Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Certification

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 12-15 weeks in a 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 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood through Grade 6 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 the 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.

All certifications require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, as well as the following coursework requirements:

  • Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Grade 6)
    • At least three hours each of university coursework in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science with a total of 12 hours.

View degree plan: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Certification