MEd: Master of Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in EC-6 and Special Education

Program Description

The HBU program is field-based and requires that students spend time in elementary schools. If a student is interested in clinical (student) teaching then it involves working all day for 12 to 15 weeks in an elementary school classroom.

In addition to this coursework (with no grade lower than a “C”) and successful completion of the comprehensive exams, certification requires clinical (student) teaching or an approved equivalent and successful completion of state certification exams.

The graduate program in Elementary Education leads both to the MEd degree and to state certification in Early Childhood through sixth grade.

Throughout the program, graduate students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and teachers in elementary school settings. The College of Education has close ties with area schools and school districts. This relationship with area schools means that students benefit from the practical experiences and the professional opportunities available. Most graduates are employed in Houston-area schools. Employment opportunities vary according to teaching field.


In addition to being accepted into the University Master’s of Education Program, a student must be accepted into the Educator Preparation Program which requires a 2.75 GPA Undergraduate or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of University coursework.