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Elementary Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Advisor
Elementary Education (General)

Dr. Cheryll Dennis
elemedgrad@txstate.edu
512.716.4533
Avery, Room 464F
Round Rock Campus


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Graduate Advisor
Elementary Education
(Talent Development)

Dr. Susan Waite
sw22@txstate.edu
512.245.3084
Education Building, 
Room 3016


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Graduate Advisor
Elementary Education
(EC–4 Master Math)

Dr. Cheryll Dennis
elemedgrad@txstate.edu
512.716.4533
Avery, Room 464F
Round Rock Campus


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Texas State has been a top school for educators for over 100 years. Texas State is the ideal choice for teachers seeking to improve their performance and for career changers looking for certification with a master’s degree. The community of students enrolled in the master’s degree programs in elementary education at Texas State are passionate about teaching, learning and making a difference.

Master's Degree Programs

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Early Childhood Education 36 Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. Elementary Education 36 Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Elementary Education 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. Talent Development 30 Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Talent Development 36 Non-Thesis Minor required

Master's Degree + Initial Teacher Certification (CMED) Programs 

Degree Certification Program Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. 4–8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. 4–8 Science 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. 4–8 Math 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. 4–8 Generalist 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. EC–6 Generalist ESL 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. EC–6 Generalist Bilingual 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Certification Plan Information
If you are admitted to one of the CMED programs, please contact the Office of Educator Preparation for your certification plan. If you are seeking teacher certification without a master's degree, please review the stand-alone teacher certification information.

Master's Degree + Professional Certification Program

Degree Concentration & Certification Program Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. EC–4 Master Math Teacher 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Professional Certification Exam
You will be eligible to take the master mathematics teacher exam upon successful completion of specific program requirements.

Texas State Round Rock Campus
Some of the elementary education programs can be completed in Round Rock, though taking courses in both San Marcos and Round Rock will result in quicker degree completion.

Online Availability
Some of the elementary education programs may be offered partially online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Office regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • $55 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission to the master's + professional certification program)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted.


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

For M.A. and M.Ed. applicants with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, CMED and EC-4 Master Math Teacher:

  • one page statement of purpose on why you wish to teach 
  • three letters of recommendation 

For M.A. and M.Ed. applicants with a concentration in Talent Development: 

  • additional documents not required

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL scores for all certification applicants

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 26 speaking
    • 19 writing

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-certification applicants

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.