Master of Arts in Education
The Master of Arts in Education (30 hours) is a college-wide degree that prepares 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 describing research and approved by the committee.
- Thesis research for six semester hours.
- Successful defense of the thesis to the faculty committee.
Students work with their Graduate Adviser to develop the plan of study. They select a committee of at least three professors (one of whom is outside the department) to guide the thesis study. The 36 semester hours of coursework and thesis described above must be completed within six years.
Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
This program requires 36 semester hours. Students may choose to concentrate coursework in the areas of bilingual education, early childhood education, educational technology, math education or science education. Students who wish to focus on 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, 5313 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
- Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction
- Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction in Bilingual Education
- Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood
- Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Technology
We also offer two fully-online concentrations through UTEP Connect:
Master of Education in Literacy Education (Effective Fall 2018)
The M.Ed. in Literacy 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, 5313, 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
- Graduation requirements: Successful completion of the literacy practicum (RED 5349) or comprehensive exams.
Please note that a degree program is not the same as a certificate program. This catalog does not include information on teacher certification requirements. The College of Education Certification Office and the department’s Graduate Adviser can provide more information in this area.
Courses included in a program for a first teaching certificate typically are not applied toward a graduate degree. Courses included in a program for advanced certificates may be applied toward a graduate degree, and most can be combined with a graduate degree program.
For information about undergraduate degree plans that lead to certification, visit the program website.
For information on our Alternative Certification program, visit the program website.
Master Teacher Certifications:
The Department of Teacher Education provides preparation coursework for Texas Master Teacher Certification programs. These certification programs were developed as part of the Texas Master Teacher Initiatives (TExMAT), which offer educators assistance to improve student performance in the discipline. The certificates were designed to prepare teachers to teach in critical areas at the elementary, middle, or high school level and to mentor, coach and consult with other teachers in these areas as well. The Master Certification programs are:
- Master Mathematics Teacher (MMT)
- Master Reading Teacher (MRT)
- Master Technology Teacher (MTT)
- Master Science Teacher (MST)
The Teacher Education department offers the coursework to prepare teachers for Texas Master Teacher certification. This coursework ranges from 15-24 hours of graduate-level courses designed specifically to meet the state standards. The courses taken for the MMT, MRT, or MTT certification may, if all graduate school requirements are met, be applied toward a Master's degree in education. Students may enroll in the Master Teacher certification programs at UTEP at any time. State certification for one of the master teacher programs requires three years teaching experience, successful completion of the master teacher program, and a passing score on the appropriate Texas Master Teacher exam.