This course of study leads to the Master of Science in Teaching degree with an emphasis in elementary, secondary, or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Procedural Steps for Master's degree:
- The student must apply for and be admitted to a degree program through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
- The student must apply for candidacy in conference with the advisor prior to enrollment in his/her 12th hour of coursework.
- The student must petition the Graduate and Continuing Studies Office to graduate.
The admission criteria for the Master's Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Elementary, Secondary, or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) include the following:
- The student will have a GPA of at least 3.00 in the undergraduate major.
- The student will submit two completed recommendation forms.
- International students must check with graduate website for requirements.
- Students may be granted probationary admission by maintaining a 3.30 grade point average during the first nine hours of coursework.
The student must have at least a 3.00 GPA at the midpoint (12 hours) of his or her program.
- Students who pursue the emphasis in Elementary or Secondary Education must complete a written comprehensive examination.
- Students who pursue the emphasis in English for Speakers of Other Languages complete a portfolio.
Students may choose from two different plans when pursuing their master's degree, Option I or Option III, both of which are described in the University Catalog. For the Elementary and Secondary emphasis areas, Option I requires a minimum of 30 credit hours which includes a thesis. Option III requires a minimum of 33 hours, consisting of twelve hours minimum in or outside the College of Education, by advisement, to develop an emphasis or endorsement area, plus the 21 hour core. For the ESOL emphasis, Option I requires a minimum of 36 hours. Option III requires a minimum of 36 hours.
A research component is demonstrated through successful completion of TCHL 891 Methods of Research and through written comprehensive examinations and/or portfolio assessments. Students with strong academic records who plan to do advanced work beyond the master's degree are encouraged to follow Option I which includes a thesis. Upon recommendation of the major advisor, the candidate may elect Option III.