The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers on-campus and online master’s degree programs in mathematics education; science education; literacy studies; open option, and mind, brain, and education. The department has a post baccalaureate teacher certification program for people who already have bachelor’s degrees and would like to become teachers.
The literacy studies MED includes several literacy-related certifications and endorsements.
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 30-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 Science Education is designed to provide practicing teachers with current findings in research and best instructional practices in science education. The 30-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.
Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Literacy Studies
The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies is a 30-hour, 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 Curriculum and Instruction – Open Option is designed to provide practicing teachers with current findings in education research and best instructional practices. The 30-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.
The M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education is a 30-hour program 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 Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.), a 30-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 30 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.
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).
Forms & Resources
Criminal History Acknowledgement:
As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.
- In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
- If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
- You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.
For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: