Master of Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with Middle and Secondary Certifications

Program Description

The graduate program in Secondary Education leads both to the MEd degree and to state certification in Middle Grades (grades 4-8) or High School (grades 8-12 or 6-12). In order to teach a particular subject, a student must have a minimum of 12 hours in that teaching field. This is determined for each individual based upon an analysis of transcripts and specified as a "certification plan."

Possible teaching fields for 4-8 Certification include the following:
  • Composite Science
  • Composite Social Studies
  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • Mathematical Studies

Teaching fields for 8-12 Certifications include the following:
  • Communication*
  • Composite Science
  • Composite Social Studies
  • English Language Arts
  • French*
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Life Science
  • Mathematical Studies
  • Physical Science
  • Spanish*
*These programs may continue to lead to grades 6-12 certification (instead of 8-12) until new content area certification tests are developed for these areas.

Advantages and Opportunities

Throughout the program, graduate students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and teachers in 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.

Course Syllabi

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 6312 Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction 3
EDRE 5330 Content Area Reading 3
EDSP 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children 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). Six (6) hours of student teaching may be required for initial certification students. These can be counted as part of the required elective hours 9
Total 36


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 two years of full-time teaching in an accredited Texas School for student teaching.
In addition to this course work (with no grade lower than a C) and successful completion of the comprehensive exams, certification requires student teaching or an approved equivalent and successful completion of state certification exams.