Teaching is a profession that is both personally and professionally rewarding.  Imagine the sheer joy of opening up the vast world of knowledge to your students.  Join SWAU students who have maintained a 100% pass rate for Texas State Licensure.


A degree in Education helps prepare you for jobs as a:

  • Administrator*
  • K-12 Teacher*
  • ESL Teacher
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Curriculum Specialist**
  • Diagnostician**
  • Interventionist**
  • Literacy Leader**
  • School Counselor**
  • School Librarian**

    *Texas Public Schools and/or Seventh-day Adventist Schools | **Requires a Masters Degree


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Elementary Education (B.S.)
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: EC - 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


Alternative Certification Program

The Alternative Certification Program is designed for individuals who are in possession of an undergraduate degree and their degree is not in the field of education, but they want to enter the teaching profession. It is our goal to prepare individuals for State Certification in the State of Texas by means of online/campus and field-based delivery systems that would allow you to successfully complete the required certification in 12-18 months.

The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) establishes the teacher certification standards and grants the certification once students have passed the necessary certification tests as stipulated by said body, ACP prepares and recommends students for certification when they have completed all requirements as stipulated by the Teacher Education Department at SWAU. Instruction will be given by full time professors in the Department of Education & Psychology who have terminal degrees and work experience in their field of expertise.

SWAU is the only university located in Johnson County, and our Alternative Certification Program (ACP) seeks to assist the needs of individuals in the North Texas area and further way wishing to prepare for a career in teaching. By equipping individuals with the appropriate knowledge and skills to be competent classroom teachers, SWAU can assist in filling a need for state certified educators in this State.

Ongoing Support:
Once students have been approved to begin their clinical teaching or have received a teaching position, they will be assigned a field supervisor from the Education Department who will work with them for the entire clinical teaching or first teaching year pending on the candidate circumstances.  A discussion board will be operational on Canvas the online delivery program where students can talk with professors who will be part of this program, and get perspectives from others and experts in the field of education. The mentoring teacher will also provide the intern with feedback on a daily basis, and the field supervisor will meet with the mentoring teacher and student intern to conduct a midpoint evaluation, and a summative evaluation at the conclusion of the internship.

Teachers will also have access to preparation materials and test questions on Canvas and receive immediate feedback once they have completed the summative assessment for the area of certification. They can also attend the review session that are offered once a week on campus for 2 hours  for the entire semester, where competencies are studied and students get to interact and support each other under the guidance of a professor.

Certification Areas:

  • Core Subject EC-6  
  • All Level Areas Music Education (EC-12)
  • Physical Education (EC-12)  
  • ALL CERT courses (2-3)  
  • CERT 475 (4-6)  
  • Secondary Areas
  • Option 1 English Language Art and Reading 7–12  (2-3) credits
  • Option 2 Mathematics 7–12 (2-3) credits
  • Option 3 Social Studies 7–12 (2-3) credits
  • Option 4 Life Science 7–12 (2-3) credits