Master of Education with Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Generalist Certification

Program Description

The HBU program is field based and requires that students spend time in elementary schools. If a student is interested in clinical (student) teaching then it involves working all day for 12-15 weeks in a elementary 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 Elementary Education leads both to the MEd degree and to state certification in Early Childhood through 6th grade.

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

All certifications require a bachelor's degree from an accredited university as well as the following coursework requirements:
  • Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Grade 6)
    • At least six hours each of university coursework in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science with a total of 24 hours.

Course Syllabi

EDUC 6304 Children, Adolescents, and Learning 3
EDUC 5101 & 5201 Internship I & II OR
EDUC 5371 Clinical Teaching the EC-6 Classroom
EDUC 6320 Research techniques and Procedures 3
EDBI 5304 Methods of Teaching ESL 3
EDUC 5306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDUC 5350 Science for Pre-Adolescents 3
EDUC 5360 Essential Elements of Math 3
EDUC 5375 Essential Elements of Fine Arts and PE/Health 3
EDUC 5380 Essential Elements of Social Studies 3
EDUC 6301 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 6302 Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction 3
EDRE 5310 Reading & Writing for Pre-Adolescents 3
EDSP 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
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