M.Ed.: Master of Education with Specialization in EC-6 Bilingual Generalist with Initial Certification
This program leads to both the MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction and EC-6 Bilingual teacher certification. This certification permits one to teach all subjects in a Bilingual education classroom from early childhood through grade six. 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.
Throughout the program, graduate students develop knowledge and skills through working with students and teachers in Bilingual 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 of Education Program, a student must be accepted into the Graduate Educator Preparation Program (EPP) which requires a 2.75 GPA for Undergraduate coursework or a 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:
- EC-6 Bilingual Education (Early Childhood-Grade 6) At least three hours each of documented undergraduate university coursework in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science with a total of 12 hours.
- Proficiency is speaking and reading both English and Spanish. Students will be required to pass the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test in Spanish to earn Texas state teacher certification.