Master of Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Certification
This program leads to an MEd degree and Texas state teacher certification. It is a field-based program that prepares students to teach early childhood through grade six. Students will be given the opportunity to learn more about how to identify and teach students with special needs, and will gain expertise in developing creative and rigorous curriculum and assessment in the areas of language arts, math, social studies, science, and technology integration. If desired, the teacher candidate can also do a semester of student teaching to enhance their classroom experiences.
Advantages and Opportunities
Throughout the program, students develop knowledge and skills through working with children and teachers in elementary school settings. Because the School of Education maintains close ties with area schools and school districts students benefit from the practical experiences and the professional opportunities available. Most graduates of this program are employed in Houston-area schools.
In addition to being accepted into the University graduate program, which requires a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher, students must be admitted to both the Teacher Education and Master of Education Programs. They must successfully complete all sections of the THEA, with a 230 or higher on the reading portion.
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 one years of full-time teaching in an accredited Texas School for student teaching.