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Graduate Education

The graduate program in education offers two 36-hour, non-thesis Master’s degrees, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) for those previously certified to teach in the state of Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) those seeking Texas teaching certification.

Faculty

  • C. W. Hannel, Ed.D., Program Director
  • David Boyer, Ed.D.
  • Cathy Box, Ed.D.
  • Bill Kingston, Ph.D.
  • Karl Mahan, Ed.D.
  • Gonzalo Ramirez, Ed.D.

Mission

The mission of the graduate program in education is to prepare creative and innovative professional educators with high moral and ethical standards who view themselves as agents of change and who are committed to the welfare of children and have the understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary for effective teaching and leadership. Individuals desiring to complete requirements for Texas Educator Certification must apply to the Educator Certification Program through the certification office. Some course work is required in addition to the M.A.T. for completing teaching certification.

Purpose

The purpose of the Master's Degree in education is to provide qualified students with advanced academic training beyond the baccalaureate degree. Graduate education courses are designed (1) to strengthen the professional knowledge base and skills of the graduate student, as both teacher and administrator; (2) to increase independent study and seminar skills; (3) to strengthen the use of traditional research skills; (4) to assist the student in valuing and conducting classroom based research; (5) to increase the instructional leadership skills of the student; (6) to encourage reflective analytical/critical thinking on the part of the student; and (7) to increase the ability of the student to analyze case studies related to educational experiences.

Expectations

Graduate students are expected to assume greater responsibility over their programs of study, to function productively in seminar structures, to conduct research on a regular basis, to read widely and critically in both primary and secondary materials, and to function as professional educators who display ethical and moral behavior and leadership patterned after the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Graduate Orientation

Once accepted into the graduate education program, graduate students must participate in a graduate orientation program prior to the completion of six semester hours.

Semester Length

Since this program is designed for the practicing professional educator, its academic year is divided into Fall or Spring A, which last 16 weeks, and Fall or Spring B and C, each lasting 8 weeks. Students may enroll in no more than 7 hours per term of evening and/or Saturday courses until they graduate with the master's degree. Exceptions to the semester hour limit must be approved, in advance, by the advisor.

Early Childhood

This major offers students opportunities to participate in advanced studies of content areas typically found in the elementary school through grade 6. State requirements are scheduled to change in the near future. Any state-mandated change may mean an alteration in these requirements, especially for the M.A.T. It also emphasizes school-based instructional leadership for those teachers who do not wish to become school administrators, but who desire to assume more leadership on their campuses in a variety of the following areas.

  • Membership on site-based management teams
  • Lead teachers
  • Student teacher supervisors
  • First-year induction or mentoring roles
  • Curriculum writing and leadership
  • Department leaders
  • Other areas compatible with teachers in leadership roles

Students who desire to pursue the Master of Arts Degree in Teaching with a concentration in elementary education but are not certified to teach must complete an additional six hours of undergraduate reading courses and six hours of undergraduate student teaching beyond the master's degree. To meet TEA/State Board for Educator Certification requirements, students may have to enroll in additional leveling courses.

Educational Leadership

This 36-hour concentration will offer students opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a school principal or central office administrator as designated by the school. Students may pursue one of two strands to obtain the Principal Certification–educational leadership or educational technology. Under special circumstances, students may seek a master's degree in educational leadership without seeking certification. The Master of Education in Leadership leading to principal certification may be pursued on campus or online and may be completed in as few as 12 to 18 months.

Secondary Education

Secondary education offers students opportunities to participate in advanced studies of content areas typically found in the secondary school. It will emphasizes school-based instructional leadership for those teachers that do not wish to become school administrators, but desire to assume more leadership on their campuses. Students desiring to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a major in secondary education and are not certified to teach must complete six hours of undergraduate student teaching beyond the master's degree. To meet TEA/SBEC requirements, students may have to enroll in additional leveling courses.

Special Education and Educational Diagnostics

Special education offers students opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a special education teacher. Students may pursue three specific programs, (1) a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Special Education with an EC-12 Certification for those who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and meet graduate program admission requirements. Student Teaching in a special education classroom is required for this  certification, or (2) A Master of Education degree in Special Education with a supplemental certification for those who have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education who hold a current Texas certification and who meet university graduate program admission requirements, and (3) a Master of Education degree in Educational Diagnostics for those who are already certified, who have taught at least two years, and who meet university graduate program admission requirements.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Non-thesis degree program in early childhood education for individuals holding a Texas teaching certification.

(36 hours)

  • EDU5301  Research for School Improvement
  • EDU5303  Educational Technology
  • EDU5304  Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • EDU5305  Methods of Reading Instruction
  • EDU5306  Working with the Gifted/Talented
  • EDU5307  Content Area/Writing Assessment
  • EDU5308  Assessment and Identification of Reading Challenges
  • EDU5309  Differentiated Curriculum
  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5316  Ethics in Education
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Master of Education in Secondary Education

Non-thesis degree program in secondary education for individuals holding a Texas teaching certification.

(36 hours)

  • EDU5301  Research for School Improvement
  • EDU5303  Educational Technology
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5313  Classroom Management
  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5317  Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDU5320  Educational Law
  • EDU5323  Administrative/Leadership Theory
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDU5350  Models of Teaching
  • Electives 3 hours
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Master of Education in Special Education

Non-thesis degree program in special education for individuals holding a Texas teaching certification.

(36 hours)

  • EDU5301  Research for School Improvement
  • 3 hours from
    • EDU5303  Educational Technology
    • EDU5332  Teaching with Emerging Technologies
  • EDU5312  Exceptionalities
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5320  Educational Law
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDU5344  Working with Parents and Families of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5345  Language Development in Children
  • EDU5346  Behavior Management of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5347  Assessing Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5349  Advanced Practicum in Special Education
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Non-thesis degree program in educational leadership for individuals holding a Texas teaching certification and two years of creditable teaching experience.

Educational Leadership Strand campus-based or online (36 hours)

  • EDU5301  Research for School Improvement
  • EDU5303  Educational Technology
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5320  Educational Law
  • EDU5323  Administrative Theory and Educational Leadership
  • EDU5324  Administration of Special Programs
  • EDU5326  The Principalship
  • EDU5327  Administrative Practicum
  • EDU5331  Budgeting and Personnel Management
  • EDU5333  School Community Leadership
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Educational Technology Strand (36 hours)

  • EDU5301  Research for School Improvement
  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5320  Educational Law
  • EDU5323  Administrative Theory and Education Leadership
  • EDU5324  Administration of Special Programs
  • EDU5326  The Principalship
  • EDU5327  Administrative Practicum
  • EDU5331  Budgeting and Personnel Management
  • EDU5335  Educational Tech Resource Management
  • 6 hours from
    • EDU5303  Education Technology
    • EDU5334  Internet Curriculum Integration
    • EDU5336  Tech Tools–Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Master of Education in Educational Diagnostics

Non-thesis degree program in special education and diagnostic assessment and services for those with a teaching certification and two years of creditable teaching experience.

(36 hours)

  • EDU5301  Research for School Improvement
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5320  Education Law
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDU5340  Achievement Testing/Authentic Assessment
  • EDU5342  Intelligence Testing/Authentic Assessment
  • EDU5343  Cross Battery Assessment for Learning Disabilities
  • EDU5344  Working with Parents and Families of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5346  Behavior Management of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5360  Seminar/Practicum for the Educational Diagnostician
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination

Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Non-thesis degree program in early childhood education for those seeking a teaching certification.

(36 hours for degree/12 additional hours for certification)

  • EDU5303  Educational Technology
  • EDU5310  Elementary School Math and Science
  • EDU5311  Elementary School Language Arts and Social Studies
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5313  Classroom Management
  • EDU5314  Seminar in Reading
  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5317  Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDU5328  Integrating for Enrichment
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination
  • Students must pass EDU 6062 and the appropriate content TExES exam prior to enrolling in EEL 4660.

The following 12 hours must also be completed for Texas teaching certification:

  • REA3330  Literacy and the Young Child
  • REA3340  The Reading/Writing Connection
  • EEL4660  Student Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education

Non-thesis degree program in secondary education for those seeking a teaching certification.

(36 hours for degree/7 additional hours for certification)

  • EDU5303  Educational Technology
  • EDU5304  Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5313  Classroom Management
  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5317  Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDU5320  Educational Law
  • EDU5323  Administrative Theory
  • EDU5324  Special Programs
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • Elective 3 hours
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination
  • Students must pass EDU 6062, EDU 5199, and appropriate content TExES exam prior to enrolling in EDS 4660.

The following 7 hours must be completed for a Texas teaching certification:

  • EDU5199  Independent Study of Issues Facing Education
  • EDS4660  Student Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education

Non-thesis degree program in special education for those seeking teaching certification.

(36 hours)

  • EDU5310  Elementary School Math and Science
  • EDU5311  Elementary School Language Arts and Social Studies
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5313  Classroom Management
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Leader
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDU5335  Educational Technology Resource Management
  • EDU5344  Working with Parents and Families of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5345  Language Development in Children
  • EDU5346  Behavior Management of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5347  Assessing Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU6062  Comprehensive Examination
  • Students must pass EDU 6062 and the appropriate content TExES exam prior to enrolling in ESP 4660.

The following 12 hours must be completed for a Texas teaching certification:

  • REA3330  Literacy and the Young Child
  • REA3340  The Reading/Writing Connection
  • ESP4660  Student Teaching

Certification Only Programs

Students seeking admission into the certification programs must meet the general admission requirements for graduate admission.

Special Education Certification

Certification only post-baccalaureate program in special education for those holding Texas teaching certification.

(21 hours)

  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5344  Working with Parents and Families of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5345  Language Development in Children
  • EDU5346  Behavior Management of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5347  Assessing Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5349  Advanced Practicum in Special Education

Educational Diagnostics Certification

Certification only post-graduate program in diagnostics for those holding Texas teaching certification with two years of creditable teaching experience.

(24 hours)

  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5340  Achievement Testing/Authentic Assessment
  • EDU5342  Intelligence Testing/Authentic Assessment
  • EDU5343  Cross-Battery Assessment for Learning Disabilities
  • EDU5344  Working with Parents and Families of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5346  Behavior Management of Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5348  Adapting the Curriculum for Children with Special Needs
  • EDU5360  Seminar/Practicum for the Educational Diagnostician

Secondary Education Certification

Certification only post-baccalaureate program in secondary education for those possessing at least 24 hours in a teaching field with 12 upper level hours.

(25 hours)

  • EDU5199  Writing/Research in Graduate Education
  • EDU5304  Curriculum and Instructional Design
  • EDU5312  Exceptionality
  • EDU5313  Classroom Management
  • EDU5316  Ethics for the Educator
  • EDU5317  Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDU5329  Content Area Literacy
  • EDS4660  Student Teaching

Principal Certification

Program leading to the Principal Certification for those holding Master's degree and two years of creditable teaching experience.

(24 hours)

  • EDU5315  Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • EDU5320  Educational Law
  • EDU5323  Administrative/Leadership Theory
  • EDU5324  Administration of Special Programs
  • EDU5326  The Principalship
  • EDU5327  Administrative Practicum
  • EDU5331  Business and Personnel Management
  • EDU5333  School Community Leadership

Superintendent Certification

Program leading to the Superintendent Certification. Standards for admission to the Superintendent Certification program that are more restrictive than general admission standards are as follows.

  • Must have completed graduate application process
  • Must have completed a master’s degree
  • Must hold a Standard Texas Principal Certification
  • Must have completed two years of creditable teaching experience
  • Must submit a completed program application form and applicant statement

Candidate applications will be reviewed by program administrators. An official letter of acceptance or rejection will be sent by the Office of Graduate Studies prior to the beginning of the cohort.

(15 hours)

  • EDU6101  Superintendency Practicum A
  • EDU6102  Superintendency Practicum B
  • EDU6103  Superintendency Practicum C
  • EDU6301  School Finance
  • EDU6302  School District Policy and Politics
  • EDU6303  School District Evaluation
  • EDU6304  The Superintendency

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2014