrative Assistant