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Elementary Education

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Advisor
San Marcos Campus

(Grades EC-6)
Dr. Katie Peterson
elemedgrad@txstate.edu
512.245.3087
Education Building, Room 3028

Graduate Advisor
Round Rock Campus
(Grades EC-6)

Dr. Cheryll Dennis
elemedgrad@txstate.edu
512.716.4533
Avery Building, Room 464F


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Graduate Advisor
(Grades 4-8)

Dr. Gwynne Ash
gwynne@txstate.edu
512.245.8068
Education Building, Room 3019


Graduate Advisor
(Talent Development)

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


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Graduate Advisor
(Bilingual/Bicultural)
Dr. Charise Pimentel
cp26@txstate.edu
512.245.3678
Education Building, Room 3014


Graduate Advisor
(Early Childhood Education)
Dr. Tim Kinard
timkinard@txstate.edu
512.245.6382
Education Building, Room 3067


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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

  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.Ed. No concentration 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. No concentration 36 Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Early Childhood Education 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. Early Childhood Education 36 Thesis Minor required
M.Ed. Talent Development 36 Non-Thesis Minor required
M.A. Talent Development 30 Thesis No minor

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

Degree Master's Program Certification Program Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.Ed. Elementary Education 4–8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education 4–8 English Language Arts and Reading 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education 4–8 Science 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education 4–8 Social Studies 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education 4–8 Math 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education 4–8 Generalist 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education EC–6 Generalist Bilingual 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education EC–6 Generalist ESL 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.Ed. Elementary Education – Teacher Recruitment Program EC–6 Core Subjects ESL 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Eligibility Requirements for Teacher Certification
According to the Texas Education Agency, there are specific requirements for becoming a classroom teacher. In addition to the application requirements for the master’s degree, you must also meet the eligibility requirements posted by the Educator Preparation Program.

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


Applying for Summer 2020:
ApplyTexas Application Information

To ensure you are applying for the correct certification program, please choose the appropriate program based on the information below.

  • Select "Elementary Education (MEd + Teacher Certification)" if you are pursuing the following certifications (you will select your preferred concentration at the end of the application):
    • 4–8 English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies
    • 4–8 Science
    • 4–8 Math
    • 4–8 Generalist
  • Select "Elementary Education - EC-6 Generalist Bilingual (MEd)" if you are pursuing:
    • EC–6 Generalist Bilingual certification
  • Select "Elementary Education - EC-6 Generalist ESL (MEd)" if you are pursuing: 
    • EC–6 Generalist ESL certification

Online Availability
Part 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 Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 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

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

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.

Application


Application Fee(s)

  • $35 nonrefundable Texas Education Agency technology fee (if offered admission to the master's + certification program)
    and either
  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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)

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required

For M.A. and M.Ed. applicants applying to programs with no concentrations OR with concentrations in Early Childhood Education and CMED:

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

For M.A. and M.Ed. applicants applying to the Elementary Education program with a concentration in Talent Development: 

  • additional documents not required

TOEFL scores for all certification 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.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-certification 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.