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Graduate Studies in Secondary Education

Graduate Advisor:  Dr. Nathan Bond

Email:  NathanBond@txstate.edu

 


 

Mission Statement for the Secondary Education Program

Our mission is to prepare culturally responsive educators at an advanced level to meet the challenges of the 21st century by (a) enhancing instructional, leadership, inquiry, and collaborative expertise, (b) expanding knowledge, understanding, and application of current research, and (c) using technology to make advancements in the teaching-learning process.
 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

Overview of the Six Master’s Degrees in Secondary Education

 

Master of Education in Secondary Education with Teacher Certification

(When applying, look for this major code: E54SCED-CMED)

 

This degree is designed for students who are seeking a master’s degree and a teaching certificate. The 36-hour degree consists of 24 semester hours in the secondary education major and 12-15 hours in the composite minor or in a minor in another academic area. Students who are seeking a teaching certificate may be required to complete background courses before beginning graduate coursework. The graduate advisor for Secondary Education serves as the student's primary academic advisor for the major. If the minor is in another academic area, then an advisor from that discipline will oversee the minor part of the degree.

 

Major Courses

CI 5390

*Research Seminar in Education

CI 5314

Human Growth and Development II

CI 5333

The Secondary Curriculum

CI 5363

Strategies for Improving Secondary Teaching

CI 5370

Classroom Management, Discipline and Legal Issues

RDG 5324

Developing Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

EDTC 5310

Introduction to Educational Technology

CI 5306

**Evaluative Techniques for the Classroom Teacher

(* Must be successfully completed within the first 6 hours of enrollment)

(**Prerequisites -- Minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses: CI 5390, CI 5314, CI 5333, CI 5363, CI 5370, and RDG 5324. This course serves as the capstone course for the degree.)

 

 


Master of Education in Secondary Education

(When applying, look for this major code: E54SCED)

 

This degree is designed for practicing teachers who are seeking an advanced degree. Individuals who are already certified to teach in Texas may seek the master of education degree to improve their practice and grow professionally. Graduates of the program are prepared to serve as campus leaders, facilitators, decision makers, researchers, curriculum developers, peer coaches, mentors, and change agents. The 36-hour degree consists of 24 semester hours in the secondary education major and 12-15 hours in the composite minor or in a minor in another subject area. The graduate advisor for Secondary Education serves as the student's primary academic advisor. If the minor is in another academic area, then an advisor from that discipline will oversee the minor part of the degree.

 

Major Courses

CI 5390

*Research Seminar in Education

CI 5302

Practical Statistics for Educators

DE 5373

Grant Development and Management

CI 5339

Project-Based Instruction

EDTC 5310

Introduction to Educational Technology

CI 5389

**Action Research for Practitioners

 

Electives

6 hours of electives selected from the following list of courses with prior approval from the graduate advisor.

CI 5330

Multicultural Teaching and Learning

CI 5372

Philosophical Foundations of Education

CI 5383

Mentoring Across the Life Span

RDG 5324

Developing Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

EDTC 5334

Online Learning and Course Design

(*Must be successfully completed within the first 6 hours of enrollment)

(**Prerequisites -- Minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses:  CI 5390, CI 5302, plus 6 credit hours in the major. This course serves as the capstone course for the degree.)

 

 


Master of Education in Secondary Education, Dual Credit Concentration

(When applying, look for this major code: E54SCED-TDCC)

 

This degree is designed for practicing teachers who are seeking an advanced degree and who want to teach dual-credit courses (e.g., History, Math, English, etc.) at the high school level. Graduate students in this program complete 18 semester hours in the secondary education major and 18 hours in the minor in another subject area. The graduate advisor for Secondary Education serves as the student's primary academic advisor. If the minor is in another academic area, then an advisor from that discipline will oversee the minor part of the degree.

 

Major Courses

CI 5390

*Research Seminar in Education

CI 5302

Practical Statistics for Educators

DE 5373

Grant Development and Management

CI 5339

Project-Based Instruction

EDTC 5310

Introduction to Educational Technology

CI 5389

**Action Research for Practitioners

(*Must be successfully completed within the first 6 hours of enrollment)

(**Prerequisites -- Minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses: CI 5390, CI 5302, plus 6 credit hours in the major. This course serves as the capstone course for the degree.)

 

 


Master of Education in Secondary Education, Educational Technology Concentration

(When applying, look for this major code: E45SCED-TCHE)

 

This degree is designed for students seeking a master’s degree, a teaching certificate, and professional development to become a campus-level technology specialist. Graduates of the program are capable of establishing and directing a computer lab, providing in-service training for campus faculty, and developing grant proposals. The 39-hour degree consists of 27 semester hours in the secondary education major and 12 hours in the composite minor. The graduate advisor for Secondary Education serves as the student's primary academic advisor.

 

Major Courses

EDTC 5310

Introduction to Educational Technology

EDTC 5315

Advanced Educational Technology

EDTC 5325

Managing Educational Technology

EDTC 5330

Implementing Technology in Education

CI 5390

*Research Seminar in Education

CI 5314

Human Growth and Development II

CI 5333

The Secondary Curriculum

CI 5363

Strategies for Improving Secondary Teaching

Elective Course

3 hours from: CI 5306, CI 5336, CI 5370, RDG 5331, RDG 5340, SPED 5326, SPED 5327

(*Must be successfully completed within the first 6 hours of enrollment)

 

 


Master of Education in Secondary Education, Concentration in Talent Development

(When applying, look for this major code: E54SCED-SETD)

 

The degree supports individuals in school settings and in non-traditional educational settings by:

  • Encouraging the creative actions of youth, adults, and communities
  • Thinking critically about educational practices, policies, and trends
  • Encouraging the development of skillful practice and responsive and responsible actions
  • Increasing equity in education
  • Developing skills for changing their own practices
  • Enhancing well-being and engagement.

 

The degree consists of 36 semester hours and a culminating project. The knowledge, skills, and creativity developed through the program may be applied in a wide variety of careers. Talent Development graduates include classroom teachers, district curriculum specialists, campus instructional coaches, gifted education teachers, university instructors, and self-employed artists and web designers. Dr. Susan Field Waite serves as the academic advisor. More information may be found at http://www.education.txstate.edu/ci/talent/

 

Courses

CI 5309

Talent Development

CI 5310 or CI 5381

CI 5310 - Creativity: Theories, Research, and Applications

CI 5381 - Advanced Creativity, Curiosity, and Interest

CI 5383

Mentoring Across the Life Span

CI 5359 or CI 5368

CI 5359 - Curriculum for Depth and Challenge

CI 5368 - The Politics and Creativity of Being and Becoming

CI 5311

Practicum in Talent Development

CI 5330 or CI 5388

CI 5330 - Multicultural Teaching and Learning

CI 5388 - Politics of Language

CI 5390

*Research Seminar in Education

DE 5373 or CI 5389

DE 5373 - Grants Development and Management

CI 5389 - Action Research for Practitioners

EDCL 5339 or EDTC 5310

 or CI 5339

EDCL 5339 - Developing a Personal Vision of Leadership

EDTC 5310 - Introduction to Educational Technology

CI 5339 Project-Based Instruction

Minor courses

Graduate minor of nine hours or more

(*Must be successfully completed within the first 6 hours of enrollment)

 

 


Master of Arts in Secondary Education

(When applying, look for this major code: E80SCED)

 

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who want advanced professional development and of students who want to pursue a doctoral degree. The M.A. is not recommended for students who are seeking a teaching certificate. The 30-hour degree includes 21 semester hours in the secondary education major and a 9 semester hours in the cognate minor in a closely related field or a minor in another academic area. Six hours of thesis work are included in the 21 hours. A guide for preparing and submitting a thesis is available from the Graduate College. The graduate advisor for Secondary Education serves as the student’s primary academic advisor. The student, in consultation with the graduate advisor, chooses an advisor and a committee for the thesis at the beginning of the program. The research interests of the student and the thesis advisor should match.

 

Special admission criteria for this degree:

  • 3.40 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies. Students who do not meet the criteria but have a GPA between a 3.25 and 3.39 in the last 60 hours may be admitted with conditions.
  • Prospective students must submit a one-page essay that describes their research interests.

 

Major Courses

CI 5390

*Research Seminar in Education

CI 5302

Practical Statistics for Educators

CI 5339 or RDG 5324

CI 5339 - Project-Based Instruction

RDG 5324 - Developing Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

CI 5389 or DE 5373

CI 5389 - Action Research for Practitioners

DE 5373 Grant Development and Management

CI 5306 or SPED 5326

CI 5306 Evaluative Techniques for the Classroom Teacher

SPED 5326 Educating Students with Mild Disabilities

CI 5399A

Thesis

CI 5399B

Thesis

(*Must be successfully completed within the first 6 hours of enrollment)

 

 

Updated November 11, 2016