Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Course Requirements

  • EDUC 5053 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 5623 Mentoring
  • EDUC 5633 Curriculum Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 6013 Trends and Issues in Learning and Teaching
  • EDUC 6753 Applied Research
  • ETEC 5133 Technology Integration*

*Basic computer application skills and permission of instructor required.

Option I
Resource Area: 6 hours of electives that provide support for teaching as approved by the program coordinator or EDLE 5676, School Change and Reform.

Minor*: 12 graduate hours from: Biology, Early Childhood Education, English, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, History, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Political Science, or Reading.

Option II
Minor*: 18 hours of a field taught in the public schools: Biology, English, History, Kinesiology, Master Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics, Political Science, Teacher Leadership, or Training and Development.

*See Minors and Teaching Endorsements section for prescribed courses. Mathematics minor requires 18 hours approved by chair. Students desiring a Master Mathematics Teaching certificate take the courses listed on page 92.


GRADUATE INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION



The Master of Education degree with a major in secondary education is designed to build professional skills and knowledge for the secondary classroom teacher. The Graduate Initial Teacher Certification is designed for persons who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. All candidates must meet University and West College of Education admission standards.

Admission to the Teacher Certification Program:

  • The Teacher Education Committee expects all teacher education students to be above average scholars; therefore, to be considered for admission to the Teacher Certifciation Program, the applicant must have:
  • an application on file (forms available in Education Office)
  • three letters of recommendation (forms available in Education Office)
  • satisfactory scores on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), or on last sixty hours taken
  • cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75, or at least a 2.75 GPA on last sixty hours taken
  • a grade point average of 2.5 in freshman English (excluding any development courses) with a minimum of 6 hours completed at the time of admission

Persons who plan to pursue a master's degree must be admitted as a graduate degree-seeking student by the completion of their ninth graduate hour.


Core Requirements for Initial Teacher Certification:

  • EDUC 5223 Planning for Teaching
  • EDUC 6023 Learning and Assessment
  • EDUC 6033 Classroom Management
  • EDUC 6063 Induction to Teaching
  • EDUC 6073 Practicum in Teaching
  • READ 5173 Fundamentals of Secondary Reading Instruction
  • SPED 5013 Exceptional Individuals

Additional courses required for M.Ed.:

  • EDUC 5053 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 6753 Applied Research
  • 3 hours from:
    • ETEC 5123 Instructional Technology Design
    • ETEC 5133 Technology Integration
    • ETEC 5143 Multimedia Development I
  • 6 hours resource elective for secondary certification



MINORS: MASTER MATHEMATICS TEACHER PROGRAM (Grades 4-8): Completion of the following courses in mathematics education enables students holding a valid Texas teaching certificate to apply for professional certification as a Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 4-8) upon satisfactory completion of the state-mandated TExES requirement.

  • MATH 5363 Topics in Mathematics Education
  • MATH 5453 Theory of Numbers
  • MATH 5473 Geometry for Teachers
  • MATH 5483 History of Mathematics
  • MATH 5493 Probability and Statistics for Teachers
  • 3 Semester Hours- Approved Graduate Math Course

READING EDUCATION:

  • READ 6213 Foundations of Reading
  • READ 6273 Diagnostic Reading Procedures
  • READ 6283 Practicum in Reading
  • SPED 5813 Reading for Disabled Readers

TEACHER LEADERSHIP:

  • EDLE 5603 Introduction to Leadership
  • EDUC 5423 Innovative Curriculum Design and Differentiation
  • EDUC 6023 Learning and Assessment
  • READ 6293 Content Reading


  • Plus: Six (6) hours of electives that provide support for teaching as approved by the program coordinator or EDLE 5676. School Change and Reform.



TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:

  • EDUC 5513 Introduction to Training and Development
  • EDUC 5523 Trends and Issues in Training and Development
  • EDUC 5533 Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners
  • EDUC 5543 Instructional Systems Design
  • EDUC 5583 Internship in Training and Development
  • ETEC 5143 Multimedia Development I

TEACHING ENDORSEMENTS:

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL): This endorsement may be added to any valid Texas elementary, secondary, or all-level certificate. Students may substitute one year of successful classroom teaching experience in an approved program for practicum. Twelve hours plus practicum or experience are required.

  • EDUC 5843 Language Acquisition and Development
  • EDUC 5853 Second Language Learning
  • EDUC 5863 Reading and Language Arts for ESL
  • EDUC 5873 Methods and Materials for ESL
  • EDUC 5883 Practicum in ESL

GIFTED AND TALENTED: This endorsement may be added to any valid Texas elementary, secondary, or all-level teaching certificate. Students may substitute two years of successful classroom teaching in an approved program for practicum. Twelve hours plus practicum or experience are required.

  • EDUC 5413 Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Students
  • EDUC 5423 Innovative Curriculum Design and Differentiation
  • EDUC 5443 Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
  • EDUC 5453 Developing Creativity
  • EDUC 5483 Practicum in Teaching Gifted/Talented