Texas Tech University

Dual Credit Credential* (Master’s Degree in C&I)

Texas Tech University's Department of Curriculum and Instruction is pleased to provide dual credit preparation* for secondary teachers and individuals interested in or wanting to serve as educators in Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools also known as P-Techs. Per the Texas Education Agency or TEA, “The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) defines dual credit as a system in which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) from both the college and high school. Dual credit courses may be taught on the high school campus by an approved instructor or on the college campus. Dual credit courses include both academic and technical courses.”

This Dual Credit Credential program requires 36 hours, which include 18 hours of online only coursework in the department of C&I (EDCI courses) concurrent with 18 hours of content-specific graduate coursework from a variety of dual credit areas, some of which are offered through online, hybrid, and/or face-to-face modalities in a variety of content areas as seen below. 

Note that the credentialing partner that we (the department of C&I at TTU) use for dual credit credentialing with the TEA is South Plains Community College (SPCC). Therefore, any changes to the dual credit menu on this website made are inclusive to only:

1) the dual credit students in the general track (teachers without current credentialing partner with their school district OR students who are not attached to a school district to establish a credentialing partner)
2) teachers whose school districts have designed that SPCC is their dual credit credentialing partner with the TEA.

Should your school district utilize a different dual credentialing partner than SPCC (e.g., Odessa College, Midland College, etc.), please follow the prescribed 18.0 hours of courses in the dual credit area provided to you by your school district.

Note: some dual credit area courses are online, hybrid OR seated only. The department of C&I cannot change the modality that is listed for these courses or the term/year in which the dual credit courses are offered. Further, the department of C&I cannot issue permits to register for courses outside of the (EDCI) department. To register for courses outside of C&I may require the student emailing the department to secure permission (or a time ticket) to register. Because each content area is vetted through a community college partner, ONLY take the courses on the list or prescribed on this page. Please make sure to research how (modality) and when (semester) the courses in the dual credit you are interested in will be offered. Please click on the area of interest to determine what 18 hours of coursework is required. 

Curriculum & Instruction Coursework (18 hours)

3 Courses:

EDCI 5320, EDCI 5335, and EDCI 5380

3 courses from the following:

ECTE 5335, EDCI 5310, EDCI 5321, EDCI 5330, EDCI 5333, EDCI 5362, EDCI 5375. EDCI/ECTE 5318, EDCI 5373, or EDCI/ECTE 5381


Select 18.0 hours from the Menu Shown Here:

  Spring Summer I Summer II Fall
BIOL 5312 : Cell and Molecular Biology for Teachers *        
BIOL 5305: Organic Evolution for Advanced Students *        
BIOL 5301: Advanced Genetics        
BIOL 6301: Human Genetics *       X
BIOL 6301: Anatomy & Physiology for Teachers  *        
ZOOL 5406: Advanced Invertebrate Zoology       X
ZOOL 5421 : Ecological Entomology X      
BIOL 6301: Comparative Vertebrate Biology *        
BIOL 6361: Ecology and Ecosystems X      
BIOL 6360: Environmental Sustainability       X
BIOL 6301: Reconciliation Ecology   X  
BIOL 6301: Botany for Teachers *        
BIOL 5313: Medical Entomology     X  
BIOL 6301 : Special Topics **        
BIOL 6301: Tropical Marine Biology X      
  Spring Summer I Summer II Fall

* Note that the courses indicated with an asterisk (*) are under development.

** Note that BIOL 6301 special topics courses must be related to one of these five areas: Cell and Molecular Biology; Genetics and Evolution; Organismal, Zoology, and In/Vertebrates, Disease, and/or Ecology and Environment


ACCT 5301 (recommended to be taken first)

*FIN 5320 (*can only be taken after successful completion of ACCT 5301)

MGT 5371 (offered in fall/spring)

ISQS 5331 (offered in summer/fall/spring)

MKT 5360 (offered in fall/spring)

MGT 5372 (offered in fall and sometimes spring)

**You must apply for the certificate program $25.00. Please email Jose.l.Perez@ttu.edu as soon as you are admitted to the program.**

Speech and Communications

TTU Contact:Heather.Gonzales@ttu.edu (Note that Ms. Heather Gonzales is the administrative assistant who provides registration permits for each class). 

Please take 6 courses (in any order):

One (COMS 5300) or both theory courses:

  • *COMS 5300: Communication Theory (Must take)
  • COMS 5306: Theories of Rhetoric 

One instructional course:

  • *COMS 6307: Seminar in Instructional Communication

*At least one interpersonal and/or intercultural course:  

  • COMS 5318: Interpersonal Communication
  • COMS 6302: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 
  • COMS 5302: Intercultural Communication 
  • COMS 6308: Seminar in Cultural and Intercultural Communication 

*At least one organizational and/or small group course: 

  • COMS 5303: Communication in Small Groups 
  • COMS 5304: Communication in Organizations
  • COMS 5309: Conflict Management and Problem Solving 
  • COMS 6303: Seminar in Organizational Communication 

As needed, you may select the remaining courses from the online options for your two additional classes:

  • COMS 6309: Conflict Management 
  • COMS 5313: Theories of Persuasion 
  • COMS 5314: Professional Comm in Health, Science, & Technology
  • COMS 5315: Nonverbal Communication 
  • COMS 6304: Seminar in Rhetorical Theory

*Denotes a required course for the dual credit certificate



The graduate courses most applicable for dual credit education are in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, and instructional technology. Students may take a variety of courses from these areas and other disciplines in education; your 18.0 hours may include any combination of graduate level (5000) courses in the College of Education.

For example, students with an interest in Educational Psychology*, we recommend the following courses:

  • EPSY 5330: Motivation in Educational Settings
  • EPSY 5331: Human Development in Education
  • EPSY 5332: Educational Psychology and Learning
  • EPSY 5379: Introduction to Educational Research
  • EPSY 5380: Introduction to Educational Statistics
  • EPSY 6330: Cognition and Instruction 
  • EPSY 6349: Doctoral Seminar (Classroom Assessment)

*This menu is an example of possible courses for students to take to fulfill the 18-hour dual credit preparation in Education requirement. 


2 Courses must be taken:

MATH 5366 (Analysis I) and MATH 5367 (Analysis II)

The remaining 4 courses can be selected from the following:

  • MATH 5375 (Modern Geometry I)
  • MATH 5376 (Modern Geometry II)
  • MATH 5377 (Applied Mathematics I)
  • MATH 5378 (Applied Mathematics II)
  • *MATH 5368 (Abstract Algebra I)
  • *MATH 5369 (Abstract Algebra II)
  • *MATH 5379 (Probability & Statistics I)
  • *MATH 5380 (Probability & Statistics II)

* Starred courses are encouraged and preferred.


Please take 18.0 hours of graduate (5000) level HIST courses. Courses that may not be applied to the dual credit credential in History are HIST 5101, HIST 5102, HIST 5303, HIST 5304, and HIST 5305.

A list of courses has been provided to you that have been pre-approved, but you may take different 5000 level HIST courses (not on this list) as long as those courses focus on US History and Western Civilization.

  • HIST 5306 - Recent Interpretations of American History
  • HIST 5308 - Historical Studies of Religion
  • HIST 5309 - Studies in the History of United States Imperialism
  • HIST 5310 - Studies in American Cultural and Intellectual History
  • HIST 5313 - Studies in American Legal History
  • HIST 5314 - Studies in Post-1945 United States History
  • HIST 5315 - Studies in Texas History
  • HIST 5316 - Studies in Southern History
  • HIST 5317 - Studies in Frontier and Western American History
  • HIST 5318 - Studies in History and Memory
  • HIST 5319 - Studies in Native-American History
  • HIST 5320 - Studies in the Atlantic World
  • HIST 5321 - Studies in Sports History
  • HIST 5322 - Studies in United States Foreign Relations
  • HIST 5323 - Studies in the History of Science and Technology
  • HIST 5324 - Studies in American Religious History
  • HIST 5325 - Studies in American Economic History
  • HIST 5326 - Studies in Nature and History in America
  • HIST 5327 - Studies in United States Immigration and Urban History
  • HIST 5328 - Studies in U.S. Military History
  • HIST 5329 - Studies in U.S. Sea Powers
  • HIST 5330 - Studies in the Vietnam War
  • HIST 5331 - Studies in the Classics of Military History
  • HIST 5333 - Studies in African-American History
  • HIST 5334 - Studies in Mexican-American History
  • HIST 5335 - Studies in U.S. Labor
  • HIST 5336 - Studies in American Sexuality
  • HIST 5337 - Studies in Modern U.S. Women's History
  • HIST 5338 - Studies in American Social History
  • HIST 5339 - Studies in Ancient Greek History
  • HIST 5340 - Studies in Ancient Roman History
  • HIST 5341 - Studies in Medieval History
  • HIST 5342 - Studies in Renaissance and Reformation History
  • HIST 5343 - Studies in Russian History
  • HIST 5344 - Readings in European Nationalism
  • HIST 5345 - Studies in the History of Fascist and Related Right-Wing Movements in Europe
  • HIST 5346 - Studies in Modern European History
  • HIST 5347 - Studies in British History
  • HIST 5348 - Studies in Roman Law
  • HIST 5349 - Studies in Early Modern European History
  • HIST 5350 - Studies in African History
  • HIST 5351 - Slavery in a World Perspective
  • HIST 5352 - Studies in Asian History
  • HIST 5353 - Studies in the History of the U.S. Civil War
  • HIST 5354 - Studies in Modern Revolution
  • HIST 5355 - Studies in Colonial Latin American History
  • HIST 5356 - Studies in National Latin American History
  • HIST 5357 - Studies in LGBT History
  • HIST 5358 - Islamic Reform, Revival, and Politics in the Middle East
  • HIST 5359 - Studies in Borderlands History
  • HIST 5360 - Studies in French History
  • HIST 5361 - Studies in the History of Insurgency
  • HIST 5362 - Family, Gender, Race, and Empire
  • HIST 5363 - Women in Early America
  • HIST 5364 - The Era of the American Revolution
  • HIST 5366 - Studies in Religious History
  • HIST 5367 - Studies in U.S. Masculinity
  • HIST 5368 - The U.S. and the World
  • HIST 5369 - Studies in U.S. Social Movements
  • HIST 5370 - Readings in Mass Incarceration
  • HIST 5371 - War and Memory
  • HIST 5372 - Studies in Middle Eastern History: The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 5373 - Religion in Latin America

*Note that the Texas Education Agency credentials individuals for teaching in Texas and not the department of Curriculum & Instruction at TTU. 

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Online / Synchronous Expectations of the Master's in C&I program

The Master's Degree programs in C&I can be completed completely online, but there are courses that require mandatory synchronous meetings via virtual meetings and video conferencing software.

  • Coursework: Most C&I master's online classes have synchronous meetings via Zoom to maximize the effectiveness of teaching and learning; those classes may or may not require attendance at synchronous sessions as a part of the course grade. If such courses have mandatory synchronous meetings, they are noted at the time of registration (so you will know before signing up).

Mode of Delivery

All 18.0 hours of the C&I master's courses are offered online. 

For the 18.0 hours of the dual credit area, please review your required dual credit courses to see what modality those courses are offered using https://registration.texastech.edu/.

District Application Process

To send a group of teachers from your school district, please submit your information using the contact form and selecting “yes” to the question that asks, “Are you a District Supervisor of Dual Credit.” Our C&I faculty will get into touch with you to set up a zoom meeting for more information and how to get teachers into the program.

Individual Application Process

To apply for the Dual Credit program without the support of your school district, you will be asked to submit the application materials for the M.Ed. in C&I, general track.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

  • Due to ongoing accessibility concerns, the Graduate School has suspended GRE test score requirements for applications through at least Summer 2025. For more information, please contact the Graduate School.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Three Professional Recommendations, Two Writing Samples, Applicant Statement.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

If you wish to be considered for scholarships and other funding opportunities, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, please complete your application by the following dates:

  • November 15th for the Spring semester
  • April 15th for the Summer semesters
  • July 15th for the Fall semester

Semester in which the program can be started

Continuous enrollment, students may begin coursework during any semester.

Required Hours to Completion

36 hours of coursework.

Download the Degree Plan

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 hours maximum. Graduate School rules regarding transfer hours apply.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the Office of Graduate Education and Research in the College of Education.

Tuition & Fees

Use the Student Business Services Tuition Estimator to estimate your costs.


Chance WebbAcademic Advisor / AdmissionsOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentgradadmissions.educ@ttu.edu 806-834-6768

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