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Online Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Texas Teacher Certification (M.A.)

  • Introduction

    The curriculum and instruction Texas teacher certification program offers a graduate-level degree for those who would like to obtain their teaching certificate. This program provides you with critical knowledge to connect scholarship, research and professional practice to teach a diverse student population.

    Courses are offered online on an eight-week basis, five times a year. For more information about applying for admission, visit the College of Graduate Studies website.

    Separate from degrees, students may apply to take courses toward only their teacher certification. Please visit our Graduate Level Texas Teacher Certification page for more information. 

  • Prerequisites
  • Degree Plan
    Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Texas Teacher Certification
    42 Credit Hours



    EDG 6300 Curriculum Development


    EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences


    EDG 6302 Tests and Measurements


    EDG 6303 Lifespan Development 


    EDG 6304 Applied Research


    EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles


    EDG 6311 Instructional Supervision


    EDG 6312 Learning Theories


    EDG 6315 Content Area Instruction


    EDG 6316 Instructional Issues


    Six hours of electives or completion of certification plan with advisor approval


    Education 5360 Teaching Internship (twice)


    The course hours for this degree program are the same as the advanced instructor program with the addition of EDG 5360, which must be taken twice. To be eligible to take EDG 5360, students must have a passing score on the appropriate TExES subject area test.

    As a summative requirement for the degree, candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive program review with a committee of graduate faculty.

  • Courses
    • EDG 6316 Instructional Issues: Theory and Practice (3-0). Designed to explore the theory and practice of effective instructional practices in diverse classrooms. Focus on research relevant to factors influencing instructional effectiveness and the interaction among instructional and learning variables. Includes current issues in instruction such as instructional technology and others.

    • EDG 6315 Content Area Instruction (3-0). A course designed to study higher level thinking skill development in the content areas for diverse classrooms. Includes unit preparation, evaluation of curriculum materials, adapting learning experiences, theories and techniques of literacy, internet applications and assessments.

    • EDG 6312 Learning Theories (3-0). Learn to apply evidence-based instructional methods through the study of incidence and etiology of different learning styles.

    • EDG 6311 Instructional Supervision (3-0). Designed to acquaint students with current literature regarding instructional supervision including such topics as theories of leadership, communication, change, organization, and decision making.

    • EDG 6305 Legal and Ethical Principles (3-0). Explores the field of knowledge of federal, state, and local school laws pertinent to educational administration. Includes a study of ethics and codes of ethics used to facilitate effective decision making.

    • EDG 6304 Applied Research (3-0). This course will focus on collecting and interpreting data to achieve a stated educational goal for each individual student. Concepts of tests and measurements will be emphasized for interpreting research results and gathering data for applied research. Students will develop a project based upon their research. Student will apply concepts learned within their own classroom under the guidance of the professor.

    • EDG 6303 Lifespan Development (3-0). A study of human development through the life span, including social, emotional, cognitive, language, and cultural influences.

    • EDG 6302 Tests and Measurements (3-0). A study of typical methods of measuring intelligence, achievement, special aptitudes, and personality. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and use of tests. Elementary statistical terms and processes are studied.

    • EDG 6301 Social and Cultural Influences (3-0). Designed to present a broad base of knowledge about culture and learning. Approaches, materials, and research will be investigated. Specific skills for identifying learning problems and solving them through classroom instruction will be featured.

    • EDG 6300 Curriculum Development (3-0). Learn to analyze and design curriculum appropriate for all students using feedback from continuous and appropriate assessment. Curriculum will be based on valid learning theories, have clear goals and objectives, consider student diversity, and account for external influences.

    • EDG 5360 Teaching Internship (0-0-3). Supervised practice in applying instructional skills in organized settings. (May be repeated once for credit.) Grading will be either pass or fail.