Top University for Teacher Education - Austin, TX

Jan 02, 2019

Students interested in studying to become teachers in Austin, TX have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

In Texas, students must complete a bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program before being eligible to take the licensure exam for teacher certification. There are six schools with teacher's education programs located within 25 miles of Austin. The following schools are the top three of the six based on the tuition, rankings and variety of teacher's education programs offered.

  • Winner: The University of Texas-Austin is number one as it has the largest variety of degree programs and the highest graduation rate of the three schools. U.S News & World Report also ranked the graduate education program at the University of Texas-Austin 4th in the nation. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in teacher's education.
  • Runner Up #1: St. Edward's University earns second place because of its low tuition and student services. Teacher education is one of the school's most popular programs and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13: 1. St. Edward's University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in teacher education.
  • Runner Up #2: Huston-Tillotson University comes in third as it offers alternative teaching certification for individuals with bachelor's degrees, and it has lower tuition and smaller class sizes than the University of Texas-Austin. HTU offered its first master's degree in educational leadership in 2014. Students here can choose from bachelor's or master's degrees in teacher's education or educational leadership.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Texas - Austin St. Edward's University Huston-Tillotson University
Rankings (2013) Named 13th best public national university*
Ranked 46th among national universities*
Graduate education program ranked #4 nationwide*
Named 17th best regional university (West)* Voted 256th best national liberal arts college by high school counselors*
Location Austin, TX Austin, TX Austin, TX
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $9,790 (undergraduate, in-state)
$33,128 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$10,918 (graduate, in-state)
$20,790 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$31,110 (undergraduate)
$19,144 (graduate)**
$13,054 (undergraduate)**
Education Degrees and Certificates Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postgraduate certificate Bachelor's and master's degrees; postgraduate certificate Bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate
Education Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 323 (does not include bachelor's degrees or certificates)** 78** 24**
Most Popular Teacher Education Program (2011-2012) Master's Degree in General Special Education and Teaching (47 awarded); does not include bachelor's or certificate programs** Bachelor's Degree in Teacher Education and Professional Development (35 awarded)** Certificate in Multiple Level Teacher Education (11 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 81%** 68%** 20%**

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Texas - Austin

  • Elementary teacher education program ranked 15th nationally in 2013 by USNWR
  • Secondary teacher education program ranked 13th in the country in 2013 by USNWR
  • Special education program ranked #4 nationwide in 2013 by USNWR
  • Education program belongs to the Association of Colleges and Schools of Education
  • 364 of 375 education program graduates passed the teacher certification exam in 2011-2012, according to USNWR

The University of Texas has several undergraduate teacher education programs resulting in bachelor's degrees. The special education program prepares students to teach children of all ages with various types of disabilities. Those who plan to take the teaching certificate exam gain experience as student teachers working with disabled students. The early childhood education program is for those who plan to seek a teaching certificate for elementary school, and there are also options for those who plan to teach bilingual education or ESL at the elementary level. The Urban Teachers program prepares students to teach low-income children with diverse backgrounds. Graduates of the program receive a certificate in secondary education in either English or social studies. The school also has programs for those who already hold bachelor's degrees and only wish to obtain teaching certificates. Most of the graduate programs can be completed at either the master's or doctoral level. The graduate degrees include early childhood education, secondary education, bilingual education, cultural studies, and ESL or foreign languages.

Runner-Up #1: Saint Edward's University

  • 90% of students received financial aid in 2010-2011, according to NCES
  • Certificate programs are endorsed by the Texas Education Agency
  • All education programs prepare students to become certified as teachers
  • Teacher education programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

St. Edward's University is a Roman Catholic school that offers teacher certificate programs for undergraduates and for those who already hold bachelor's degrees. Undergraduates can choose certificate programs for teaching English or ESL to elementary school students. Another elementary school option is teaching Spanish for bilingual classrooms. Those who plan to teach middle schools can obtain certificates in English, math, or social studies. The subject options for teaching high school include English, science, history, and math. There are certificate options that apply to all grade levels, including art, special education, Spanish, physical education, and theater. The master's degree in teaching program can be taken by those who are already teaching and those who do not yet have teaching credentials.

Runner-Up #2: Huston-Tillotson University

  • Almost all graduates of the alternative teacher certificate program pass the state exam
  • The alternative teacher certificate program is accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification

Huston-Tillotson University is a small Methodist school with an undergraduate teacher preparation program that gives students the required training to obtain teaching certificates. Students in the program gain experience through student teaching and are given training beyond the requirements of the teaching certificate. Graduates of the program receive a bachelor's degree in education or in a content area. Courses for the teacher preparation program must be taken in addition to the degree courses. Those who already hold bachelor's degrees can go through the alternative teacher certification program. Certificate programs can be completed for the elementary or middle school levels. Other certificate options are specific content areas, special education, music, or physical education. Additional certificates can be obtained for bilingual education, special education, or ESL.

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