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The Master of Education degree is offered to those who are interested in professional improvement

through graduate study and to those seeking professional certification and/or state licensure.

Graduate programs are available in counseling and human development, reading specialist, gifted

and talented, advanced physical education and sport and recreation management.

Certification programs are available in the areas of counseling and human development, gifted and

talented education, master reading teacher and reading specialist education.

Professional Certification

1.

A student must hold the appropriate Texas Standard Certificate prior to completion of

a Texas Professional Standard Certificate.

2.

It is possible for a student to earn a Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate and

Master Reading Teacher Certificate and not meet the requirements for a master’s

degree.

3.

To be recommended for a Standard Professional Certificate, the student shall be

required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on one or more of the

credentialing examinations in the area(s) of certification. The content to be tested and

the criteria for mastery is prescribed by the State Board for Educator Certification. A

student who satisfactorily completes a certification program will be eligible to take the

Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES).

4.

The State Board for Educator Certification will conduct a criminal record review of all

certificate applicants.

5.

All certificates must be applied for within three years of completion of certification

requirements. If the three-year deadline expires, the student’s certification program

may be reviewed by the program director. If the director determines the student’s

program no longer meets current program requirements, additional course work may

be required to update the student’s professional knowledge and skills before the student

is endorsed to sit for the credentialing examination(s).

6.

All certificates must be applied for within three years of completion of certification

requirements. If the three-year deadline expires, the student’s certification program

may be reviewed by the program director. If the director determines the student’s

program no longer meets current program requirements, additional course work may

be required to update the student’s professional knowledge and skills before the student

is endorsed to sit for the credentialing examination(s).

To receive the Master of Education degree, a student must complete a degree program

of at least 36 semester-hours (48 in counseling) as planned and approved by the

graduate advisor.