The School of Education promotes academic excellence as it prepares caring, moral, and professional educators and kinesiology professionals to teach and work in a wide range of culturally diverse learning environments. The School of Education upholds this academic excellence within a framework of democracy, social justice, and accountability. Faculty in the School of Education strive to model lifelong—and lifewide—learning and to foster critical and creative thinking in professional interactions with each other, students and the larger educational community.
The school offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher certification at several levels (EC-6, EC-12, 4-8, and 8-12) with certifications in Art, Bilingual Generalist, Chemistry, English Language Arts and Reading, Generalist, History, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, Spanish, Special Education and Theater Arts with supplemental certifications in Bilingual Education and English as a second language. Non-certification majors in athletic training, kinesiology, and pre-physical therapy are also offered. In fall 2006, a Master of Arts in Teaching program was added. Programs within the School of Education are endorsed by the Texas Education Agency for each certification and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The School of Education coordinates a number of educational outreach programs in the greater Austin educational community, including Teacher Pipeline, a bilingual teacher preparation pipeline; Jumpstart, an outreach program to high school students; and the Teaching Scholars Program, a high school mentoring program for mathematics and science majors.