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James I. Perkins

College of Education

The James I. Perkins College of Education (PCOE) at Stephen F. Austin State University is a reflection of the successes and achievements of its students, faculty, administration, and staff. The PCOE is a vibrant and inclusive learning community that embodies access, equity, diversity, cultural relevance, and collaboration in teaching, research, service, and community engagement. Our programs offer real-world knowledge to prepare students to be successful professionals. We offer 27 undergraduate/graduate degree programs and 45 educator certifications. We invite you to explore the many opportunities available in the PCOE. You will find here details about our degrees, certifications, accreditations, centers, grants, advising, annual reports and other important information. Thank you for your interest in the James I. Perkins College of Education. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.


Online Programs


Master of Arts in Teaching degree is an exciting and innovative graduate program that prepares teachers for leadership positions in the secondary school setting.The learning outcomes of this 36-hour graduate degree program are based on the NCATE standards. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Master's of Education, Early Childhood - $8,150; 36 credit hours

Master's of Education, Educational Leadership, Principal's Certification- $5,500; 30 credit hours

Master of Education, Elementary Education, $260 per credit hour; This degree is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Let us help you set forth on a path to a successful and more rewarding career in education!

Master of Education Reading Specialist, $260 per credit hour; This program offers a Master of Education degree with an all-level Professional Reading Specialist certification.

BSIS - EC-6 Degree Completer program and BSIS - 4-8 Degree Completer program, These innovative programs will allow paraprofessionals (instructional aides) working in Texas public schools and other qualified individuals who have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges to seamlessly transfer to SFASU and complete online a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree with a concentration in special education and EC-12 special education teacher certification.
Master of Education in Special Education - 4 program options for candidates seeking a master's degree with a major in special education: M.Ed. in Special Education Online (non-teacher certification seeking) M.Ed. in Special Education Online (initial teacher certification in Special Education) M.Ed. in Special Education Online (Educational Diagnostician certification seeking)