Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with (7-12) Certification

Program Description

The HBU program is field based and requires that students spend time in secondary schools. If a student is interested in clinical (student) teaching then it involves working all day for 12-15 weeks in a secondary school classroom.

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 Secondary Education leads both to the MEd degree and to state certification in Middle Grades (grades 4-8) or High School (grades 7-12). In order to teach a particular subject, a student must have a minimum of 24 hours in the desired teaching field. This is determined for each individual based upon an analysis of transcripts and specified as a "certification plan."

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.


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.

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:
  • Grades 4-8 (Social Studies, or English Language Arts and Reading)
  • Grades 7-12 (English Language Arts and Reading, Composite Social Studies, History, Foreign Languages, Speech, and Journalism)
  • All Level grades EC-12 (Physical Education, Art, Spanish or Music)
    • At least 12 hours of university coursework in these certifications:


  • Grades 4-8 (Math and Science)
  • Grades 7-12 (Math and Science)
    • At least 15 hours of university coursework in these certifications

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
EDUC 5101 & 5201 Internship I & II OR
EDUC 5371 Clinical Teaching the EC-6 Classroom
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