The Curriculum and Instruction program at West College of Education is committed to faculty and student participation in scholarly discourse on all issues related to teaching and learning and to exploring the relationship between theory and practice in a variety of educational contexts. The faculty value life-long learning, community, collaboration, diversity, inquiry, and reflection.
Toward this end, we are committed to enhancing the ability of professional educators to meet the needs of a changing society by providing an innovative, logically organized program of educational experiences that are framed by a coherent core of research and foundational knowledge and that model exemplary teaching strategies grounded in inquiry and reflective practice. The faculty are also committed to active engagement in scholarship, service, and outreach while seeking opportunities to examine and integrate diverse educational perspectives through university, community, and statewide collaboration.
The Master of Education degree with a major in curriculum and instruction is designed to develop professional skills and knowledge. The graduate program requires 36 semester hours and is a non-thesis program. Candidates are required to conduct an action research project and to write a formal report of that research to be approved by their graduate committee.
Comprehensive Written Examination: All candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive written examination. Candidates become eligible to take the comprehensive written examination when they have completed all required course work successfully or during the semester in which they will complete their course work (with the approval of the student's graduate committee). Candidates must complete the examination in the manner, on the date, and at the place specified by the college. Comprehensive written examinations will be offered each April, August, and November. Candidates have two attempts to successfully complete the comprehensive written exam.
The comprehensive written examination consists of 4 (essay) questions supplied by the candidate's graduate committee. These questions are drawn from the essential content of the candidate's degree program. Candidates are allowed 4 hours to complete the examination. Exams will be reviewed by the candidate's graduate committee and marked as either pass or fail. In the event of a failed exam, the candidate will receive detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement from the graduate committee.
*Basic computer application skills and permission of instructor required.
Resource Area: 6 hours of electives that provide support for teaching as approved by the program coordinator or EDLE 5676, School Change and Reform.
Minor*: 12 graduate hours from: Biology, Early Childhood Education, English, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, History, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Political Science, or Reading.
Minor*: 18 hours of a field taught in the public schools: Biology, English, History, Kinesiology, Master Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics, Political Science, Teacher Leadership, or Training and Development.
*See Minors and Teaching Endorsements section for prescribed courses. Mathematics minor requires 18 hours approved by chair. Students desiring a Master Mathematics Teaching certificate take the courses listed on page 92.
The Master of Education degree with a major in secondary education is designed to build professional skills and knowledge for the secondary classroom teacher. The Graduate Initial Teacher Certification is designed for persons who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. All candidates must meet University and West College of Education admission standards.
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program:
Persons who plan to pursue a master's degree must be admitted as a graduate degree-seeking student by the completion of their ninth graduate hour.
Core Requirements for Initial Teacher Certification:
Additional courses required for M.Ed.:
MASTER MATHEMATICS TEACHER PROGRAM (Grades 4-8): Completion of the following courses in mathematics education enables students holding a valid Texas teaching certificate to apply for professional certification as a Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 4-8) upon satisfactory completion of the state-mandated TExES requirement.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:
GIFTED AND TALENTED: This endorsement may be added to any valid Texas elementary, secondary, or all-level teaching certificate. Students may substitute two years of successful classroom teaching in an approved program for practicum. Twelve hours plus practicum or experience are required.