Master's Program


Master of Science in Engineering

The department offers an MS in Engineering, with a concentration (or track) in Engineering Education and Leadership (EEL). The department is supported in this role by the Center for Research in Engineering & Technology Education (CREaTE), which promotes and celebrates research that improves our understanding of student learning and excellence in teaching. CREaTE is a place where you can join in the exchange or ideas and information about student academic and professional development, as we inspire, innovate and influence engineering and leadership education.

Core Purpose

The core purpose of the MS in Engineering track in Engineering Education and Leadership is to provide innovative, practice-based, quality graduate engineering and leadership education to a diverse student population.

Vision

Our vision is for our diverse students to be best known for their advanced professional engineering education and leadership impact.

Mission

Our mission is to advocate and advance our students' scholarship and practice of engineering education and leadership.

Engineering Education and Leadership

The program seeks to extend educational access to a region that has been geographically isolated with limited economic and educational opportunities for many of its people. The graduate program concentration will ensure that graduates obtain the best education possible, one that is equal, and in some respects superior, to that of other institutions, so that UTEP's graduates will be competitive in the global marketplace. The program capitalizes on our bi-national location to create and maintain multicultural, inter-American educational and research collaborations among students, faculty, institutions, and industries, especially in northern Mexico.

Through the MSEng track the College of Engineering seeks to inspire, influence, and innovate engineering education and leadership studies.

Like UTEP's vision and mission, the MSEng program concentration in professional engineering education and leadership is dedicated to the advancement of the El Paso region through education, creative and entrepreneurial production, and the generation, interpretation, application and commercialization of technology, and the dissemination of engineering education knowledge. The program embraces its role as an intellectual, cultural and socioeconomic asset to the region, offering Engineering Education programs to meet human resource needs and contribute to the quality of life. The program prepares students to make significant contributions to their professions, their communities, and the world. Among our goals it is intended to support developing quality engineering teachers who are prepared to design and implement innovative math, science, engineering and technology (commonly called STEM) curricula that best serve diverse learners. This is an objective that we share in partnership with the UTEP College of Education.

Program Concentration Objectives

The objectives of the program concentration are to provide a foundation in engineering education and leadership issues, engineering education classroom research, and leadership practices.

Engineering Education and Leadership Core

The concentration consists of the following courses, which are included in the menu of MS in Engineering courses:

SUB

Course

TITLE

SCH

Type

Hyb/Online?

EEL

5310

Foundations of Engineering Education & Leadership

3-0-0

Lecture

Adaptable

EEL

5312

Design in Global Engineering Education & Leaders Practice

3-0-0

Lecture

Adaptable

EEL

5320

Engineering Education and Leadership Research Methods

3-0-0

Lecture

Adaptable

EEL

5322

Practicum in Engineering Education

3-0-0

Lecture

Adaptable

EEL

5390

Special Topics - Advances in Engineering Education and Leadership

3-0-0

Seminar

Adaptable

EEL

5395

Research in Engineering Education and Leadership

0-0-3

Ind Study

Adaptable

EEL

5396

Graduate Project in Engineering Education and Leadership

0-0-3

Ind Study

Adaptable

ENGR

5351

Engineering Fundamentals through Innovation

3

Lecture

Adaptable

ENGR 5352 Design and Systems Engineering Education 3 Lecture Adaptable
ENGR 5353 Strategies for Engineering Innovation 3 Lecture Adaptable
ENGR 5354 Sustaining Effective 7-12 Engineering Programs 3 Lecture Adaptable
ENGR 5355 Engineering Societal Impacts and Ethics 3 Lecture Adaptable
ENGR 5356 Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Engineering 3 Lecture Adaptable

The Engineering Education and Leadership concentration consists specifically of a student choosing:

  • Four (4) of five courses (EEL 5310, EEL 5312, EEL 5320, EEL 5322, EEL 5390) in the above menu, depending on the offerings each semester, and the teaching of special topics of interest to a student, and
  • One (1) of two capstone experience courses (EEL 5395, EEL 5396) depending upon the individual student interest and trajectory in professional engineering education practice.

The engineering education and leadership (EEL) emphasis is intended to develop quality engineering graduates who are prepared to design and implement innovative curricula that best serve diverse learners. The objective of the EEL master's program is to provide professional development on current engineering education issues, engineering classroom research and assessment skills, and leadership practices.

After successfully completing this course in the MS Eng program, students will be prepared to teach tertiary engineering courses, play leadership roles in STEM education (with a much-needed emphasis on the "E"), including lead professional development efforts in school communities, design and implement solutions to address educational issues, and develop measures to improve ongoing success in engineering education.

Further, completion of the degree plan including these courses provides a pathway for students to apply for, enter and pursue future doctoral degree opportunities in engineering education.

Additionally, completion of the courses in the degree plan coupled with optional education courses provides engineering students opportunities to become dual-credit certified teachers, allowing them to teach engineering courses in K-14; and in particular dual-credit courses in engineering in secondary schools and within the El Paso Community College (EPCC) engineering program.