San Antonio Teacher Certification Program Overviews

San Antonio, Texas, has 5 schools that offer teacher certification programs. Learn about the certification options, admission information and program requirements for 3 of these schools, all within 20 miles of downtown, to make an informed education decision.

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Teacher Certification Programs in San Antonio

Individuals who want to complete teacher certification programs in the San Antonio area have several options at the bachelor's and post-baccalaureate levels. This article looks at 3 schools within 25 minutes of the downtown area and at the programs they offer. Pertinent facts about these institutions, such as total enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate, are listed in a table. At the end of the article is some information about a few other San Antonio-area schools with teacher certification programs.

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) offers prospective students several different teacher certification programs, including a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a post-baccalaureate certification program. This school is about 15 miles from downtown.
  • Just 2 miles from downtown, San Antonio College (SAC) provides students with the opportunity to enroll in 2 associate's degree programs that include teacher certification preparation at various grade levels and in special education.
  • St. Philip's College offers the same 2 associate's degree programs as SAC. St. Philip's is only 3 miles from the heart of San Antonio.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table highlights information about these schools that prospective students should consider.

University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio College St. Philip's College
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 28,628* 21,280* 10,514*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $7,447 in-state;
$17,169 out-of-state*
$2,088 in-district;
$5,550 in-state;
$10,740 out-of-state*
$2,088 in-district;
$5,550 in-state;
$10,740 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 78%* 64%* 77%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 76%* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 64% full-time;
38% part-time*
54% full-time;
41% part-time*
49% full-time;
37% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 31% (35% transfer-out rate) (began 2008)* 11% (18% transfer-out rate) (began 2011)* 10% (11% transfer-out rate) (began 2011)*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA's College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) offers several teacher certification programs for students at differing levels of preparation. Freshmen and transfer students can enroll in bachelor's degree and teacher certification programs concurrently. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree may apply to one of the college's 17 post-baccalaureate certification programs. As of April 2016, UTSA's graduate degree programs with initial teacher certification are under revision and not accepting applications until further notice.

UTSA offers a total of 12 teacher certification programs for students concurrently enrolled in specific bachelor's degree programs. Most of these programs are designed for teaching children in junior high or below, and they require a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies; students may also pursue special certification and degree programs in health, kinesiology, music and art. Those planning to earn a high school teacher certification in a specific field of study must enroll in the college's secondary certification program.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification Concentration

This concurrent degree and certification program includes 7 program specializations that are divided into 4 concentrations, including the early childhood to grade 6 (EC-6) generalist; grades 4-8 language arts/reading/social studies; grades 4-8 math/science; and the early childhood to grade 12 (EC-12) special education certification. Each program requires students to complete several core, support, certification and professional courses in addition to the university's required general education courses. The credit and course requirements vary per program. Students are expected to work with the COEHD Advising and Certification Center in designing and completing their specific program of study.

In addition to the general application requirements of UTSA, aspiring teacher certification students must submit a separate application after watching an online tutorial and taking a quiz. Prospective students must also attain junior-level standing, have minimum GPAs of 2.5 or higher, submit to a background check and sign a code of ethics form.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

UTSA offers 17 different certification programs for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree, including EC-6 generalist, ESL generalist, EC-12 special education and a variety of field-specific programs; bilingual programs are also available. Each program has unique coursework requirements. All prospective students must attend a free information meeting before applying to the program. In addition, they must submit PACT and THEA exam scores and provide proof of at least a 2.5 GPA/C grade in previous public speaking and critical thinking courses.

San Antonio College

SAC offers 2 associate's degree programs with teacher certification for the state of Texas. Students may choose to specialize in teaching high school and general EC-12 students or special education students at all grade levels. Both programs are designed to prepare students to work as teachers, school administrators and counselors and are also fully transferable to public universities in Texas.

Associate of Arts in Teaching: Texas Teacher Certification 8-12, Other EC-12

Students in this 60-credit degree program are trained to work with high school age children, as well as to work as generalist teachers for all grade levels. Core courses include communication, mathematics, history, social science and the behavioral sciences. Courses specifically related to the teaching profession explore school/classroom culture and diversity in student populations while also providing opportunities for classroom observation. Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED.

Associate of Arts in Teaching: Texas Teacher Certification EC-6, 4-8, EC-12 Special Education

This program prepares students to work with special needs children in all grade levels. It requires 60 total credit hours and the same set of core courses as the general certification program, in addition to extra training in math fundamentals. The same admissions requirements also apply.

St. Philip's College

The 2 associate's degree programs with teacher certification at St. Philip's prepare students to work as teachers or in any professional child or adolescent development capacity. The programs are virtually identical to their respective counterparts at SAC, since both schools are in the Alamo Colleges district.

Associate of Arts in Teaching: Texas Teacher Certification: 7-12, Other EC-12

This certificate is fully transferable to any Texas university and requires students to complete 61 credit hours to graduate. Core courses for the program include communication, the natural sciences, history and government. Students can also expect to take introductory courses on teaching that include classroom observation. Interested students must apply online and provide proof of a high school diploma or GED.

Associate of Arts in Teaching: Texas Teacher Certification EC-6, 4-8, EC-12 Special Education

This special education program is designed to prepare students to work with special needs children from early childhood to high school. 61 credit hours are required for completion, including 18 credit hours of professional teacher and math fundamentals courses. The same core courses required in the general certification program are taken for the special education program, and admissions requirements are also the same.

Other School Options

Prospective students may also be interested in the associate's degree in teaching offered at Palo Alto College, which is part of the Alamo Colleges district and located in San Antonio. Finally, the private University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio about 4 miles from downtown, features a bachelor's degree program in interdisciplinary studies that includes a concentration in elementary school teacher certification.

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