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

Program Description

The All-Level Education program leads to Texas State certification in either all-level art, kinesiology (physical education), or music. Students complete the program with a teaching field specialization in one of those areas. In order to meet the requirement of the state to teach art, kinesiology, or music, one would have to have at least 12 hours documented on their transcript of coursework in their desired teaching area. To qualify to teach in the area of special education, your graduate coursework will provide you with the 12 hours necessary to meet the state’s requirement.

Advantages and Opportunities

Throughout the program, students develop knowledge and skills through working with children and teachers in elementary school settings. Because the College of Education maintains close ties with area schools and school districts, including six professional development and technology schools, students benefit from the practical experiences and the professional opportunities available. Most graduates of this program are employed in Houston-area schools.

Course Syllabi

All-Level Special Education

All-Level Art, Music or Physical Education

EDUC 6304 Children, Adolescents, and Learning 3
EDUC 6315 American Educational Reform 3
EDUC 6320 Research techniques and Procedures 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
EDSP 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDRE 5330 Content Area Reading 3
9 hrs of approved graduate electives in education; if seeking initial certification, graduate electives must include student teaching. Potential electives areas of study: ESL, TECHNOLOGY, READING (EDBI, EDSP, EDUC, EDRE, EDAD, and EPSY) 9
Total 36


This program leads to both an MEd degree and Texas state teacher certification. It requires:

  • Acceptance into the Master of Education Program, and the Teacher Education Program. This includes the following:
    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • Master of Education Program application AND
    • Teacher Education Program Admission application
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher based on all university coursework attempted OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours of university coursework
    • THEA scores: program scores include Writing -220; Math - 230; and Reading - 230 or higher

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.

The HBU program is field based and requires that students spend time in elementary schools. If a student is interested in student teaching then it involves working all day for 12 weeks in an elementary school classroom. Students may substitute two years of full-time teaching in an accredited Texas School for student teaching.

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.