Master's Programs

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education (30 hours) is a collegewide degree. It is designed to prepare students to pursue research and to continue studies beyond the master's degree. Students in the Master of Arts in Education submit a thesis and do not take a comprehensive exam. The Master of Arts involves:

  • A plan of study with 24 semester hours of coursework
  • Thesis proposal that describes research and approved by the committee
  • Thesis research for six semester hours
  • Successful defense of the thesis to faculty committee

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Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction

This program requires 36 semester hours. Students may choose to concentrate course work in the areas of bilingual education, early childhood education, educational technology, math education and science education. Students who wish to focus in other subject areas may select courses from other UTEP departments with Graduate faculty approval.  Each student will have a Graduate Faculty Adviser to assist in developing the degree plan. All Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction plans include the following:

  • Professional Development Core: TED 5300, 5301, 5302 and 5304
  • Specialization Area: At least 12 semester hours of graduate level courses in a concentration area (e.g. Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Science/Math Education)
  • Resource Area: six semester hours in courses approved for graduate credit, which provide support for the academic specialization area or for professional development
  • Electives: six semester hours in courses approved for graduate credit

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Master of Education in Reading Education

The M.Ed. in Reading Education prepares teachers, instructional coaches, and other professionals to become specialists and leaders in K-12 literacy education. The plan of study follows State Board of Educator Certification guidelines for the All-Levels Reading Specialist Certificate as well as preparation for the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certification. The program includes the following:

  • Professional Development: TED 5300, 5301, 5302, and 5304
  • Reading Specialization: At least 12 semester credit hours in literacy, including RED 5300 (Foundations of Literacy Education)
  • Resource Area: six semester credit hours in courses that support the specialization
  • Electives: three additional semester credit hours

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Master of Education in Higher Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Administration with an emphasis in higher education requires the completion of 36 semester hours of graduate credit work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to avoid academic probation. The program’s goals are to meet the needs of current and emergent educational leaders in post-secondary education across the nation. The program encourages an intensive study of policies and organizational issues in higher education that will assist future leaders, administrators, researchers and policy analysts. Minimum credit hours shall be distributed in the following way:

  • Higher Education Core (18 credit hours)
  • Research, Design, and Methodology (six credit hours)
  • Electives (six credit hours)
  • (M.Ed.) (six credit hours)

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Master of Education K-12

Students interested in the K-12 setting are welcomed to participate in our programs at the master’s level where educational opportunities provide a solid foundation and knowledge base for roles in central office or school site leadership. Students interested in developing the specific skills, knowledge, and disposition of K-12 educational leaders would best benefit from the M.Ed. as it provides foundation courses, administration experience, and internships to support the develop of leadership in action.

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Master of Education in School Counseling

The School Counseling program prepares students to become elementary or secondary school counselors. Students become familiar with school counseling services and develop the competencies required of counseling specialists in the schools. This program meets Texas specifications for school counselor certification and the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

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Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for counseling positions in various community agencies such as mental health centers, family counseling centers, social service agencies, and private counseling settings. This program meets the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum And Instruction With A Concentration In Early Childhood Education (Online)

  • 100 percent online degree program.
  • Instructional specialist curriculum with a concentration in early childhood education subjects.
  • Convenient and flexible for working teachers.
  • 36-credit, nonthesis master’s degree.

The University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Education is committed to helping you reach your goals in the field of early childhood education. We apply innovative learning techniques to curriculum based on established research to help prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The flexible, convenient online format is perfect for working teachers, especially new teachers who may have heavy demands on their time.

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M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in bilingual education (online)

  • 100 percent online bilingual education degree program.
  • Instructional specialist curriculum with a concentration in bilingual education.
  • 36-credit, nonthesis master’s degree.
  • Convenient, flexible program for working teachers.
  • Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

UTEP’s College of Education is committed to helping you reach your goals for providing excellent service to schools and public agencies, especially those in multicultural communities. We believe in making continuing education accessible and affordable for you. The flexibility and convenience of this online degree is perfect for working teachers who juggle their many teaching responsibilities with personal commitments.

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