Texas Tech University

Curriculum & Instruction Master's Degree with a Concentration in STEM

Texas Tech University offers a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in STEM Education. The program prepares students by building their epistemological foundations of current knowledge and skills in STEM education, so they may conduct action research in STEM Education. Our graduates will be able to address community STEM education needs through needs-based intervention experiences.

The Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction allows students to seek an advanced degree in a variety of concentrations. The concentration focuses on curricular issues as a field of inquiry and develops strengths in the areas of understanding and addressing the complex and multiple questions that influence curriculum theory, design, development, delivery, assessment and evaluation.

C&I Master's Program Handbook

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How is our STEM Master's concentration different?

The Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education degree with a concentration in STEM Education is designed to meet the diverse needs of professional educators in Pre-K, elementary, middle level, secondary, and informal education. The program of studies provides both foundational and application courses that equip in-service STEM educators with knowledge and skills to positively impact their students and communities. Students will also have opportunities to specialize in areas of professional interest (e.g., Personalized Learning, technology, art, ESL, STEM content, students with disabilities, and others as determined by the advisor).

These include:

  • Learning and applying curriculum and instruction theories in authentic, educational settings.
  • Designing, implementing, and assessing challenging lessons and activities in STEM education.
  • Developing, collaborating, and sustaining relationships among communities of practice.
  • Investigating the affordances of reform-based STEM education pedagogies and curriculum.

Who Benefits from this Degree?

STEM and STEM-adjacent Educators who seek to redefine STEM education at their campuses; enhance their knowledge of Curriculum and Instruction; refine their pedagogical skills in technology use and engineering design processes; improve the teaching of thinking skills in their contexts; and engage through action research to implement and measure reform efforts in STEM education.

  • Pre-K through 12th grade STEM Teachers
  • STEM Curriculum Writers
  • STEM Instructional Coaches
  • STEM Assessment and Evaluators
  • Informal Science Educators
  • Administrators and Faculty in STEM Schools or Districts

When Can I apply?

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

What do I need in order to Apply?

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School 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 the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Semester in which the concentration can be started

We are currently accepting applications for all semesters (Spring/Summer/Fall) on a rolling basis.

Application deadlines:

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

What is the Mode of Delivery?

The STEM Master's core curriculum is offered fully online.

How many Hours are Required for this Master's Degree?

The master's degree consists 36 hours of coursework. With advisor approval, up to six graduate hours from another university may be transferred, if they fit into one of the degree requirements.

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What is the Cost?

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

Where can I Find out about Financial Aid?

Scholarships and assistantships for master's students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education.

Who can I Contact for More Information?

Brandi StephensAcademic AdvisorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentbrandi.stephens@ttu.edu 806-834-4554

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Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Online
  • Hours to Completion: 36
  • Now accepting applications for: All Semesters
  • Maximum Transfer Hours: 6