Master's Degree Programs

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Core Courses (12 hours)

All master's students are required to take four core courses.  They must take:

  • STM 385 Knowing and Learning in STEM Education
  • STM 386 Curriculum History in STEM Education

The remaining two classes are chosen from the following:

  • STM 390 Research on Teaching and Teacher Development in STEM Education, or   
    • STM 390 Systemic Reform in STEM Education’
  • STM 390T Advanced Topics in STEM Education (titles will vary- consult with your adviser)

STEM Content Courses (9 hours)

The minimal course work in a STEM content area (Engineering, Mathematics or Natural Science) is 9 hours of study. These courses must be taken at the upper division undergraduate or graduate course level.

Research Methodology Course (6 hours)

Two courses in research design or specific quantitative or qualitative research methods are required.  Courses must be approved by the Gradaute Adviser to meet this requirement.

Supporting Courses (3 hours for thesis option; 6 hours for non-thesis option)

Students are expected to broaden and deepen their program of work through taking a variety of related course work consonant with their scholarly interests, in consultation with a graduate adviser. 

Thesis (6 hours)

All master's students are required to register for at least two semesters of thesis work.

See the Graduate School's Format Guidelines for Master's Theses and Reports (pdf).

Sample Theses & Dissertations are available at the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.

Minimum Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree Plan

  • Core courses (12 hours)
  • STEM content courses (9 hours)
  • Research methodology course (6 hours)
  • Supporting courses (3 hours for thesis option or 6 hours for non-thesis option)
  • Thesis (6 hours; only for those pursuing thesis option)
  • Total of 36 hours for thesis option; Total of 33 hours for non-thesis option
  • Total 36

Plans of Study

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

In addition to the requirements for the program for Master of Arts with thesis (see above), students must already be certified to teach at the elementary or secondary level.

Summer Master's Program

We offer a Master's degree program that can be completed in three years by attending classes on campus over 3 nine-week summer sessions, and attending to on-line coursework during the Fall & Spring semesters in between.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification programs for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree are available through the UTeach post-baccalaureate program. We do not recommend that certification be undertaken at the same time as the Master’s Degree.

For further information on certification contact:

Early Childhood-Grade 4 Certification
UT Teacher Certification Office in the COE Dean's Office
(512) 471-3223

Grades 4-8 & 9-12 Certification
UTeach Program Office
(512) 232-2770