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Graduate Studies in Elementary Education

Graduate Elementary Education

The Graduate Elementary Education program at Texas State University-San Marcos offers advanced studies in curriculum, teaching, and learning at the levels of early childhood through middle grades education (EC-8th grade). Specialization options within the major allow individuals to focus more deeply on a particular area of interest while still interacting within a larger community of intellectual inquiry in education. We welcome both experienced and prospective teachers to explore the different degree plan options that are available. If you're passionate about teaching, learning, and making a difference, consider one of the Master's degree programs in Elementary Education at Texas State.

Areas of Study

Elementary Education (36 hours)
Graduate Elementary Education at Texas State includes early childhood through eighth grade.

The M.Ed. degree program in Elementary Education that does not lead to initial teacher certificaiton typically consists of 24 semester hours in Elementary Education plus a minor of 12 or more hours in an approved area, such as Gifted/Talented or Reading. It is also possible to earn a Master of Arts with a major in Elementary Education. The M.A. degree in Elementary Education, which requires a written thesis, typically consists of 30 semester hours in Elementary Education plus an additional six semester hours of thesis credit.

The Certification with Master of Education Degree (CMED)  program combines initial teaching certification (EC-6 ESL or Bilingual or 4-8 Generalist, English LA/RDG/SS, Math, or Science) with a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education. The CMED program includes a Methods and Materials cognate instead of a minor.

The Teacher Recruitment Program combines initial teaching certification (EC-6 ESL) with a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education.

Elementary Education - Bilingual/Bicultural (36 or 45 hours)
The degree program in Elementary Education-Bilingual Bicultural is designed for bilingual and bi-literate (Spanish and English) individuals interested in teaching in bilingual education programs in grades pre-kindergarten through grade six, including two-way dual language immersion programs. Graduate students in the field of bilingual education help meet an area of critical shortage as cited by the Texas Education Agency, and are prepared to teach students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds applying appropriate and sustaining pedagogical approaches that offer students access to excellence and equity in schooling. Texas certified teachers can choose from two degree program options, a Master of Arts or a Master of Education degree program.  Individuals seeking initial teaching certification in bilingual education may enroll in a Master of Education with certification degree program known as MEd- EC6 Bilingual Generalist.

Elementary Education - Talent Development (36 or 30 hours)
Master's programs in Talent Development have been designed for teachers who seek to continue their professional growth in education and want the stimulation and support of taking classes with other certified teachers. Teachers in this program typically want to grow in new ways, but they are not interested in becoming a school principal or assistant principal in the near future. They want to further develop their own talents and learn how to support talent development in their students and fellow teachers. Graduate students in Talent Development develop advanced-level knowledge and skills for the continued improvement of teaching practices, for the increase of equity in education, and for thinking critically and imaginatively about educational practices, policies, and trends.  Click here to go to the Talent Development website.  

Elementary Education - Mathematics/Master Mathematics Teacher Certification
The goal of this program is to increase effective math, science, and technology teaching by increasing the number of Texas teachers who are master teachers and who hold a Master's of Education in Mathematics. Program participants are certified EC-4 teachers with a least two years of teaching experience, who are recommended by a school district.   Click HERE for more Information 

Teacher Fellows
This accelerated mentoring and induction program allows students to complete a Master's degree in 15 months. Application to this cohort program is open to first-year and second-year beginning teachers who are already certified in EC-6. The program, which has long-standing partnerships with many school districts in the central Texas area, provides an integrated curriculum that is focused on principles of constructivist learning, teacher research, project-based learning, diversity, and performance assessment.

Certification with a Master of Education degree (CMED)

Students who wish to earn Texas teacher certification while working towards a master’s degree may pursue the CMED program.  Certification in EC-6 ESL, EC-6 Bilingual, 4-8 Generalist, 4-8 Math, 4-8 Science, and 4-8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies are available in this program option. The M.Ed. program in Elementary Education with certification requirements (CMED) consists of 36 semester hours of coursework followed by a semester of student teaching. Most CMED Courses are offered in the evenings on the Texas State main campus with many courses also offered on the Round Rock campus. Typically students in the EC-6 program will be able to take all of the required CMED coursework at the Round Rock campus.

Before applying for admission into the graduate college, interested students should visit this website the Office of Educator Preparation website for more information.

Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) Certification with Master’s degree

The Teacher Recruitment Program is an accelerated teacher preparation program that prepares well-qualified mid-career adults to earn a teaching certificate within 2 long semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) combining 18 credit hours of graduate work plus a field-based semester assisting in a local pubic school and a full semester of student teaching.  Participants may take an additional 6 graduate courses to earn a master's degree (MEd.) in either Elementary or Secondary Education.  The first two long semester course work is mostly daytime because of the strong school-based fieldwork.  The additional coursework for the semester can be taken in the evenings or during the summer semester.   Click here for more information.




For admission as a Master's degree student, as a Certification with Master of Education Degree (CMED) student, or as a non-degree-seeking graduate student: 

·  Apply for admission through the Texas State Graduate College. Students must have a 2.75 or higher GPA on their last 60 undergraduate hours. The GRE is not required at this time. Further admissions information is available at the Graduate College website.

·  Upon receipt of an acceptance letter into Graduate School, students should contact Dr. Cheryll Dennis (Graduate Elementary Education Advisor) at, as instructed in the acceptance letter. Additional information regarding the Master's degree program will be provided at that time. 

Certification, field experience, and student teaching questions are handled by the Office of Educator Preparation.

General questions or concerns related to graduate studies in Elementary Education, such as questions related to the Master's comprehensive examination (taken near the end of coursework), may be directed to Dr. Cheryll Dennis (Graduate Elementary Education Advisor) at  


Written Comprehensive Examination Information

Graduate students who are seeking a masters degree and are enrolled in their last semester of graduate classes can find information on the mandatory written comprehensive examination at the following link: Click here

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