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Teacher Preparation

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I teach?

What can I teach?

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

Education Majors
Elementary (grades 1-6)
Middle School (grades 5-9)
     Language Arts
     Mathematics
     Science
     Social Studies
Special Education: Cross-Categorical (grades K-12)
Business Education (grades 9-12)
Chemistry Education (grades 9-12)
Physical Education (grades K-12)

Secondary Education Minor (grades 9-12)
     Art (grades K-12)
     Biology
     English
     Social Studies
     Speech/Theater
Students major in the content area and minor in secondary education.

Is there a minimum grade point average one must maintain to be an education major/minor?

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

How soon will I be out in area schools doing field-based placements?

How soon will I be out in area schools doing field-based placements?

Avila’s School of Education programs include extensive field-based experiences and clinical components. In one of the first education courses, ED 185 Practicum, students are placed with a TEXT (Teaching Excellence Team) mentor in area schools. 

Are there additional costs/equipment needs associated with earning a School of Education degree?

Are there additional costs/equipment needs associated with earning a School of Education degree?

There are a series of state required exams and assessments that all teacher education majors/minors are required to take throughout the program. Teacher candidates are responsible for these expenses.

Teacher candidates will need a laptop once they begin their education (ED) courses.

Will I need a car if I live on campus?

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.

Can I become certified in Kansas as well as Missouri?

Can I become certified in Kansas as well as Missouri?

Teacher candidates must be certified in Missouri prior to becoming certified in any other state. Once Missouri certification is received, teacher candidates may apply for certification in Kansas or any other state. Each state has different certification requirements and additional exams may be required for each additional state in which certification is being sought. Avila University’s School of Education encourages teacher candidates to apply for a Kansas teaching certification to increase one’s marketability.

Does the School of Education find me a job when I have finished my program?

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, a Teacher Career Fair is held during Final Clinical Experience (student teaching) Seminar. Many area districts attend the event, and teacher candidates have the opportunity to talk with representatives and disseminate resumes. Many School of Education faculty members will assist you by providing reference letters for potential employers.

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Heather Huettner -- 2018-2019 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Heather Huettner, Avila School of Education alum, was named the 2018-2019 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Kansas Art Education Association. Heather is an Art teacher at Crestview Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District. She received her art teaching certification through Avila's Graduate Initial Teaching Certification program and went on to receive her Masters in Teaching and Learning. Congratulations Heather!

Now Certifying in Chemistry Education and Physical Education

The School of Education is excited to announce that it has been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to begin offering teacher certification in Chemistry Education (grades 9-12) and Physical Education (grades K-12) beginning in fall 2018! Contact the School of Education's main office at undergrad.education@avila.edu or at 816.501.2467 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

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