General requirements for the Master of Education degree include 36 credit hours of graduate level (5000 or above level course work), a minimum of two years of teaching related experience and successful completion of an action research proposal as part of core coursework.
The Licensed Professional Counselor degree plan requires a minimum of two years of experience in an approved counseling-related area. Students not seeking certification for K-12 Schools may appeal the teaching experience requirement with approval of the program director.
In addition to the above M.Ed. requirements, students completing the Educational Diagnostician degree or certification program must meet the following additional requirements for the issuance of the Standard Educational Diagnostician Certificate:
- Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate
- Have two creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher
- Successfully complete the TExES Educational Diagnostician examination
All degree plans, except the Counselor Education plan, must include three specific core courses (9 credit hours) designed to provide the academic foundations necessary for interpretation and application of educational research (EDUC 6326, 6327, 5303). Counselor Education students take COUN 5335 Multicultural Populations in place of EDUC 5303. No more than four Special Topics or Special Problems courses may be applied to a M.Ed. degree.
Within the Administration program, students may specialize in public school or private school administration. Within the Counselor Education Program, students may specialize in school counseling, counseling in non-school settings or agency counseling. Programs are also available for students to become Educational Diagnosticians or Reading Specialists.
Students will be assigned a program advisor that corresponds to the specialization (Resource) area.
The granting of a degree depends on successful completion of a degree plan in one of the areas of specialization, successful completion of the comprehensive examination and successful completion of required field experiences.
Graduate vs. Mixed Level Instruction
The graduate level courses in professional education and the graduate courses offered by the various academic support departments are all designed specifically for graduate students. The majority of the courses in professional education are open only to graduate students.
A few courses in professional education are taught concurrently with undergraduate courses. In some of the graduate courses offered by the academic support departments, mixed-level instruction occurs. In those cases where mixed-level instruction occurs, graduate and undergraduate course numbers and requirements are clearly differentiated. In all cases, graduate courses require some application of research.
Action Research Study
Students are required to successfully complete an action research study (EDUC 6320 and EDUC 6321 or COUN 6320 and Coun6321). The study proposal will include chapter one (introduction), chapter two (review of related literature), and chapter three (methodology). The results and discussion section will include chapter four (analysis of collected data) and chapter five (statement of conclusions of data analysis).
After completion of at least 24 graduate hours, the degree-seeking student must present an application for graduation to his or her academic advisor. Applications are available in the School of Education Office or online on the Graduation page.
To fulfill M.Ed. degree requirements, a total of 36 credit hours of graduate level courses, (48 hours for the Clinical Mental Health Track) must be completed with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (“B”) and not less than a “B” in each core course. No more than one “C” grade may be applied toward a degree. Degrees are conferred three times per year: May, August and December. Students must have completed all course requirements, the M.Ed. Comprehensive Examination or M.Ed. Capstone the action research thesis, and the teaching related experience prior to actual degree conferral and transcript posting. Counselor education students in the Clinical Mental Health Track are required to have successfully completed at least two years of the counselor- related work obligation. Work/teaching experience may be waived in special cases where students will not be entering education or Counseling careers with the approval of the Program Director.
We strongly encourage graduates to participate in the annual May commencement ceremonies. Since many graduates complete degree requirements during the summer, the Education Graduate Committee may approve participation in commencement ceremonies in the May preceding the summer of course completion. However, students must be short only nine (9) hours of course work prior to the May ceremonies. Such students must also have pre-registered for the remaining requirements to be completed during the summer term immediately following the ceremonies.
In order to graduate and participate in the May graduation ceremonies, candidates must file an Intent to Graduate form prior to February 15 for a May and August candidates or September 15 for December candidates.
A graduate student incurs scholastic probation when his/her GPA falls below 3.0 in any one semester. The student incurs dismissal when his/her GPA falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters. Probation applies only for the fall and spring semesters.
Since the majority of graduate students in Education are practicing professionals, the majority of graduate courses are offered in evening and summer sessions. Most professional education courses are offered at least one time during a two-year period. Students may not audit courses in the M.Ed. Program without the approval of the Dean.
All requirements for the M.Ed. degree must be completed within the eight-year time limit. This includes course work, action research study and two years experience in an educational and/or professional setting.
Field Experience Requirement
Prior to receiving the M.Ed. degree, candidates must have completed a minimum of two years experience in an educational and/or professional environment. The experience requirement may be fulfilled prior to entering the M.Ed. program. Exceptions and waivers may be appealed to the Education Graduate Committee.
Semester Hour Load
One of the desirable characteristics of advanced study is that students learn from each other through close association with faculty in a climate that stimulates research and scholarly effort. Advisors will guide students in planning schedules that provide sufficient uncommitted time available for creative study and research. A normal course load for a full-time graduate student during any one semester is nine credit hours.
Faculty-Student Research Program
This program provides the opportunity for students to work on research projects being conducted by the faculty. The student must agree to work 60-90 hours with the faculty on the project. In return the students receive a notation on their transcript that they participated in a faculty-student research project. Information on this program may be obtained from the students’ advisors.
Texas Education Agency Credentials
Graduate students may elect to pursue one of several possible professional certificates or supplemental certificates in conjunction with graduate work. Each program has separate requirements. Requirements are subject to change with new state regulations. Students may discuss their certification plans with the program advisor.