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Curriculum and Instruction

MEd-Curriculum and Instruction  (MED-CINS) for certified teachers
MS-Curriculum and Instruction   (MS-CINS) seeking initial teacher certification as part of the master's degree

MEd-Curriculum and Instruction with English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialization

MS-Curriculum and Instruction with Bilingual Education Specialization

The Master's of Education degree (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction is for certified teachers interested in the improvement of classroom teaching through advanced studies in the content and methodology of subjects taught in elementary classrooms. The major in curriculum and instruction, available primarily to experienced classroom teachers, prepares graduates to (1) improve student engagement and teaching effectiveness and (2) qualify for leadership positions in settings for which the master's degree is required.

A graduate with a major in curriculum and instruction should possess knowledge of the research and literature in elementary education, curriculum and instructional design in subjects taught in elementary schools, effective teaching practices, and the teaching of students who are culturally diverse.

Applicants for the MS in Curriculum and Instruction must also apply for the PBTC (Post Baccalaureate Teacher/Alternative Certification program).  It requires students to complete a minimum of two (2) non-alternative certification courses, maintain a 3.0 or above graduate GPA prior to applying for the PBTC program.  Once the graduate courses are completed, please complete and submit the ACP application.  There is an additional $50 application fee required for the ACP application.

  • The courses for this program are available only online (no face-to-face courses).  This program is not available to international students. 

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Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • One of the following:

    • Valid teaching certificate (MED applicants)
    • Passing PPR, ExCet, or TExES scores or
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • MS/MA applicants may submit the PACT or PRAXIS
  • Resume(Vita)
  • Statement of Goals:  1-2 pages, up to 500 words.  
    Address career objectives and how the master's degree
    will help you meet those goals.

  • If you are applying to the program above and are an H1B or H4 applicant, please contact the Graduate School for details at  

    H4 applicants will be required to submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS in addition to the admission documents listed above.

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.