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Secondary Education

Graduate Advisor 
Secondary Education 
(General)
Dr. Nathan Bond
jb50@txstate.edu
512.245.3098
Education Building,
Room 3024

Graduate Advisor
Secondary Education
(Talent Development)

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

Since its inception in 1899 as a teachers’ college, Texas State University has continuously prepared educators who will bring about positive change in schools. The program’s most famous graduate was Lyndon Baines Johnson, who taught speech in a public school in Texas before becoming President of the United States. The program continues to develop teacher-leaders who will make significant contributions in schools and other educational settings.

Master's Degree Programs

  These programs do not offer initial teacher's certification in conjunction with the master's degree. If you are looking for a master's program that offers a teacher's certification plan in conjunction with the degree, please see below.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. No concentration 30 Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Educational Technology 39 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Talent Development 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Teaching Dual Credit Courses 36 Non-Thesis 18-hour cognate required

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

Degree Certification Program Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. Student-selected 36 Non-Thesis Minor required

Certification Plan Information
If you are admitted to the CMED program, 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.

Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered 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 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15* June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

*The deadline for the Fall 2018 term has been extended to August 1, 2018.

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

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

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA for M.A. applicants

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.4 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

Transcripts & GPA for M.Ed. applicants

  • 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 important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 


GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required

Documents

  • MA applicants only: statement of purpose (one page) identifying and describing your research interests

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


TOEFL scores for CMED applicants

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
    • 22 listening
    • 22 reading
    • 24 speaking
    • 21 writing

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

  Review important information about official test scores.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-CMED applicants

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • 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 important information about official test scores.