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Graduate Minors

Wondering about graduate minors?

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The M.Ed. degree programs in Secondary Education-Talent Development and Elementary Education-Talent Development include a minor of nine or more credit hours.

The M.A. degree programs in Secondary Education-Talent Development and Elementary Education-Talent Development do not include a minor.

Graduate Minors Within and Beyond the C&I Department

A list of graduate minors that are offered across the university may be found here: http://mycatalog.txstate.edu/graduate/minors/

Some graduate minors are associated with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This means that the courses in these minors are offered within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the advisors for these minors are faculty members within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. These minors include: Cognate, Creativity Studies in Education, Developmental Education, Elementary Education, Bilingual/Bicultural, Gifted and Talented EducationReading Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.

Some minors are associated with other departments within the College of Education. Examples of these minors are: Adult Education, Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Exercise Science.

Some minors are associated with departments or centers outside of the College of Education. Examples of these minors are: Diversity Studies, Music, and Physics.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most popular minors for Talent Development students?

The three most popular minors for Talent Development students in recent years have been Cognate, Creativity Studies, and Diversity Studies. Some of the other minors that Talent Development students have pursued include: Physics, Music, Reading Education, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Gifted and Talented Education, and Secondary Education.

 

What is the Cognate minor?

The nine-hour "Cognate" minor provides flexibility to pursue nine credit hours (three approved courses) in multiple areas of interest.  It is possible to take a variety of approved graduate-level courses in departments across the university.  Students work with the graduate advisor to select their courses.

For example, some Secondary Education-Talent Development graduate students have filled a Cognate minor with courses related to their particular teaching fields. Some Talent Development students with jobs in Early Childhood Centers have "filled" a Cognate minor with ECE courses and courses from Family & Child Studies. Some Talent Development students who work in out-of-school settings have filled a Cognate minor with courses in Exercise Science, Counseling Education, and other specialty areas from across the university.

One potential "downside" to the Cognate minor is its title. Some students prefer to have a more recognizable minor name listed on their academic transcripts and resume.