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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

department web page: www.uta.edu/coed/curricandinstruct/
department contact: education@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Chair

Ruth Davis
5B Hammond Hall
817.272.2448
davis@uta.edu

Admissions Requirements | Fellowships | Distance Learning
Degree Requirements | Online Degree Option | Professional-Level Certification
Courses: EDUC, ECED, EDTC, EDML, READ

Areas of Study and Degrees

Early Childhood - Grade 4 Teacher Certification
Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Teacher Certification
Secondary Teacher Certification (Grades 8-12)
All-Level Teacher Certification
M.Ed.T.
Reading Specialist Certification
Master Reading Teacher Certification
Master Technology Teacher Certification
Bilingual Education Endorsement
English as a Second Language Endorsement
Gifted and Talented Endorsement
Technology
M.Ed.

Master's Degree Plans

Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Nancy Hadaway
414 Hammond, 817.272.2240
hadaway@uta.edu

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Crow, Gerlach, Hadaway, Reinhartz

Associate Professors

Davis, Hirtle, Leffingwell, Marshall, Rosado

Assistant Professors

Alcala, Kribs-Zaleta, Tice, Wallace, Weaver, Wisell

Programs

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction currently offers the Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.) and the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) Additional endorsements and specialty areas are also offered including: Bilingual Education (BIL), English as a Second Language (ESL) and Gifted and Talented. Distance learning opportunities in all degree programs are available for those interested in Internet and video conferencing course delivery (see section on Distance Learning Options). Students pursuing a master's degree are required, with the assistance of the Graduate Advisor and graduate faculty, to complete a tentative program of work prior to completing 12 hours of graduate work. This program of work is filed in the Graduate School and may be modified as needed. All master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction are comprised of a minimum of 36 semester hours and are non-thesis. Candidates for master's degrees are required to submit a final program of work and submit a comprehensive project their final semester of coursework.

Objective

The Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.) degree is designed for those wishing to pursue initial teacher certification at the graduate level. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) degree provides opportunities for those interested in developing effective teaching, research, and leadership skills that are congruent with an ever-expanding theoretical knowledge base in the field. The M.Ed. enables teachers to specialize in advanced coursework in their teaching fields and other professional certification areas designed to meet a variety of professional goals. Both degrees help prepare graduates to reflect upon their own teaching as well as on the state of education as a whole and to better understand the linkage between the theory and practice of teaching. Each student's program of study is planned individually and provides academic and/or pedagogical specialization within the context of the general field of education. Graduate faculty in the College of Education as well as those in departments and in the colleges throughout the University work closely with students in formulating study plans that meet the students' objectives and individual goals for professional growth. Each program of instruction includes both professional and academic components.

Admissions Requirements

Unconditional Admission

Probationary Admission

Applicants who score less than 400 on the quantitative and 500 on the verbal sections of the GRE will be considered for probationary admission on the basis of the following:

Terms of Probation upon Acceptance: All students admitted under probation status will be required to earn a 3.5 GPA during the first 12 hours of graduate coursework in the program.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admissions deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements, may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

An applicant's admission may be deferred when a file is not complete or when denying admission is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

An applicant may be denied admission if the conditions for unconditional and probationary admission have not been met.

Eligibility for Scholarships/Fellowships

To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.

Distance Learning Options

Many graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction are offered on campus as well as over the Internet and via video conferencing for distance learning. The complete M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading is available online. (See the Graduate Advisor for current course offerings.) For the distance learning option, students enroll in the Internet course and complete all course requirements from the convenience of their home or school computers (some Internet-delivered courses require students to attend an initial in-person orientation). Only basic computer competence is necessary (logging on to a Web site, sending and receiving e-mail). Students need a reliable Internet connection and a consistent e-mail address. All assignments are submitted electronically according to an established calendar of deadlines. Students proceed at their own pace in a highly interactive learning environment.

Degree Requirements

Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.) with Teacher Certification

The Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.), a 36-hour non-thesis degree, is a unique and specialized degree that enables a student holding a baccalaureate degree to pursue initial teacher certification and use those hours toward requirements of a master's degree. In addition to being accepted into the Graduate School, students must also be admitted into the Teacher Certification program (consult a teacher certification advisor for current admittance requirements). For teacher certification, students must meet state requirements for their teaching field(s) or specialization and complete the graduate-level coursework for early childhood – grade 4, middle level, secondary, or early childhood – grade 4 bilingual certification. They must also fulfill the Residency requirements and pass the appropriate certification exams (consult a teacher certification advisor for current certification information). Up to 18 hours (or more with program director approval) of teacher certification coursework may be applied to the total 36 hours required for completion of the M.Ed.T; however, students must complete teacher certification courses and pass the appropriate certification exams before proceeding to courses that apply to the master's degree. Students may earn teacher certification without completing a master's degree. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on all programs.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.), a 36-hour non-thesis degree, is a broad-based degree that enables students to pursue academic and professional goals within an individualized program. Following are a few of the possible master's degree options.

M.Ed. with an Open Option

One plan is referred to as the "Open Option." This particular master's degree option is ideal for students desiring a pedagogical foundation in education in addition to an 18-hour concentration of a particular resource area or academic discipline. A common core of 9 hours of graduate education coursework in instructional strategies, research, evaluation, and technology, and a 6-hour support area in curriculum design and instructional leadership are required. Students also choose from a variety of certifications available through the School of Education to incorporate into their master's degree plan (see the section on Professional Certifications), or they may choose to incorporate up to 18 hours of graduate coursework from disciplines outside of Education. For example, a degree plan for a student who desires TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification would include the required 18 hours of pedagogical coursework in Education along with the 18 hours of Linguistics coursework from the Program in Linguistics. The Graduate Advisor works with students in creating a degree plan that meets their professional needs and goals. (Note: The Graduate Advisor and graduate faculty must approve all coursework included in a degree plan.) This degree does not require a student to hold a teacher certificate. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on the program.

M.Ed. with an Emphasis in Reading (available online)

One of the most popular M.Ed. degree plan configurations is the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with the Reading Specialist Certificate, Master Reading Teacher Certificate, and English as a Second Language added to it.

This program requires 36 credit hours (12 courses). Once you have successfully completed all coursework, you will graduate with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, if you pass the appropriate TExES tests, you will also have the Reading Specialist Certification, the Master Reading Teacher Certification, and/or the English as a Second Language Endorsement. The ESL is a 12-hour, four course program that can be taken as part of this master's degree plan or separately in preparation for the ESL Endorsement TExES test.

This degree option is available online through UT TeleCampus. For more information, please visit http://www.telecampus.utsystem.edu/index.cfm/4,669,82,56,html.

Professional-Level Certifications

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers graduate-level programs leading to professional certificates. Certifications include Initial Teacher Certification (Early Childhood – Grade 4, Middle Level, Secondary, and All-Level) and the Reading Specialist and Master Reading Teacher Certification, and Master Technology Teacher Certification. Endorsements include English as a Second Language (ESL), Bilingual (BIL) and Gifted and Talented. The graduate-level coursework required for these programs may be applied toward a master's degree (M.Ed.T.). The Graduate Advisor works with the student to build an individual degree plan that incorporates one or more of these certification areas. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on these programs.

Initial Teacher Certification

Students holding a baccalaureate degree may pursue initial teacher certification at the graduate level. Students must be admitted to the Graduate School as a master's-degree-seeking student (students may elect to complete certification only) and be admitted to Teacher Certification in the College of Education (see a Teacher Certification advisor for current requirements). Up to 18 hours (or more with program director approval) of graduate-level teacher certification hours may be applied toward an M.Ed.T. Students must also complete the residency/practicum requirements and pass the appropriate TExES exams. Candidates for Teacher Certification must also meet all state requirements for coursework in their teaching field/academic specialization. Note, certification students must be advised and cleared to take teacher certification courses through Teacher Certification Advising. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on the program.

Master Reading Teacher Certificate

This certification focuses on the needs of the multicultural and multilinguistic classrooms of today. To qualify for the Master Reading Teacher Certificate, students must complete nine semester credit hours and pass the Master Reading Teacher TExES. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on the program.

Master Technology Teacher (MTT) Certificate

The Master Technology Teacher (MTT) Certification is designed to produce teachers who will work with other teachers and students to increase the use of technology in the classroom. The MTT certification is a master-level certification. Candidates must hold an SBEC Technology Applications or Technology Education Certificate, or have a minimum of three years teaching experience in Texas Schools and have a current Texas teacher's certificate. Candidates must complete the MTT preparation program. Candidates must pass the MTT certification exam. See the College of Education Web site at http://www.uta.edu/coed/educationtech/mtt/index.htm for more details on the program.

Reading Specialist Certification

Teachers interested in focusing on the important area of reading may pursue the Reading Specialist Certificate, an all-level (K-12) certificate. This unique program focuses on the needs of the multicultural and multilinguistic classrooms of today by integrating the requirements for ESL and/or Bilingual Education Endorsements into the total reading program with no supplementary coursework required. To qualify for the Reading Specialist Certificate, students complete a master's degree, hold a valid Texas teacher certificate, document three years of acceptable classroom teaching experience, and pass the Reading Specialist TExES. Those who already hold a master's degree and who are seeking only the Reading Specialist Certificate are not required to complete the 6-hour Common Core. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on the program.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

The English as a Second Language (ESL) certification prepares candidates to teach children from all cultural and language backgrounds (speakers of Spanish, Vietnamese, etc.), and is required for those teachers working with students in grades PK-12 whose first language is not English. (No foreign language background is required for the ESL certificate.) The ESL endorsement may be added to any valid Texas teacher certificate. Students are required to take four required courses in any sequence, complete a practicum in an ESL classroom or one year of successful teaching experience in an ESL or Bilingual Education program approved by the Texas Education Agency, and pass the ESL TExES. (The four courses may be applied toward a master's degree and to the Reading Specialist Certificate.) See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on the program.

Bilingual Education (BIL) Endorsement

Those teachers who are fluent in Spanish and wish to specialize in bilingual education will want to add the Bilingual Endorsement to their initial certification. The required 12 hours of coursework may be incorporated into a master's degree program developed in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and graduate faculty. Students are required to take four courses and provide documentation of one year of successful teaching experience in a bilingual setting approved by the Texas Education Agency. Candidates must also pass the TExES in Bilingual and the TOPT for language proficiency. See the College of Education Web site at www.uta.edu/coed for more details on the program.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Bilingual/ESL/Early Childhood Program (BEEP)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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