Transformative Education Program


The purpose of the Transformative Education Program (TEP) at Saint Augustine’s University is to support the University’s mission by ensuring that its graduates are proficient in the core competencies of: communication; critical thinking; identity; wellness; civic engagement; STEM and quantitative literacy, civic engagement, global prospective, servant leadership, teamwork; innovation and creativity, and artistic literacy, culminating with a capstone course or experience.

TEP Goals

Students who graduate from Saint Augustine’s University share certain characteristics based on common learning experiences. On the completion of the TEP course requirements, students should:

  • Think critically and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in written and oral expression;
  • Understand and apply mathematical concepts;
  • Understand essential elements in the physical and natural sciences;
  • Possess a basic understanding of social and behavioral sciences, and of the human environment and think in an informed manner about social and political issues;
  • Possess an appreciation of cultural and spiritual values, creative expression and the history and experience of human society through courses in the humanities, fine arts, and languages;
  • Reflect upon ethical and spiritual questions related to their intellectual interests, social responsibilities, and personal growth; and
  • Know how to lead a healthy lifestyle based upon an understanding of the importance of physical, spiritual, emotional, economic and psychological wellness, which often includes exercise and the principles of physical and natural science.

iconClick here to view the core competencies and the T1 courses that satisfy the competencies. Students must satisfy all of the competencies with at least one T1 course. T2 courses are course that supplement and extend core competencies and are optional. T2 experiences may be attained inside or outside of the classroom. While a particular T1 course may satisfy multiple competencies, it can be used to satisfy only one core competency. Courses that satisfy a core competency may also be used to satisfy major requirements if applicable. The list of T1 courses below is not exhaustive. As part of the University’s annual review, additional T1 courses will be considered for inclusion and some courses may be removed. Please consult your academic advisor for an up-to-date listing of the T1 and T2 courses. Students must pass the course and the competency to earn TEP credit.