All full-time faculty have earned doctoral degrees and have held professional positions in
K-12 schools. They have experience working with children, youth, families and colleagues which they bring into their university teaching on a regular basis.
Faculty Advisors Faculty members serve as academic advisors for teacher education students. Each education student will have a long-term advisor to walk him/her through the entire program assisting with course registration, setting professional goals, knowing when and how to take certification tests and complete needed processes. The same advisor will work the student through graduation or program completion.
Undergrad SPED Certification Avila is one of the few universities in the area that offers special education certification at the undergraduate level. Students can earn both an elementary and special education certification at the same time. The program includes additional field-based experiences and the opportunity to co- teach in both elementary and special education within the same semester.
Technology A rigorous strand of technology courses has been built into all teacher education programs to prepare new teachers to enter the classroom with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to employ the latest educational technologies with children and youth.
Mentorship The Teaching Excellence Team (TEXT) is comprised of over 180 mentor teachers from urban, rural, suburban, private and parochial schools all over the Kansas City metropolitan area. Mentors are trained by the Avila School of Education to work with our teacher education students on an ongoing basis. They host our teacher education students for field- based and clinical experiences such as Practicum, General Methods and Final Clinical Experience. These placements allow teachers in training to have many field experiences where they gradually pick up increased responsibilities and learn how to be successful in many different types of school environments.
Teacher Career Fair The Teacher Career Fair and Interview Night is held once each semester to assist students in the Final Clinical Experience with job seeking processes. As a part of Final Clinical Experience Seminar students have the opportunity to meet human resource personnel and administrators from a host of local districts to network, share their resumes and interview for possible openings in those districts.
Travel Opportunities International and global travel opportunities are available for teacher education students in order to better prepare them to work with the diverse student audiences found in today's schools.
Co-curricular Involvement Students have many opportunities for co-curricular involvement on campus and in the School of Education. The Avila Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society offer opportunities to receive additional professional development, network with area K-12 schools, participate in service projects and get to know other students preparing to be teachers.
Community Connections The Avila School of Education is highly regarded by Kansas City area school administrators and teachers. These individuals serve on our Advisory Council, provide consultation and interact with faculty on a consistent basis which opens many doors for Avila graduates.
Block Tuition The block tuition system allows students to take anywhere from 12 to 18 credit hours for a standard price.
Flexibility Avila offers flexible points of entry into teacher education programs. Teacher education students may begin fall, spring or summer in keeping with their personal needs.
Small Class Sizes Faculty know every student personally and post on-going office hours for the purpose of being available to students who have questions, need assistance with assignments or just wish to have conversations with their professors outside of class.