M.A. Teaching

Common Courses (27 Credits)

Courses that are common to all emphases may be applied to all. At least 36 hours are required for the degree.

Emphasis Requirements (See Below)9
EDUC 5370Techniques of Research3
EDUC 5300Foundations and History of Education 13
EDUC 5385Teaching Internship II 13
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching 13
SPED 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners 13
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing Learning Environment 13
READ 5370Literacy Development 13
EDUC 5384Teaching Internship 13
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners 13
EDUC 5090Education Comprehensive Examination0
Total Semester Credit Hours36

1. Courses required for certification. Contact Educator Preparation Services before registering for these courses.

With Secondary Education Teacher Certification Preparation

Selected graduate content or Curriculum and Instruction courses9
Total Semester Credit Hours9

With Elementary Education Teacher Certification Preparation

EDUC 5302Cultural Diversity in Schools and Community3
EDUC 5338Curriculum Design and Implementation3
EDUC 5312Language and Social Studies Seminar3
or EDUC 5322 Teaching Mathematics and Science
Total Semester Credit Hours9

With Special Education Teacher Certification Preparation

Required Core Courses
SPED 5311Behavioral Management in Special Education Environment3
SPED 5313Advanced Study of Learning Disabilities3
SPED 5315Advanced Study of Developmental Disabilities3
Total Semester Credit Hours9

Course Information and Schedule

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the M.A. in Teaching major by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 18 semester hours with no letter grade less than a “C” in the certification subject area
  • A score of PASS on the Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT) TExES
  • Successful admission to graduate school
  • GRE scores if the applicant has a 2.75-2.99 GPA. Required Scores:  Verbal Reasoning 157, Quantitative Reasoning 155, and Analytical Writing 4.5
  • Successful completion of professional interview measuring knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude with a combined minimum score of 45
  • Successful completion of writing sample with a combined minimum score of 14
  • Evidence of good moral character and the mental, emotional, and physical ability to function effectively in a classroom based on the interview

International Admissions

All applicants for Teacher Certification must demonstrate English Language Proficiency before admission.

  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited Institution of Higher Education in the United States or from a country in which English is the official language, or
  • Verification of satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language-Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Applicants must take all four portions and score at or above: Listening - 22, Speaking - 24, Reading - 22, and Writing - 21. 

Graduates from foreign universities and colleges must submit an original Foreign Credential Review from one of the following TEA Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to earn teacher certification in Texas.
  2. Be employable as educators in Texas.
  3. Create effective curriculum.
  4. Provide high-quality instruction.
  5. Conduct research on relevant issues to curriculum and instruction.