Degrees and Certifications
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Open Option is designed to provide practicing teachers with current findings in education research and best instructional practices. The 36-hour degree includes core courses in curriculum design, instructional strategies, and diversity in education. Also included are courses in education research methods and a concentration of curriculum courses chosen by the candidate and approved by the advisor.
Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Literacy Studies
The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies is a fully online, non-thesis degree that includes endorsements or certifications in English as a Second Language (ESL), Master Reading Teacher (MRT), and Reading Specialist (RS). The Triple Literacy option provides coursework to qualify candidates to receive all three ESL, MRT, and RS endorsements and certification.
The M.Ed. in Mathematics Education is designed to provide practicing teachers with current findings in research and best instructional practices in mathematics education. The 36-hour degree includes core courses in curriculum design, instructional strategies, and diversity in education. Also included are courses in education research methods and a concentration in mathematics or mathematics education courses.
The M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education is designed for practicing teachers and people in education-related fields to study the physiology of the brain, the cognitive function in the brain, and their implications for instruction and assessment. Coursework includes the study of neuroscience; epistemology; emotion and learning; complex systems in education; research methods in mind, brain, and education; and contemporary models of assessment.
The M.Ed. in Science Education is designed to provide practicing teachers with current findings in research and best instructional practices in science education. The 36-hour degree includes core courses in curriculum design, instructional strategies, and diversity in education. Also included are courses in education research methods and a concentration in science or science education courses.
The Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.), a 36-hour non-thesis degree, is a unique and specialized degree that enables a student holding a baccalaureate degree to pursue initial teacher certification and use those hours toward requirements of a master’s degree. In addition to being accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies, students must also be admitted into the Teacher Certification program (consult a teacher certification advisor for current admittance requirements). For teacher certification, students must meet state requirements for their teaching field(s) or specialization (e.g., science, math, English, social studies) and complete the graduate-level coursework for early childhood - grade 6 ESL, grade 6 bilingual certification, middle level or secondary.They must also fulfill the student teaching requirements and pass the appropriate certification exams (consult a teacher certification advisor for current certification information). Up to 18 hours of teacher certification coursework may be applied to the total 36 hours required for completion of the M.Ed.T; however, students must complete teacher certification courses and pass the appropriate certification exams before proceeding to courses that apply to the master’s degree. Students may earn teacher certification without completing a master’s degree.
This post-baccalaureate teacher certification program is designed for people who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue teacher certification. The program consists of four courses and a student teaching semester, and can be completed in two semesters. Coursework focuses on teaching diverse populations, effective classroom instruction, classroom management and discipline, and teaching reading and writing in the content areas. Coursework is closely linked to field experiences and student teaching in secondary classrooms.
Students that hold a master's degree or doctoral degree in an education-related field and have a minimum of 2 years of successful full-time teaching experience may apply for the School Counseling Certificate Program. The program involves 15 graduate academic hours over four long semesters. Additional requirements include: personal interview, written statement of intent, criminal background check, letters of recommendation from professional school personnel, successful application to The University of Texas at Arlington’s graduate school, and proficiency in both spoken and written English.
For those who already hold a teaching certificate, the following add-on endorsements and certificates are available: Bilingual Certification (12 credit hours), English as a Second Language certification (12 hours), Master Reading Teacher certification (12 hours), and Reading Specialist certification (27 hours).