Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with 7-12 Certification

Program Description

The HBU program is field-based and requires that students spend time in secondary schools. If a student is interested in clinical (student) teaching, then it involves working all day for 12-15 weeks in a secondary 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. Both Math and Science certification require 15 hours documented on the undergraduate transcript in order to be considered for certification in the content area.

Throughout the program, graduate students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and teachers in secondary 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 2.5 GPA at the undergraduate level, or a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of university coursework.

HBU offers Secondary certification programs in grades 7-12:

  • English Language Arts and Reading (12 hours of undergraduate coursework required)
  • Social Studies ( 12 hours )
  • History ( 12 hours)
  • Math (15 hours in undergraduate hours required)
  • Science (15 hours)
  • Life Science (15 hours required)

Degree Plan

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