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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I teach?

Avila University prepares students to be teachers in the following areas:

  • Elementary (grades 1-6)
  • Middle School (grades 5-9)
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Secondary (high school) Minor (grades 9-12)
    • Biology
    • Business
    • English
    • Social Studies
    • Speech/Theater
  • Special Education: Cross-Categorical (grades K-12)
  • Other K-12 Programs (Major in the discipline, Minor in education)
    • Art (K-12)

Is there a minimum grade point average one must maintain to be an education major/minor?
Students must maintain the following grade point averages to be formally admitted into the School of Education, into the Final Clinical Experience, and to receive state certification.

  • Overall GPA – 2.75
  • Education course work GPA – 3.0
  • Content area GPA – 3.0 (for middle school majors and secondary education minors only)

How soon will I be out in area schools doing field-based placements?
Avila’s School of Education programs include extensive field-based experience and clinical components.  In one of the very first education courses, ED 185 Practicum, students are placed with a TEXT (Teaching Excellence Team) mentor in area schools and are required to spend 5 full days in the TEXT mentor’s classroom.
Click here to see a complete description of all field-based and clinical experiences.


Will I need a car if I live on campus?
Education majors/minors must provide their own transportation to area schools for field-based and clinical experiences.  It is therefore highly recommended that you have a car.


Are there additional costs/equipment needs associated with earning a School of Education degree?
There are a series of state required exams that all education majors/minors are required to take throughout the program. Teacher candidates are responsible for these expenses.

Due to an intensive technology strand, all teacher candidates will need a laptop once they begin their education (ED) courses.


Does the School of Education find me a job when I have finished my program?
The School of Education does not find jobs for teacher candidates. However, during Final Clinical Experience (student teaching) Seminar a Teacher Career Fair and Interview Night is held. Many area districts attend the event, and teacher candidates have the opportunity to talk with representatives and disseminate resumes.


Can I become certified in Kansas as well as Missouri?
Teacher candidates must be certified in Missouri first because Avila University is a Missouri institution, but teacher candidates may apply for teacher certification in Kansas and other states immediately afterwards, if a candidate takes and passes the appropriate certification exams.  Avila University’s School of Education encourages teacher candidates to apply for a Kansas teaching certification as well to increase one’s marketability.