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Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MS) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master of Science in Generic Special Education (MS) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master of Science in Education with a major in Bilingual Education (MS-Ed) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master of Science in Education with a major in Early Childhood Education (MS-Ed) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master of Science in Education with a major in Educational Administration (MS-Ed)

Master of Science in Education with a major in Reading (MS-Ed) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master of Science in School Counseling (MS)

(Offered by Texas A&M University)

Educational Diagnostics (code-61)

Principal (code-68)

Reading Specialist (code-59)

School Counselor (code-60)

Superintendency (code-64)

Master Reading Teacher Certificate
Master Technology Teacher Certificate

Bilingual Education (code 67)

English as a Second Language (code 12)

See Academic Regulations for Graduate Degrees for specific TAMIU regulations.

All applicants seeking a Master of Science Degree, or interested in graduate coursework in the College of Education, must complete an application to Graduate School in the Office of Admissions. To be admitted to a Master’s Degree Program, applicants must fulfill all the general requirements of the university for admission to graduate study including satisfying the GRE requirement. Students enrolled in Graduate Studies must maintain a "B" average to maintain an active status in the program. Candidates should consult with their advisor to determine the requirements that apply to the degree they are seeking.


  1. Major-Minor Requirements: Eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) hours in a major subject and twelve (12) to fifteen (15) hours in a minor or specialized area. Electives are taken to complete the thirty-six (36) hours for the degree.
  2. Prerequisites (Stemwork): Eighteen (18) hours of education course work, including twelve (12) advanced hours. For each minor: twelve (12) hours of undergraduate work, including six (6) advanced hours. The College of Education, however, retains the right to examine the applicant’s prerequisites and to accept certain equivalent hours or to require additional work.
  3. Thesis: The graduate student is expected to complete a thesis related to the major field of study. Graduate students in the College of Education may choose from a thesis or non-thesis track where available. Non-thesis track students will be required to write a major paper as prescribed by the department. Both thesis and non-thesis track students will be required to enroll in a Research Design course. Thesis track students will be expected to complete and successfully defend a thesis related to the major field of study and enroll in a thesis writing course offered by the College of Education.
  4. Comprehensive Examination: A comprehensive examination shall be passed by the candidate covering the major field. The passing score will be valid for one year. Students majoring in Bilingual Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education or Reading and admitted Fall 2007 or after will be required to pass both a written and oral comprehensive exam in the major and minor fields of study to satisfy degree requirements. All other master's degrees in the College of Education will require an oral comprehensive examination that may or may not be based on a written comprehensive examination.
  5. A Second Master’s Degree: Students shall not be permitted to apply the same course credit to more than one master’s degree. To be admitted, students must satisfy all admission requirements including satisfying the GRE.
  6. Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: With the permission of the faculty advisor, up to six (6) credit hours of 4000-level courses, as indicated in the course descriptions, may be taken for graduate credit hours in the entire degree plan. These courses must include extra work over and above regular undergraduate syllabus requirements. Such work shall be prearranged with the course instructor.
  7. Leave of Absence: Under unusual circumstances, a student may petition for a leave of absence. The student’s Advisory Committee Chairperson and the Chair of the Department must approve the petition. If the petition is granted, the registration requirement will be set aside during the period of the leave and will not count towards the requirement that the student complete a master’s degree within a period of five years or within the time specified for the particular program. Leaves will be granted only under conditions that require the suspension of all activities associated with the thesis.
Candidates pursuing initial teacher certification may enroll in graduate level courses only if they have been accepted to Graduate Study in the College of Education.

The College of Education (COE) reviews applicants for admission to its graduate programs prior to the beginning of each semester: November 30th, April 30th, and July 30th. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of their completed application for graduate school, academic record as reflected on transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, interviews, and other relevant documentation. Applicants will be required to take each of the three parts on the GRE exam. The College may grant provisional admission for a maximum of six graduate hours to students who have not met the GRE requirement and who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Provisional status must be removed at the end of the six semester credit hours and before any other coursework can be taken.

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