Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction w/ ESL Education Concentration

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • Minimum of cumulative 3.0 GPA or 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree program
  • Three positive letters of academic recommendation
  • Letter of interest and commitment
  • Student will complete an on-site writing sample
  • Resume
  • Official Scores on the GRE or MAT

Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester of enrollment.  Contact Graduate Studies Office for more information.  Graduate.Studies@tamut.edu 

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Interdisciplinary Core Courses
ED 520Education Research Literature and Techniques3
Major Courses
ED 530Human Growth and Development for Educators3
ED 547Evaluating Learning3
ED 551Effective Strategies for Student Success3
ED 573Leadership and Mentoring in Education3
ED 590Curriculum Alignment for School Improvement3
ITED 511Teaching with Emerging Technologies3
ESL Concentration
ESL 500Foundations of ESL Education3
ESL 572Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs)3
ESL 575United States Hispanic Culture and Civilization3
or ESL 593 United States Ethnic Minority Studies
6sch in Reading:6
Elementary Certifications require:
Fundamentals of Reading Instruction
Prescriptive Reading
Secondary Certifications require:
Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Approved Graduate Elective
Minimum Hours for Degree36

Graduate Courses 

ED 520. Education Research Literature and Techniques. 3 Hours.

This course addresses the process and tools to locate, read, understand, and critique education research. The fundamental techniques of planning, conducting, and reporting qualitative and quantitative research will also be considered. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 530. Human Growth and Development for Educators. 3 Hours.

This course examines cognitive, physical, psychological, and social development of humans from conception through adolescence (0-20 years). Theoretical frameworks, critical issues, and current research pertaining to each life-stage are included. Educational implications of domain specific developmental factors are highlighted. Study of the overlay of creativity, resiliency, and focus of control are added psychological variables integrated for further understanding of developmental influences on student success and/or failure in learning and school. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 547. Evaluating Learning. 3 Hours.

This course addresses formative and summative assessments of learning. Related statistical analysis concepts are also studied. Prerequisite: ED 520 and must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 551. Effective Strategies for Student Success. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on effective best-practice teaching and learning strategies aligned to the written and assessed curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the use of research-based instructional strategies in the classroom. Prerequisite: ED 520.

ED 573. Leadership and Mentoring in Education. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on building leadership through research-based strategies. The role of the professional as consultant, mentor, and coach is discussed. Prerequisite: ED 520.

ED 590. Curriculum Alignment for School Improvement. 3 Hours.

This course addresses theories and related practices of applied curriculum leadership including topological and deep alignment of the written, taught, and tested curriculum. Students will study research-based curriculum-related elements of high performing schools. Prerequisite: ED 520.

ESL 500. Foundations of ESL Education. 3 Hours.

This course studies the conceptual, linguistic, sociological, historical, political, and legal foundations of ESL education. The course presents an overview of the types of ESL and bilingual programs and the principles of effective ESL education, as well as theory and research supporting best teaching practices for English Language Learners (ELLs). It studies the impact of legislation, family involvement, and community support in the education of immigrant children and, in particular, of ELLs. This course is aligned with the standards for ESL educators and prepares students for TeXes 154 ESL Supplemental.

ESL 572. Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs). 3 Hours.

This course studies the conditions for developing English as a Second Language (ESL) and effective teaching strategies for the ESL classroom. It is the second language acquisition process and the factors that affect L2 development. It provides students with research-based teaching strategies for devloping and assssing academic English. The cours is aligned with the standards for ESL educators and prepares students for TeXes 154 ESL Supplemental.

ESL 575. United States Hispanic Culture and Civilization. 3 Hours.

This cours explores the many facets of hte Latina/o experience in the U.S. and the specific histories and cultures that mark the trajectories of individual Hispanic sub-ethnic groups and their representation including the history of the most representative Hispanic communities, including those that constitute the greatest part of the category "Latina/o:" Chicano/Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans/Nuyoricans, and Cuban Americans. Course is taught in English.

ESL 582. Second Language Acquisition in Adults. 3 Hours.

This course studies the conditions for developing English as a second language (ESL) and effective teaching strategies for ESL acquisition by adult learners. It reviews the English system and the processes of first language (L1) and second language (L2) acquisition. The course analyzes the factors that affect second language development. It provides students with the materials and knowledge needed to participate in project based learning activities through the implementation of a plan to develop a community-based program for adult ESL learners. Course is concurrent with ESL 572.

ESL 593. United States Ethnic Minority Studies. 3 Hours.

This course examines the diverse cultural, artistic, economic, historical, political, and social aspects of US ethnic minority communities. Course surveys the historical, psychological, social and economic factors influencing ethnic minorities' life in the United States. The course is an in-depth cross-cultural study of the major US ethnic minority groups in the US, with an emphasis on the study of minority groups in Northeast Texas and surrounding areas. The course opens awareness of diversity, tolerance, and of the values of the minority ethnic cultures and their contributions to the makeup of the general American culture. It also deals with implications for teaching adult learners and learners in school settings that uses an approach to multicultural education. We will explore these issues through readings, discussions, lectures, films, short stories, field trips, and observation.

ITED 511. Teaching with Emerging Technologies. 3 Hours.

The Web 2.0 and other emerging learning technologies have the potential to provide effective and powerful learning environments in which learners can develop skills the information age require. This course explores innovative ways of utilizing emerging technologies to facilitate learning and to improve the way we teach. Topics include blogs, podcasts, wikis, online social networks, virtual worlds, and digital game-based learning. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

RDG 501. Fundamentals of Reading Instruction. 3 Hours.

This course provides the essential reading skills and teaching techniques for pre-service teachers. Additionally, the course covers effective components of reading instruction, along with research-based student interventions. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into Alternative Certification Program.

RDG 562. Prescriptive Reading. 3 Hours.

This course provides a framework for examining reading difficulties in all components of reading instruction. Effective assessment techniques and strategies to scaffold student learning will be discussed. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into Alternative Certification Program.

RDG 563. Teaching Reading in the Content Area. 3 Hours.

This course assists the content area teacher in acquiring the necessary understandings and techniques to more effectively facilitate learning from textbooks. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into Alternative Certification Program.

Faculty

Dr. Abbie Strunc                                                                                                                                                           Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                          Email: astrunc@tamut.edu

Dr. Luz Mary Rincon

Professor

Email: luzmary.rincon@tamut.edu