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Graduate Programs

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.

Degree Programs

Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
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.

Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education
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 preparation for certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Reading Specialist. For complete information, please visit the following link for the advising, certification and testing contacts and processes: https://www.uta.edu/coed/certification/steps-advcert.php

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Open Option
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.

Master of Education Degree in Mind, Brain, and Education
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.


Certification Programs

Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T) with Teacher Certification

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 submit an admission application and essay to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP). You will determine requirements and instructions for EPP admission with your Graduate Advisor. For complete information, please visit the following link for the advising, certification and testing contacts and processes: https://www.uta.edu/coed/certification/steps-grad.php.

Applicants interested in obtaining Initial Teacher Certification must pass a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) for their chosen content area and grade level prior to admission. They must also fulfill the student teaching requirements, which must be completed with our local partnerships.  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.

Teacher Certification Only

The teacher certification only program is designed for people who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue teacher certification only. For teacher certification, students must pass a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) for content area and grade level. They must also fulfill the student teaching requirements.

The program consists of four pedagogy courses and a student teaching semester, which 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.

In addition to being accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies as a non-degree seeking student, students must also submit an admission application and essay to the Educator Preparation Program (EPP). You will determine requirements and instructions for EPP admission with your Graduate Advisor. For complete information, please visit the following link for the advising, certification and testing contacts and processes: https://www.uta.edu/coed/certification/steps-grad.php.