Education (Equity and Education) Degree

As a student, you may have experienced a learning breakthrough with the help of an amazing teacher. Or, you may be interested in engaging with culturally diverse students and their communities. You may even want to help children learn in different languages or work with students from other countries. Perhaps you have a passion for math, science, history or literature that you’d like to share with young people. If you’re interested in becoming an educator in today’s EC-12 (Early Childhood-12th grade) schools, consider a degree in Equity and Education.

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UTSA’s Equity and Education Degree

Throughout this program, you’ll explore what it means to be culturally responsive, community-based agent of change via our innovative course and field experiences. The knowledge and professional skills you’ll develop as an educator will prepare you to work with diverse learners across a variety of school settings. Courses are offered via the departments of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and other departments in the COEHD. 

UTSA is approved by the Texas Education Agency to recommend students for teaching certification in various baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) areas. See the table below for teaching certification options and their corresponding BA degrees offered by the COEHD and other UTSA academic colleges.

Teaching Level Major at UTSA Teaching Certification Concentrations (declared as an enrolled student)
Elementary School Equity and Education

Early Childhood – Grade 6:

  • Core Subjects and Science of Teaching Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Core Subjects and Science of Teaching Reading and Bilingual Education
Middle School Interdisciplinary Studies

Grades 4-8:

  • Core Subjects and Bilingual Education
  • Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies and Science of Teaching Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Mathematics/Science
High School Choose a UTSA degree for the academic specialization in which you seek to teach

Grades 7-12:

  • Computer Science & Technology (Pending TEA approval)
  • English Language Arts and Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Speech
  • Math
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
All Levels
(EC-12)
Interdisciplinary Studies or Choose a UTSA degree for the academic specialization in which you seek to teach

Early Childhood – Grade 12:

  • Special Education
  • Art
  • Language other than English (Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (P.E.)
Academic Information:

College

College of Education & Human Development

Department

Department of Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Equity and Education

Careers in Education

Top job titles for Education graduates include:

• College Professor
• Vocational instructor
• Middle/High School Teacher
• Tutor
• Preschool/Childcare Teacher
• Elementary School Teacher

Education and its related career pathways are currently in higher demand than average in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Phoenix, AZ, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX and Jacksonville, FL. More than 144,000 Education-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Career Opportunities

Marketable Skills

Industries for Education Graduates

Education is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Education-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Elementary and Secondary Schools
• Religious Organizations
• Child Day Care Services
• Government

Salaries for Education Graduates

The salary range for open education-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $28,512
median $48,201
top 10% $76,560

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Education Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Education graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Education may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy teaching and mentoring
• You like being creative and artistic
• You enjoy working with others
• You like being physically active
• You are well organized

Scholarships Offered: 

  • UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Education and Human Development
    • Must be admitted to College of Education and Human Development graduate program, without admission conditions
      • GPA Requirements:
    • New Master student: Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Continuing/current Master student: Overall UTSA GPA of 3.0
  • Colonel and Mrs. Peter J. Hennessey Memorial Scholarship
    • Must enroll full time and be pursuing a degree in business or education
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must be in the top 25 percent of high school class and have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or a minimum ACT score of 24
  • Kelly Hispanics for Higher Education (KHHE Endowed) Scholarship
    • Must be degree seeking undergraduate students enrolled full time
    • Incoming first-time freshmen must have a minimum SAT score of 900 or a minimum ACT score of 20
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Sembradores of San Antonio Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund
    • Must be a resident of the San Antonio Metropolitan Area which encompasses a greater area, https://statisticalatlas.com/metro-area/Texas/San-Antonio/Overview
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Must be a first-generation college student
  • The Henry Romo Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be Bexar County resident
    • Applicants may be first-time incoming freshmen, transfer and current students. First-time freshmen must demonstrate a readiness for the rigors of higher education as determined by entrance test scores, high school rank and grade point average
  • The Richard Xavier King and Dr. Bertha Perez Endowed Scholarship Fund
    • Must be actively pursuing a degree in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA
    • Must be a graduate of the Harlandale, Edgewood or San Antonio ISD in San Antonio, Texas.
  • UTSA Staff Endowed Scholarship
    • Must be a full-time UTSA staff employee enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • William & Scanlan Endowed Scholarship
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
    • Freshman applicants must show preparedness for the rigors of higher education through entrance test scores ( a SAT score of 1210+ (1830+ on 2400 SAT scale) or ACT score of 27+), high school grades and class rank.
  • Society of Iranian-American Women for Education Endowed Scholarship
    • Recipient(s) must be enrolled full-time and actively pursuing a degree at the University.
    • Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students, but preference will be given to undergraduate applicants.
    • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Albar and Englantina Peña Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Undergraduate students pursuing BA IDS with bilingual teaching certification for EC-6th and or 4-8th grades levels.
    • Graduate students pursuing a M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Education, or a M.A. in Bicultural Studies.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates
    • Applicants must have Spanish/English language proficiency.
    • Undergraduates must be members in good standing of BESO
    • Graduates must be members in good standing of GLOBE.
  • Carol Fitzgerald Dodge, Endowed Scholarship
    • Full-time undergraduate students seeking teaching certification in one the following areas: High School Englsih Language Arts, High School Foreign Languages, high school Mathematics, or high school Science.
    • Full-time Post-Baccalaureate students seeking certification for Curriculum Specialist, School Counselor, Principal, or Superintendent. If enrolled part-time and employed full-time in an educational setting Proof of employment is required
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Ruben Tey Annual Memorial Scholarship
    • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development and actively pursuing a teacher certification at the undergraduate level.
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • The Belinda Villarreal-Nelson Memorial Scholarship
    • Full-time undergraduate or post-bac students seeking teaching certification in one the following areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Bilingual Education, Special Education.
  • The Endowed Pythagoras Scholarship for Math Teachers
    • Must be an Undergraduate junior or senior students actively pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics
    • Must be pursuing teaching certification at the high school level in the College of Education and Human Development
    • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a resident of the state of Texas
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • The Guadalupe Harber Scholarship – BESO
    • Must be an undergraduate student actively pursuing teaching certification in Bilingual Education at UTSA.
    • Must be an active member of the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) as defined by the organization’s constitution.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • The Rodolfo Jacobson Scholarship – BESO
    • Must be an undergraduate student actively pursuing teaching certification in Bilingual Education at UTSA.
    • Must be an active member of the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) as defined by the organization’s constitution.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Paricutin Civic and Educational Foundation, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are first generation in their family to attend college. Applicants must be high school graduates of Harlandale, Edgewood or San Antonio ISD.
    • Preference will given to applicants who are bi-lingual in Spanish and English
  • Dr. Arcadia López Endowed Scholarship
    • Undergraduate junior, senior and Post-Bac students seeking teaching certification in Bilingual Education at the undergraduate level
    • Graduate students seeking a master’s degree in Bilingual Teacher Education (BITE)
    • Doctoral candidates from the BBL Department whose dissertation proposal and thesis is in the field of Bilingual Education.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • William Broadus Scholarship for African American Studies
  • Linda J. Rasmussen Memorial Endowed Scholarship (Women’s Studies)
  • Samjatha Govindaraju Endowed Graduate Scholarship
  • Maleeca Smith Memorial Scholarship
  • Laura Carter Memorial Scholarship (Counseling)
  • Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Student Life

Throughout this program, you’ll explore how different disciplines approach inquiry, examine multiple styles of learning, and incorporate cultural diversity into your teaching. The knowledge and skills you’ll pick up will enable you to become an effective educator and work with diverse learners across a variety of settings. Students studying Education may consider becoming involved in:

  • BESO: Bilingual Education Student Organization
  • VOICES: Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education & Service
  • ASPIRE at UTSA
  • UTeachSA
  • UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence
  • UTSA iSTEAM Life
  • Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Chapter; International Honor Society in Education