M.A. Teaching

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/graduate/teaching.html

OVERVIEW

Teacher Education, one of the major programs at the University, emphasizes broad general education as a foundation for mastery of teaching skills and specialized knowledge in academic discipline. The primary purpose of teacher education is to prepare highly qualified teachers for employment in Texas and the nation. The goal of the department is to develop teachers who:

  1. possess appropriate knowledge and abilities in specific content areas or teaching fields;
  2. communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals;
  3. apply the principles of instructional planning in the development of curriculum;
  4. use effective teaching practices;
  5. formally and informally evaluate student performance and use results of such assessment in the instructional decision-making process;
  6. promote critical thinking and participatory citizenship;
  7. are skilled in the use of instructional technology;
  8. are proficient in mathematical skills;
  9. operate within the legal guidelines and uphold the ethics of the teaching profession;
  10. demonstrate concern for students' general welfare; and
  11. are committed to continued professional growth and development.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to earn teacher certification in Texas.
  • Design and implement high-quality instruction in a diverse setting.
  • Strengthen the profession by presenting educational research in written, oral, and visual formats.

Entry Requirements

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

  • Successful admission to graduate school.
  • Completed application packet.
  • A minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) overall or in the last 60 hours to include semester where 60th hour occurred.
  • A score of PASS on the Pre-Admission Content Testing (PACT) TExES.
  • Interview.
  • Successful completion of Accuplacer writing.
  • Letter of intent to pursue certification.

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.

Master of Arts - Elementary Education Teacher Certification Preparation Program Requirements

EDUC 5370Techniques of Research3
EDUC 5300Foundations and History of Education3
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
SPED 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 5312Language and Social Studies Seminar3
EDUC 5322Teaching Mathematics and Science3
READ 5377Literacy Instruction and Assessment3
Internship or Clinical Teaching
EDUC 5384
EDUC 5385
Teaching Internship
and Teaching Internship II
6
or EDUC 5691 Clinical Teaching
EDUC 5090Education Comprehensive Examination0
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Arts - Secondary Education Teacher Certification Preparation Program Requirements

EDUC 5370Techniques of Research3
EDUC 5300Foundations and History of Education3
EDUC 5311Methods of Effective Teaching3
SPED 5305Introduction to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 5314Creating and Managing Learning Environment3
READ 5370Literacy Development3
Selected graduate content or Curriculum and Instruction courses9
EDUC 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
Internship or Clinical Teaching
EDUC 5384
EDUC 5385
Teaching Internship
and Teaching Internship II
6
or EDUC 5691 Clinical Teaching
EDUC 5090Education Comprehensive Examination0
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Arts - Special Education Teacher Certification Preparation Program Requirements

EDUC 5370Techniques of Research3
EDUC 5300Foundations and History of Education 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 5345Advanced Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners 13
SPED 5311Behavioral Management in Special Education Environment3
SPED 5313Advanced Study of Learning Disabilities3
SPED 5315Advanced Study of Developmental Disabilities3
Internship or Clinical Teaching
EDUC 5384
EDUC 5385
Teaching Internship
and Teaching Internship II 1
6
or EDUC 5691 Clinical Teaching
EDUC 5090Education Comprehensive Examination0
Total Credit Hours36