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Department of Education

Education programs are designed to prepare the professional educator to: 1) understand and meet the educational needs of a diverse student population, 2) function in a global society which requires all students to be life-long learners, and 3) provide opportunities for participants to gain the skills and vision to be leaders in schools faced with the challenges of the 21st century.

The state standards for educator preparation are embedded in the coursework in the degree programs offered by the Education Department. Please note: The University confirms course completion and readiness for certification exams, but does not grant state certification. Certification is granted by the Texas Education Agency. Completion of coursework and recommendation for certifications in no way guarantees employment after graduation.

State Board for Educator Certification

Texas Education certification may be earned as follows:

Student Services and Professional Certificates:

Principal, Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist and School Counselor. The department is completing students enrolled in the program but is not admitting new students as of this time for the following certificates: School Librarian, Master Technology Teacher (Moratorium as of Spring 2012) and Master Reading Teacher (Moratorium as of Spring 2012).

Applicants for professional certificates are required to pass the appropriate certification test (TExES) and document two years of classroom teaching experience on teacher service record. All applicants for Texas Certificates are also screened for a record of felony or misdemeanor conviction through the Texas Department of Public Safety, as prescribed by state law.

Supplemental Special Education Certificate:

A Texas Education supplemental certificate may be earned in Special Education as follows:

Special Education 21-hour Supplemental Certificate

Requirements:

  1. Prerequisite: Valid Texas Teacher Certificate
  2. TExES requirement: Special Education EC-12
  3. A minimum of 12 hours (excluding SPED 8314 or equivalent) must be credit earned at Our Lady of the Lake University

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

SPED 6312

Language of Children and Youth with Exceptionalities

SPED 6323

Behavior Analysis and Intervention

SPED 6343

Structuring the Educational Environment

SPED 6345

Assessment and Evaluation: Students with Exceptionalities

SPED 8303

Professional Seminar: Special Education Law

SPED 8314

Practicum: Generic Special Education

Masterís Degree Programs in Education

The department offers three master’s degrees (MEd, MA and MAT) in the following areas:

Master of Education:

Master of Arts:

Curriculum and Instruction

Learning Resource Specialist (Moratorium as of Spring 2012)

Principal

School Counseling

Special Education

Master of Arts in Teaching:

 

Education

 

Master of Education

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  2. A grade point average of 2.75 with a 3.00 on last 60 hours
  3. Miller Analogies Test must be taken if GPA is below 2.75 or if the student has grades of D or lower in two or more advanced level courses
  4. Two letters of academic/professional recommendation not more than a year old (forms will be supplied by the University)
  5. A copy of a valid Texas Teacher Certificate. This is not required for MEd in Learning Resources or the MEd in School Counseling. Applicants who do not hold valid Texas Teacher Certificates must submit verification of local and state Criminal History Records. To obtain Texas certification as a school librarian or school counselor, one must document two years of classroom experience as teacher of record in an accredited public/private school setting
  6. An interview is also required for admission to the MA in Special Education, MEd in School Counseling and MEd in Principal
  7. In the Master Technology Teacher program, evidence of Technology Application Standards knowledge and skills must be submitted (arranged with Master Technology Teacher program adviser)

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the graduate program for a Master of Education should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally, providing they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional admission within the period of specified time. If conditional admission is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission

Students who wish to earn master’s degree credit for supplemental certification only, for special interest, for professional certification or to transfer credit to a home institution may be admitted as special students. Before registering, an applicant for special admission must:

  1. Submit an official transcript(s) showing degree awarded, to include master’s degree, if applicable. (Transient students need only submit a letter of good standing from their home institution verifying master’s degree status)
  2. GPA of 2.75, or permission from the dean
  3. Submit personal statement for special interest

Students who wish to register as degree-seeking candidates, but who do not have time before registration to complete requirements for regular admission, may also be admitted as special students until the program criteria are met. No more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree. There is no guarantee, however, that courses taken in this category will be accepted as part of the degree curricula, or that admission as a special student will lead to regular admission as a degree-seeking student. Regular admission must be approved by program coordinator and the dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Admission Deadline

The deadline for submitting a completed application for the degree program is 10 working days prior to the first day of the regular registration for the semester.

Academic Requirements:

Students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:

  1. Comprehensive Examination or the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES)
  2. Computer literacy requirement

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Bilingual

Texas Teacher Certification Required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration Courses:

EDUC 6361

Instructional Techniques for Content Areas: Bilingual

EDUC 6363

Reading and Language Arts: Bilingual

EDUC 4364G

English as a Second Language Methodology

Elective: Six semester hours

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Early Childhood

Texas Teacher Certification Required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration:

EDUC 6317

Advanced Childhood Growth and Development

EDUC 4367G

Organizing School Programs: Early Childhood

EDUC 6318

Teaching Young Children

SPED 6312

Language of Children and Youth with Exceptionalities

Elective: Six semester hours

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: English as a Second Language

Texas Teacher Certification required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration Course:

ENGL 4388G

Language Acquisition Processes

ENGL 5382G

Languages and Society

ENGL 5383G

General Linguistic Theory

ENGL 5386G

English as Second Language Methodology

Elective: Six semester hours

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Integrated Math Teaching

Texas Teacher Certification Required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration Courses:

MTED 6309

Algebra for Teachers

MTED 6311

Geometry for Teachers

MTED 6312

Probability and Statistics for Teachers

MTED 6314

Problem Solving for Teachers

MTED 6315

Current Issues and Research in School Mathematics

Choose one:

MTED 6313

Concepts of Calculus

MTED 6316

History of Mathematics

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Integrated Science Teaching

Texas Teacher Certification Required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration Courses:

Choose four courses, no more than one from each of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geology

Elective: Six semester hours (approved by adviser)

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Master Technology Teacher, Admission Moratorium as of September 2011.

Texas Teacher Certification Required

In the Master Technology Teacher program evidence of Technology Application Standards knowledge and skills must be submitted (arranged with Master Technology Teacher program adviser).

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6330

Special Education Technology

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration:

EDUC 6300

Education Technology Foundations

EDUC 6377

Teaching Education Technology

EDUC 6372

Leadership in Instructional Technology

EDUC 6376

Designing Professional Development for Teachers

EDUC 6379

Advanced Educational Technology

EDUC 6395

Telecommunications for Instructional Purposes

Master of Education Specialization: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Reading Specialist

Texas Teacher Certification Required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Professional Courses:

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

EDUC 6346

Classroom Assessment

Concentration Courses:

EDUC 6344

Critical Issues in Reading Assessment and Interventions

EDUC 6348

Curriculum and Instruction in Reading

EDUC 6369

Clinical Practice in Reading

EDUC 6375

Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools

Choose one:

EDUC 6333

Young Adult Literature and Related Media (for Secondary Certification)

Choose one:

EDUC 6363

Reading and Language Arts: Bilingual

EDUC 4364G

English as a Second Language Methodology

ENGL 5383G

General Linguistic Theory

Master of Education Specialization: Principal

Texas Teacher Certification Required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

COUN 6351

Guidance and Counseling Services

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6382

Internship: Administration

EDUC 7382

The Principalship

Concentration Courses:

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

EDUC 6381

School Administration

EDUC 6383

Business Administration of Public Schools

EDUC 6384

School Law

EDUC 6391

School Supervision

Elective

Three semester hours

Master of Education Specialization: Learning Resources Specialist, Admission Moratorium as of September 2011

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6371

Curriculum Development

Concentration Courses:

EDUC 5351G

Instructional Media

EDUC 6324

Observation and Practice

EDUC 6326

Cataloging and Classification

EDUC 6333

Young Adult Literature and Related Media

EDUC 6355

The Learning Resources Center in the School

EDUC 6356

Selection and Acquisition of Materials

EDUC 6360

Information Sources and Services

Master of Education Specialization: School Counseling

48 semester hours

Foundation Courses:

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

COUN 7351

Life Span Development Psychology

COUN 6359

Applied Learning and Development

COUN 8356

Normal Family Processes Across Cultures

Concentration Courses:

COUN 6325

Vocational and Aptitude Assessment

COUN 6351

Guidance and Counseling Services

COUN 6358

Life Planning and Career Development

COUN 8301

Group and Family Processes

COUN 8302

Counseling Theories: Methods and Techniques

COUN 8355

Child & Adolescent Counseling

COUN 8380

Practicum: School Counseling I

COUN 8381

Practicum: School Counseling II

COUN 7333

Psychopathology: Etiology, DX, TX Planning

COUN 8303

Professional Practice: Skills and Issues

COUN 8352

Pre-Practicum Counseling Laboratory: Basic Interviewing Skills

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

The academic requirement for Licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Texas may be met by successful completion of the MEd in School Counseling.

For Master of Science in school psychology, see PSYCHOLOGY.

Masterís Degree Programs in Special Education

Master of Arts

The master’s degree program in special education offers a program that leads to special education Texas teacher licensure. The program is designed to facilitate the learning and preparing of current certified Texas educators to enhance their teaching pedagogy and culturally responsiveness, while delivering academic and behavioral instruction to students with disabilities. In addition, training is offered through case study presentation, formal research, and other techniques to enhance professional development. Course scheduling affords individuals the opportunity to continue their present employment and also obtain a master's degree.

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admissions application
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.00 or a 2.75 with a 3.00 grade point average for the last 60 hours toward the bachelor’s degree
  3. A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years
  4. An interview with the Special Education adviser or designated faculty member
  5. Two letters of recommendation not more than one year old (forms will be supplied by the University)

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the master’s degree program for a Master of Arts in Special Education should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally, providing they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the period of specified time. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission

If a student wishes to earn master’s degree credit for supplemental certification, endorsement, special interest or to transfer to another institution, that student may be admitted as a special student.

Before registering, the applicant must:

  1. Submit official transcript(s) from regionally accredited institutions showing degree awarded, to include master’s degree, if applicable
  2. Have earned an overall grade point average of at least 2.75
  3. Personal statement for special interest

Students who wish to register as degree-seeking students, but who do not have time before registration to complete requirements for regular admission, may also be admitted as special students until the program criteria are met. No more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree. There is no guarantee, however, that courses taken in this category will be accepted as part of the degree curricula, or that acceptance as a special student will lead to regular admission to the master’s degree program. Admission as a degree-seeking student must be approved by the director of the special education program and the dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Admission Deadline

Deadline for submitting a completed application to the Graduate Special Education Program is 10 working days prior to the regular registration for each semester.

Academic Requirements:

Students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:

  1. Comprehensive Examination or the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)
  2. Computer literacy requirement

Master of Arts Specialization: Special Education

Texas Teacher Certification in Generic Special Education Required

36 semester hours

Core:

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

SPED 7385

Research Methods and Procedures

Concentration:

SPED 6312

Language of Children and Youth with Exceptionalities

SPED 6323

Behavior Analysis and Intervention

SPED 6343

Structuring the Educational Environment

SPED 6345

Assessment and Evaluation: Students with Exceptionalities

SPED 7373

Emotional Disturbances and Related Disorders

SPED 8303

Professional Seminar: Special Education Law

Support: Nine hours (selected from the following with adviser approval)

Choose one of the following:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

SPED 7312

Bilingual Special Education: Assessment and Instruction

Choose one of the following:

Elective

Three hours (additional hours selected from EDUC, COUN, PSYC or SPED with adviser approval)

SPED 8324 SPED 8624

Thesis: Special Education (optional)

Master of Arts Specialization: Special Education (EC-12)

Texas Teacher Certification required

36 semester hours

Foundation Courses 12 hours:

EDUC 6304

Multicultural Foundations of Education

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

Concentration Courses 15 hours:

SPED 6312

Language Issues in Special Education

SPED 6323

Behavior Analysis and Intervention

SPED 6343

Methods and Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities

SPED 6345

Special Education Assessment

SPED 8303

Professional Seminar: Special Education Law

SPED 8314

Practicum: Special Education

Support: Six hours (selected from the following with adviser approval)

EDUC 6344

Critical Issues in Reading Assessment and Intervention

EDUC 6363

Reading and Language Arts: Bilingual

SPED 7320

Student Exceptionalities LD and GT

SPED 7373

Emotional Disturbances and Related Disorders

Master of Arts Specialization: Special Education Concentration: Educational Diagnostician

Texas Teacher Certification required

43 semester hours

Some courses offered on weekends

Core:

SPED 7385

Research Methods and Procedures

SPED 8303

Professional Seminar: Special Education Law

Concentration:

PSYC 6442

Psycho-educational Assessment

PSYC 6345

Assessment and Evaluation: Students with Exceptionalities

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6344

Critical Issues in Reading Assessment and Interventions

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

SPED 6312

Language of Children and Youth with Exceptionalities

SPED 6323

Behavior Analysis and Intervention

SPED 6343

Structuring the Educational Environment

SPED 7312

Bilingual Special Education: Assessment and Instruction

SPED 7373

Emotional Disturbances and Related Disorders

SPED 8316

Practicum in Educational Diagnostician

Student must meet all academic and practicum requirements of the State Board of Educator Certification when completing an endorsement as part of the degree; comprehensive examination required (requires two years of teaching experience).

Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Criteria

  1. Official transcript from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  2. A grade point average of 2.75 or better on the last 60 hours
  3. If cumulative GPA is below a 3.00 a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years.
  4. Two letters of academic/professional recommendation not more than a year old (forms will be supplied by the University)
  5. A resume or Curriculum Vitae and personal statement
  6. Verification of cleared state Criminal History check required
  7. An interview is also required for admission to the MAT

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the graduate program for Master of Arts in Teaching should refer to the appropriate pages 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted in rare circumstances based on the merits of each case. In such circumstances, applicants who have incomplete admission files or do not meet other criteria may petition for such admittance to the Education Department. If admitted conditionally, all conditions must be met with a given time period and no later than the end of the first semester of attendance. If conditions are not met by this time, student will be unable to continue program.

Special Admission

Students who wish to earn master’s degree credit for certification only, for special interest, for professional certification or to transfer credit to a home institution may be admitted as special students. Before registering, an applicant for special admission must:

  1. Submit an official transcript(s) showing degree(s) awarded, to include master’s degree if applicable. Transient students need only submit a letter of good standing from their home institution verifying master’s degree status.
  2. GPA of 2.75 or permission from the Dean
  3. A personal statement for special interest students

NOTE: Students who wish to register as degree candidates but do not have time before registration to complete requirements for regular admission may be admitted for one semester as special students until program criteria are met. No more than 12 credit hours earned as a special student may be accepted toward the M.A.T. Additionally, there is no guarantee that courses taken as a special student will be accepted as part of the degree curricula or that admission as a special student will lead to subsequent admission as a degree-seeking student. Admission as a degree-seeking student must be approved by the education department and the Dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Admission Deadline

The deadline for submitting a completed application for the degree program is November 1 for spring admission, May 1 for summer admission and July 1 for fall admission.

Academic Requirements:

Students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:

  1. Comprehensive Examination or the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES)
  2. Computer literacy requirement

STATE CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Teacher certification is not awarded by the university but by the State of Texas based on completion of designated courses and passing scores on the exams required by the State Board of Educator Certification. The department certification officer will work with individual students to guide them through this process.

State teaching certificates that may be earned:

  1. Students may earn an initial EC-6 teaching certificate upon completion of the required core courses and successful completion of state exams.
  2. Student seeking certification to teach at the intermediate or secondary levels must complete the required core courses as well as the courses in either the Math or Science set.
  3. Students who complete the special education courses will have a foundation for the state exam. Successful completion of that exam may require additional courses.

Master of Arts in Teaching Specialization: Education

Choose one concentration: Math, Science or Special Education

30-33 semester hours

Required Core Courses:

EDUC 6305

Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Settings

EDUC 6349

Instruction and Assessment Practices for the Multicultural Classroom

EDUC 6354

Pedagogy Instructional Methods

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

EDUC 6368

Classroom Organization and Management for the Multicultural Settings

EDUC 6375

Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools

SPED 6305

Individual Differences - Advanced Studies

EDUC 6386 and

EDUC 6387or

Internship I: Elementary

Internship II: Elementary

EDUC 6388 and

EDUC 6389 or

Internship I: Secondary

Internship II: Secondary

EDUC 6397

Student Teaching

Math Concentration (For intermediate and secondary certification only) Grades 4-8 (Intermediate). Take the following 12 hours:

MTED 6309

Algebra for Teachers

MTED 6311

Geometry for Teachers

MTED 6312

Probability and Statistics for Teachers

MTED 6314

Problem Solving for Teachers

Science Concentration (for intermediate and secondary only):

Grades 4-8 (Intermediate): four graduate Science Education courses (as per advisor approval); must have SCED prefix. Note: Courses may be either three or four hours each.

Grades 8-12 (Secondary) two graduate Science Education courses (as per advisor approval); must have SCED prefix. Note: Courses may be either three or four hours each.

Special Education Concentration:

Take the following 12 hours:

SPED 6312

Language Issues in Special Education

SPED 6323

Behavior Analysis and Intervention

SPED 6343

Methods and Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities

SPED 6345

Special Education Assessment