Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in EC-6 and Special Education EC-12
The graduate programs in Elementary Education lead both to the MEd degree and to state certification in Early Childhood through sixth grade. This master’s program includes many courses focused on special education and strategies for teaching children with exceptionalities. It is field-based and requires that students spend time in elementary schools. Students interested in clinical (student) teaching will work all day for 12 to 15 weeks in an elementary school classroom.
In addition to the coursework (with no grade lower than a “C”) and successful completion of the comprehensive exams, certification requires clinical teaching (or an approved equivalent) and successful completion of state certification exams.
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 2.5 GPA Undergraduate or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of University coursework.