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Whether you are aspiring to teach Early Childhood through 6th grade, or 4th through 8th grade at Texas State University in San Marcos, we have a variety of Elementary graduate CMED programs from which you can choose as you begin your journey toward a teaching career. In the College of Education we are committed to helping our students achieve their goals as they begin and continue their education in becoming teachers.


If you have selected this webpage, you have begun to consider choosing Education for your major and graduate study as your aim for higher learning. What an opportunity to enter a program that offers earning a Master’s degree while also pursuing teacher certification! Let’s look at some top reasons why you will want to choose Texas State University and its College of Education:

  • The Department of Curriculum & Instruction has a superior and caring faculty.


  • Our Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited.


  • There are teaching jobs available. As more and more teachers are reaching retirement age and student populations are increasing, positions are opening.


  • Students who have been accepted into a master’s program are eligible to apply for the Graduate College Scholarships for Master’s Students.  If they were to be awarded a scholarship it would start in the fall.


  • We offer an array of program choices listed below.
  • EC-6 ESL: Choosing this specialization (certification) prepares one with skills to work with English Language Learners. The program does not require learning languages other than English. However, many of the courses focus on skills a teacher will need in order to teach effectively in today’s diverse classrooms. There are many school districts that hire only teachers with an ESL endorsement for their lower grade campuses.  Contact the Elementary Education Graduate Advisor – for EC-6 ESL program information.


  • EC-6 Bilingual: Choosing this specialization prepares you to teach teach emergent bilinguals and students learning English as a second language in a Bilingual Education classroom. In order to pursue this certification, you must be proficient in academic Spanish (must be able to read, write and speak academic Spanish). Contact Dr. Charise Pimentel, Graduate Advisor and Program Coordinator for Bilingual Bicultural Education, at for information.
    (Click HERE for Course Overview/Requirements for M.Ed. in Elementary Education-Bilingual/Bicultural with Certification)

4-8: There are a number of programs from which you may choose, as shown below:
  • 4-8 Generalist
  • 4-8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
  • 4-8 Math
  • 4-8 Science

Contact the Elementary Education Graduate Advisor – for information on the 4-8 CMED programs.

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 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies 4-8 Math, 4-8 Science, and are available in this program option. The Master of Education in Elementary Education (MEd) 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 ( and review the information about the certification that is earned along with the master’s degree.

Written Comprehensive Examination Information

Graduate students who are seeking a master’s 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