Master of Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with All-Level Certification in Art, Spanish, Music or Kinesiology

 Program Description

Throughout the program, graduate students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and teachers in elementary and secondary school settings. The College of Education has close ties with area schools and school districts. This relationship with area schools means that students benefit from the practical experiences and the professional opportunities available. Most graduates are employed in Houston-area schools. Employment opportunities vary according to teaching field.

The HBU program is field based and requires that students spend time in elementary and secondary schools. Students are required to complete clinical teaching (12-15 weeks full time in the schools) or complete a year long internship as teacher of record in an accredited TEA district, charter school or private school.

In addition to this course work (with no grade lower than a C) and successful completion of the comprehensive exams, certification requires clinical (student) teaching or an approved equivalent and successful completion of state certification exams.

The graduate program in All-Level Education leads both to the MEd degree and to state certification. In order to teach a particular subject, a student must have a minimum of 12 hours depending on the teaching field. This is determined for each individual based upon an analysis of transcripts and specified as a "certification plan."

Students may apply for certification when they have successfully completed the support courses, teaching field courses, professional education courses, and state required TExES exams (in pedagogy and professionalism and in content area). This may occur before the degree is earned. All thirty-six (36) hours & successful completion of a written comprehensive exam are required for the degree


In addition to being accepted into the University Master's of Education Program, a student must be accepted into the Graduate Teacher Education Program which requires a 2.75 GPA Undergraduate or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of university coursework.

As the student enters the program, a written certification plan is developed. This plan is created for each student individually, based on a personal conference and analysis of undergraduate transcripts.

HBU offers certification programs in the following areas:

All certifications require a bachelor's degree from an accredited university as well as the following coursework requirements:
  • All Level grades EC-12 (Physical Education, Art, Spanish or Music)
    • At least 12 hours of university coursework in these certifications:


Course Syllabi

All-Level Art, Spanish, Music, Kinesiology

EDUC 6304 Children, Adolescents, and Learning 3
EDUC 6315 American Educational Reform 3
EDUC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures 3
EDRE 5330 Content Reading Area 3
EDSP 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDUC 5306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDUC 5320 Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers 3
EDUC 6301 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 6302 Elementary School Curriculum 3
  3/6 hours of approved graduate electives in education.  Potential elective areas of study: ESL, SPED, TECHNOLOGY, READING (EDBI, EDSP, EDUC, EDRE) 3(6)
  3/6 hours of Clinical Teaching (EDUC 5396/5393, EDUC 5384/5385, EDUC 5394/5397, EDUC 5398 OR EDUC 5101 & 5102 - Internship I & II 3