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About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs and certificates:

        • Master of Education in Bilingual Education
        • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
        • Master of Education in Elementary Education
        • Master of Education in Language Literacy Education
        • Master of Education in Secondary Education
        • Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science
        • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction
        • Graduate Certificate in Developmental Literacy
        • Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Science
        • Master Mentor Graduate Certificate

Undergraduate Program

B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies

Middle-Level Education. This specialization within the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies is designed primarily for individuals seeking teacher certification in grades four to eight. Students may choose certification in English language arts/social studies or math/science. Students should consult with an advisor in the college to determine which degree plan best suits their career aspirations. Degree plans leading to the different certificates will include subject area coursework and a sequence of four semesters of professional education courses (including two student teaching semesters). All courses include field experiences scheduled outside of class time.

Bilingual Education. This speicalization within the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies is designed to prepare those who wish to be certified as an elementary generalist and as a bilingual generalist teacher. The specialization includes coursework in Spanish and certification requires passing the Texas Oral Proficiency Test in Spanish as well as TExES exams. Students will complete four semesters of professional education work that includes field experiences in elementary and in bilingual settings in area schools.

Special Education. Students wishing to become certified as an elementary generalist and as an all-level special education teacher for children from early childhood to grade twelve will seek a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in special education. Students will complete four semesters of professional education work with field experiences in elementary and in special education settings.

English as a Second Language. Students wishing to become certified as an elementary generalist with additional certification in English as a second language (ESL), will seek a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with a specialization in ESL. Students will complete four semesters of professional education work with field experience in elementary and ESL classrooms.

Elementary Math/Science Emphasis. This speicalization within the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies is designed to prepare those who wish to emphasize math and science courses as they prepare to be certified as an elementary generalist.

B.S. in Multidisciplinary Science

Secondary Science Education. Individuals completing the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Science—both the baccalaureate requirements and the certification requirements—are eligible for certification to teach all sciences grades eight to twelve in Texas. This major requires 57 to 61 semester hours in science. All individuals in this major are required to complete CHEM 1107, 1108, 1307, 1308, PHYS 1403, 1404, GEOL 1101, 1102, 1303, 1304, BIOL 1403 1404, ATMO 1300, ASTR 1400, and 1100. Students will choose an area of emphasis from among the sciences (biology, chemistry, geosciences, physics or life and earth sciences) and complete additional coursework. Students seeking certification must minor in secondary education. Students not seeking certification must have a minor in an area other than education. Students should consult advisors so that prerequisites and other requirements may be met in a timely manner. Two semesters of a single foreign language are considered leveling work for this program, but may be waived if the student had two years of high school foreign language.

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements. The university has established core curriculum requirements for all students. These requirements will ensure breadth in each academic program. Students should consult their academic advisor regarding specific course requirements. Students are urged to seek advisement prior to their first enrollment to avoid losing credit. Students may find a listing of core curriculum requirements in the Undergraduate Academics section of the catalog.

Advisory Program. The advisory program is designed to provide aid to each student in planning and completing the appropriate degree and teacher certification program. The academic advisor is responsible for (1) assisting the student in planning a program and in updating degree plans, (2) helping the student in selecting the proper areas of certification and/or teaching fields, and (3) advising the student in meeting admission and retention standards of teacher education and student teaching.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science Degree Program and Admission to the Teacher Certification (Education) Program. The college seeks to maintain rigorous academic programs to produce outstanding educators for Texas and the nation. Admission to college degree and certification programs is open to all individuals on the basis of academic preparation, ability, and availability of space in the program selected. When there are more qualified applicants than can be adequately instructed by available faculty or accommodated in available facilities, the college will control enrollment in specific programs by limiting the admission of new students. The number of students accepted into the undergraduate programs is limited. Therefore, admission into a teacher education program is competitive and based on GPA and other criteria. A complete description of eligibility requirements is available in the Certification Office in the College of Education. (Entrance criteria may be subject to change.) Admission to a college degree program does not ensure admission to an upper-division teacher certification program. See “Educator Certification” on page 276 to read about admission requirements for the teacher certification program, information on the Texas Examinations for Educators Standards (TExES), recommendations for teacher certification, admission to student teaching, and transferability.

Academic Foundations. During their freshman and sophomore years, students normally complete their general degree requirements for both the Bachelor of Science degree and a teaching certificate. Coursework in professional education and advanced courses, particularly in academic specializations or teaching fields, is usually taken in the junior and senior years.

Professional Education. Teacher education programs in the College of Education are field-based. Students will complete observations and activities in public school settings. These field experiences may require time in addition to class time to complete.

Full-Year Student Teaching. Teacher candidates will be assigned to a classroom for a full year of student teaching. Appropriate coursework will accompany both semesters of student teaching. All students seeking initial certification at Texas Tech must successfully complete a series of competency-based performance assessments to be recommended by the university for a teaching certificate.

Clinical Experiences. TechTeach is a field-based teacher education program. In the semesters prior to student teaching, teacher candidates will spend one day each week in a public school setting. For candidates in secondary education, this will be their first block of the teacher education program; for elementary and middle-level candidates, it will be the first and second blocks. Assignment to apply and evaluate what candidates have learned in the courses will be completed in the school settings.

Student Load. The maximum load for a student in the College of Education is 19 semester hours. No student will be permitted to enroll in more than 18 semester hours without written approval from the department chair or associate dean. During the student teaching semester, the maximum load is 12-15 semester hours. Requests to take more than 15 hours must be approved by the certification officer.

Length of Degree Program. The Bachelor of Science degree can be completed in approximately eight semesters. The multidisciplinary studies major requires 123-129 hours, and the multidisciplinary science major requires 127-128 hours. A student may be required to attend summer term to complete all requirements. Assistance in completing the degree and certification plan is provided by advisors in the College of Education. An Intent to Graduate form should be filed with an advisor one year prior to graduation.

Pass/Fail Option. Courses used to meet stated degree plan requirements may not be taken pass/fail. Up to 13 hours of courses that are taken as free electives to total 133 hours and are not used to meet any other degree requirement may be taken pass/fail. Courses that are designated pass/fail by departmental policy rather than student choice do not count in the 13-hour limit on elective courses that may be taken pass/fail. A student on probation is not allowed the pass/fail option.

Education Minor. Students seeking secondary certification may minor in secondary education. The following courses may be used by students who complete student teaching as undergraduates: EDSE 4000 (9 to 12 hours), 4312, 4313, 4315, 4316, 4322; and EDLL 4382. The minimum number of hours for a minor in secondary education is 18. Other education courses may be used in the minor with the permission of an academic advisor in the College of Education.

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Graduate Programs

Master's Program

M.Ed. in Bilingual Education. A master’s degree in bilingual education is available with a concentration in either bilingual education or English as a second language (ESL). Students may choose a 36 semester hour plan that includes core courses and specialty concentrations and features a choice among offerings in language literacy, linguistics, anthropology, and English. The 30-semester-hour plan includes core and specialty courses, electives from a range of selections, and a 6-hour thesis. Students may seek supplemental certificates in bilingual education or English as a second language within requirements for the master’s degree. More information and application forms are available at www.educ.ttu.edu/edbl.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. The program area of curriculum and instruction offers a 36-hour master’s degree that is designed to meet the diverse needs of professional educators in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Further information and application forms are available at www.educ.ttu.edu/edci.

M.Ed. in Elementary Education. The 36-hour master’s program in elementary education is designed for students interested in concentrating on the fundamentals of reflective practice with an emphasis in social studies, mathematics, and science education. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate certification program should meet with a faculty advisor to develop a master’s degree plan that will include certification coursework. Information about the program and application forms can be found at www.educ.ttu.edu/eled.

M.Ed. in Language Literacy Education. The language literacy program area offers a master’s degree in language literacy with two options. The first option addresses many of the requirements of the Master Reading Teacher certificate program. The second option focuses on the Professional Reading Specialist Certification and supplies a strong foundation for later doctoral work. The master’s degree requires 36 hours of graduate work. See www.educ.ttu.edu/edll for additional information and application materials. Thesis and nonthesis options are available.

M.Ed. in Secondary Education. This 36-semester-hour degree includes a 21 semester hour concentration in educational foundations and secondary education as well as 15 hours in a minor concentration. The minor may be taken in a teaching field. Students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate certification program should meet with a faculty advisor to develop a master’s degree plan that will include certification coursework. For more information and application materials, see www.educ.ttu.edu/edse.

M.S. in Multidisciplinary Science. This interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Science degree with a major in multidisciplinary science is administered by the College of Education with faculty and courses drawn from participating units throughout the university. The program has two tracks, one for secondary science teachers or K-8 teachers with a strong science background and another for middle-level science and math teachers. The program requires completion of a core of nine courses:

  • BIOL 5311 Ecology for Teachers
  • BIOL 5312 Cellular, Molecular Biology for Teachers
  • CHEM 5360 Conceptual Chemistry for Teachers I
  • CHEM 5361 Conceptual Chemistry for Teachers II
  • EDSE 5377 Science Curriculum and Instruction
  • IS 5301 The Nature of Science for Teachers
  • MATH 5360 Advanced Mathematics for Teachers I
  • MATH 5361 Advanced Mathematics for Teachers I
  • PHYS 5371 Conceptual Physics for Teachers

Middle-level students are required to take ECE 5332, PHYS 5300, and EDCI 6306 in addition to the nine core courses.

Secondary-level students are required to take ATMO 5302, GEOL 5340, and PHYS 5372 in addition to the nine core courses.

Doctoral Program

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. The Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction may be completed with 93 semester credit hours. Students may choose a concentration in one of five areas: Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education, Curriculum Studies/Teacher Education, Language and Literacy Education, Physical Education and Sports Science, or Science and Mathematics Education. Courses are taken in curriculum and instruction, the student’s concentration, research methods, diversity, and technology. Contact the department (peggie.price@ttu.edu) for further information.

Online/Blended Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. This degree is designed to emphasize studies in areas that are crucial to development of existing P-12 teachers, administrators, and curriculum specialists as well as college and university professors and administrators. The program prepares students to apply, synthesize, and evaluate curriculum and instruction theory. Coursework is completed primarily online, but students are required to attend an on-campus orientation and three consecutive annual, two-week intensive summer sessions. The concentration areas available are (1) curriculum studies and teacher education and (2) science education. Language literacy is under development. Contact the department (peggie.price@ttu.edu) for further information.

Graduate Certificate Program

Developmental Literacy. The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Developmental Literacy fills a need in the community for qualified teachers in developmental reading programs, adult basic education, adult literacy programs, alternative high schools, reading intervention programs in traditional high school settings, and GED programs. Contact: Dr. Mellinee Lesley, 806.834.1186, mellinee.lesley@ttu.edu

Master Mentor. The 12-hour Master Mentor Graduate Certificate is designed to prepare experienced teachers to mentor new teachers in instructional strategies, classroom management strategies, and other aspects of daily classroom life, in addition to the policies and procedures specific to individual campuses. Contact: Dr. Susan Myers, 806.834.0575, susan.myers@ttu.edu

Multidisciplinary Science. The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Science supports on-going and professional development activities that are designed to improve classroom practice for English learners in science and mathematics instruction. Contact: Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, 806.834.4949, z.aguirre@ttu.edu

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Margaret Price, Ph.D., Chairperson

Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Chair in Teacher Education: Wang
Professors: Benavides, Hamman, Lesley, Midobuche, Morgan-Fleming, Smith, Wang
Associate Professors: Agnello, Aguirre-Muñoz, Akrofi, Anderson, Button, Janisch, Johnson, Matteson, McMillan, Muñoz, Myers, Pratt, Price, Saldaña, Sheets, Todd, Walker
Assistant Professors: Carpenter, Coward, Flores, Fortney, Han, Patrick
Assistant Professors of Practice: Fox, Ortiz
Instructors: Anderson, Briggs, Carruth, Cashman, Cowart, Dennis, Drake, Duke, Hall, Halsey, Heider, Howard, Lay, Lindsey, Matthews, McLaren, Mitchell, Nelson, Pollart, Santiago, Scott, Sierra, Sowder, Spears, Stocks, Talkmitt, Tamayo-Hoeve, TorresBack to Top