Degree Program Overview

Founded as Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1879, Sam Houston State University is the oldest teacher preparation program in Texas.

The BS in Education and the Secondary Education minor offer small class sizes and personal attention from a highly qualified faculty.


The Education degree is offered at the main campus in Huntsville and at The Woodlands Center.

Careers in Education

  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • Administrator
  • Coach
  • Superintendent
  • Professors

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.


The first step to becoming a teacher is deciding which grade level you want to teach.

Students interested in teaching grades EC - 6, Special Education EC - 12, or Bilingual-Spanish in EC - 6 will major in Education.

Students interested in teaching grades 4 - 8 will also major in Education, but will minor in the preferred teaching field such as Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Language Arts.

Students interested in teaching grades 8 -12 will major in the preferred subject (teaching field) and will minor in secondary education.

All students are required to participate in field experiences in public schools.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Science (BS)
BS in Education EC 6 Educational Core
BS in Education EC 6 Bilingual Core
BS in Education EC 6 Special Education Core
BS in Education 4-8 Core
BS in Education 4-8 ELAR
BS in Education 4-8 Mathematics
BS in Education 4-8 Science
BS in Education 4-8 Social Studies
BS in Education Early Childhood Education
Length 120-129 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15