How to Apply - Curriculum and Instruction Programs

As a prospective student, you are required to apply first using the state application system, ApplyTexas. Here, you will input your biographical information, your previous education, and your essays. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow us enough time to process your information.

Those of you who want to apply to the STEM Education program should select STEM Education (32800) for your major. Please see the STEM Education Admissions page for more information.

Those of you interested in the following programs should choose Curriculum and Instruction, 32332:

Those of you interested in the Learning, Equity, Action, and Design Stackable Graduate Certificate (non-degree), you should choose 632370 C&I -LEAD Stackable Graduate Certificate (Nondegree) for your major. Please see the LEAD Stackable Graduate Certificate Admissions page for more information.

  • Deadlines
    Deadline To Apply For Areas
    November 1 Harrington Fellowships and fall admissions - Doctoral applicants only Bilingual/Bicultural Education
    Cultural Studies in Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Language and Literacy Studies
    Learning Technologies
    Social Studies Education
    University of Texas Urban Teachers - English
    University of Texas Urban Teachers - Social Studies
    December 1 College and department fellowships, fall admissions - Doctoral and Master's applicants

    Please contact Stephen Flynn if you have any questions about these deadlines. 

  • Program Requirements

    A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.; or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.

    A minimum GPA of 3.0, particularly during the last two years of college and in any previous graduate study. The department will consider applications with lower GPAs. If you feel that your grade point averages or test scores are not valid indicators of your ability, please wait till you have submitted your application and upload a miscellaneous document explaining your concerns.

    We also consider teaching experience as a criterion during the admission process. EC-12 teaching experience, especially among underserved populations, is preferred by most program areas. 

  • Application Process and Program-specific Instructions

    After you submit the ApplyTexas application, the Graduate School will review your application. You will be sent an email confirming your application submission within 1-2 days. This email will also contain your login information (UT EID) for the MyStatus page. MyStatus answers questions like:

    • Is my application complete?
    • What's missing?
    • Do I need to submit a CV? Another essay? A transcript?
    • Did you receive my test scores?
    • Did I upload this document successfully? Can I delete and re-upload this document?
    • Have you received my letters of recommendation? How can I change my recommenders?
    • Why was my transcript declined?

    You will need to do the following in order complete their Application Form on ApplyTexas:

    Pay the Application Fee

    The nonrefundable application fee is $65.00 for US applicants; $90.00 for International applicants. Fee waivers are available for those who are eligible.

    Have Your Transcripts Ready

    Transcripts are required for each senior college attended. A PDF of the official transcript can be uploaded, but you must provide an official transcript from that college after acceptance to our program. Each transcript can be uploaded only once, so please make sure you have the correct and full version of each transcript before uploading.  Learn more about how to submit your transcripts from the Graduate School's site.

    GRE Scores

    The GRE requirement has been waived for Fall 2023 applicants.

    Prepare Your Statement of Purpose

    Approximately 1-3 pages in length, this essay should address your current situation, your intended area(s) of research/specialization, and your goals for achievement in graduate study and beyond.  Clearly specify to which C&I Academic Program you are applying. STEM Education Applicants: Please see the STEM Education Admissions page.

    Update Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    This document should summarize and chronicle your academic and professional positions and achievements, including any awards and/or publications for which you are credited.

    Submit Three (3) Letters of Reference

    Our department requires three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be notified by email with instructions on how to upload their letters once you have submitted and paid for your application. Letters should come from professors who are familiar with your academic performance and potential.

    Bilingual/Bicultural Education Applicants

    If you are applying to our Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program, you must provide a supplemental writing sample written in Spanish to be uploaded as a "Miscellaneous Admissions Document." The writing sample should describe your cross-cultural and/or cross-linguistic experiences.  You also should demonstrate competency with the language and content of the essay, and show that you have made efforts to cross borders by working, traveling, or otherwise have lived in situations that required a multiplicity of cultural competencies.

    University of Texas Urban Teachers Applicants

    Please note that the University of Texas Urban Teachers Program requires fieldwork in area schools. To undertake that fieldwork, school districts require that you pass a criminal background check. If you do not pass a required background check, they will be unable to complete the required work of the academic program. Failure to pass the background check will result in the cancellation of our offer of admission. 

  • International Applicants

    International students must fulfill some additional requirements.

    Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores 

    Students applying from other countries should submit either their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Scores. The recommended minimum scores provided by the Graduate School are:

    • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
    • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

    English Language Evaluation

    All new international students with undergraduate degrees from non-English-speaking universities are required to undergo a brief evaluation for speaking and writing English (English Second Language evaluation). This helps us better serve the needs of our international students and the faculty who work with them.

    Texas Global will conduct the English language evaluation during International Student Orientation. This evaluation is done at no cost to you. If you do not pass one of the two evaluations, you will be required to take an English Second Language course during your first semester at UT. If you are required to take two English Second Language courses, you must take one course in the first semester and the second course the next semester.

  • Application Status

    Once all application materials are uploaded and completed, the Graduate School will refer your application to the department. This initial review process by the grad school will take about 1 – 2 weeks, so be sure to have everything turned in well in advance of the deadlines. 

  • After Your Decision

    Applicants may be admitted, admitted with conditions, or denied admission. Learn more on the Graduate School website.

  • Questions

    Contact Stephen Flynn, our departmental Graduate Admissions Coordinator, with any questions regarding C&I or STEM Education admissions. 

    Please also see General Guidelines from the Graduate School.

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