Master of Education with Secondary English Certification

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In this two-year Urban Teachers program, candidates gain research-based and practical knowledge of teaching through extensive field experience and coursework. The program is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings. Graduates of the program will be prepared to teach middle and high school students in grades 7-12.

Candidates earn:

  • A master's degree (M.Ed.)
  • Secondary teaching certification in English Language Arts (ELA) or Social Studies (SS)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement

The degree merges the existing Master's in Language and Literacy Studies and Texas teacher certification requirements for English teachers.

42 Total Minimum Hours: Master of Education with Coursework only (36 hours) with Certification (+6 hours)

Basic Course Requirements (30 hours)   

  • EDC 385G  Learning and Teaching in Urban Contexts
  • EDC 382S  Teaching Secondary School Subjects: English & Reading
  • EDC 380T  Writing Process and Pedagogy
  • EDC 385G  Second Language Acquisition
  • EDC 390T Literature for Young Adults
  • EDC 382S Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language: Secondary
  • EDC 371S/698P Secondary School Teaching Practicum: English
  • EDC 385G Literacy and Social Change

Research Requirements (3 hours)  

  • EDC 380R Educational Research and Design

Electives Requirements Outside the Department  (minimum: 6 hours)

Additional Required Electives Hours: (3 hours)

Elective courses may be upper-division undergraduate or graduate courses. Two electives must be taken outside of the Curriculum and Instruction department (course numbers may not begin with “EDC”). Potential out-of-department courses include coursework in English, Rhetoric and Writing, Educational Psychology, Special Education, Educational Administration, African and African Diaspora Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Asian American Studies Departments.

Additional Information is available in the Graduate School Catalog.

*These programs require fieldwork in area schools, and to undertake that field work, school districts require that university students each pass a criminal background check. If a student does not pass the criminal background check, she or he will be unable to complete the required work of the program, and any offer of admission will be canceled.