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Developmental Education

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Taylor Acee
ASBN, Room 401C

Advisor Support
Dena Guerrero
ASBN, Room 401

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The program offers students the opportunity to research with nationally and internationally recognized, award-winning faculty in beautiful central Texas. Students learn to think critically about theory, research and practice in multiple areas of college readiness and developmental education including developmental literacy, learning support and developmental mathematics.

Online Availability
The majority of the Developmental Mathematics and Learning Support concentrations may be offered online while the Literacy concentration is offered exclusively 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 Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.
Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Developmental Mathematics 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Learning Support 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. Literacy 36 Non-Thesis No minor

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

Application Deadline
This program has a firm 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 firm 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.


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Application Fee

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

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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)

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • statement of purpose (approximately 500 words) describing your background and professional goals, including your rationale for pursuing the chosen professional degree program, how your goals tie into the mission of the graduate program, and your philosophy of teaching and learning
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals who know you as a student or as a professional

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, 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 PTE scores required with a 52 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.

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