MEd with Certification in EC-12 Special Education and EC-6 Content

Program Description

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

The HBU program is field based and requires that students spend time in elementary and secondary schools. Students are required to complete clinical teaching (12-15 weeks full time in the schools) or complete a year long internship as teacher of record in an accredited TEA district, charter school or private school.

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 All-Level Special Education with EC-6 Generalist leads both to the MEd degree and to state certification. Students may apply for certification when they have successfully completed the coursework, 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 forty-eight (48) hours & successful completion of a written comprehensive exam are required for the degree.


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 three hours each of university coursework in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science with a total of 12 hours.

Course Syllabi -  

EDUC 6304 Children, Adolescents, and Learning (MEd Core Course) 3
EDUC 6315 American Educational Reform 3
EDUC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures (MEd Core Course) 3
EDUC 5306 Educational applications of Technology 3
EDUC 5360 Essential Elements of Math 3
EDUC 6302 Elementary School Curriculum and Instruction 3
EDRE 5310 Reading for Pre-Adolescents 3
EDSP 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 5311 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 5319 Teaching Strategies in Special Education 3
EDSP 5335 Growth, Abnormalities, Identification, and Evaluation of Early Childhood 3
EDBI 5304 Methods of Teaching ESL 3
EDSP 5302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDUC 5375 Essential Elements of Fine Arts 3
EDUC 5350 Science for Pre-Adolescents 3
EDUC 5380 Essential Elements of Social Studies 3
EDUC 6301 Classroom Management - Internship I 3
EDUC 5101 and EDUC 5201 Internship II Or 3
EDUC 53XX Clinical Teaching in the EC-6 AND
Special Education Classroom
  TOTAL 45