Master of Science- Interdisciplinary Studies w/ Teacher Certification

Admission Requirements

  •  Baccalaureate degree
  •  Minimum of cumulative 2.80 GPA or 2.80 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree program
  • Teacher Certification candidates must submit a passing score on the TExES exam for Admission (in lieu of GRE or MAT)
  • Three letters of academic recommendation
  •  Writing sample conducted in campus Testing Center
  •  Letter of interest with statement of goals included
  •  Resume
  • Teacher Certification candidates must also submit an application through the TK20 website. 

For more information, contact the Graduate Alternative Certification Program Office at 903-223-3044 or

Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester of enrollment.

Review Admission Criteria and Application on website and on the TK20 website. 

Contact: Dr. Gaynell Green; (903) 223-3165;

Degree Requirements

Students must meet with the advisor from the Graduate Alternative Certification Program (Debbie Hopkins) and the MSIS Program (Dr. Gaynell Green) prior to enrolling in any coursework.  Your advisor will help you choose your electives.

Education Concentration
IS 501Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar1
Research Methods:3
Education Research Literature and Techniques
Research in Composition
Research Literature and Techniques
Research Literature and Techniques
Anchor Discipline - Education
ED 506Classroom Management and Basic Law for Teachers3
ED 508Introduction to Teaching3
ED 530Human Growth and Development for Educators3
ED 557Innovative Learner-Centered Strategies for Student Success3
Supplemental Discipline #1 19
Supplemental Discipline #2 19
IS 590Capstone Portfolio I1
IS 591Capstone Portfolio II1
Minimum Hours for Degree36

Graduate Courses in Teacher Certification

ED 506. Classroom Management and Basic Law for Teachers. 3 Hours.

This course presents all aspects of classroom management from organizing classroom space to strategies for dealing with student behavior. Basic Texas education laws will be presented ranging from contracts to the First Amendment in schools. This course will prepare the student to feel confident not only on the first day of school but for the entire year. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

ED 508. Introduction to Teaching. 3 Hours.

This course examines learning theories along with their impact on strategies for effective teaching. Educational measurement and evaluation (STAAR) used by schools will be studied. 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 557. Innovative Learner-Centered Strategies for Student Success. 3 Hours.

This course contains the professional body of knowledge necessary for the effective teaching of diverse learners for student success. Course emphasis is centered on understanding theories and strategies that address the needs of a diverse population in the public school systems. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Alternative Certification Program.

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.

IS 595. Research Literature and Techniques. 3 Hours.

This is a review of research studies produced by investigators in student's major field with emphasis on investigative and verification techniques employed. Students will demonstrate competence in using systematic research techniques by investigation and formal reporting of a problem.

IS 596. MSIS Research Project. 3 Hours.

This is an independent/directed study course wherein the student refines and completes a final project for the MSIS degree. The instructor and an outside evaluator will work with the student during the semester, with the student submitting rough drafts of the project throughout the semester. The student will be evaluated by their mentor and two additional faculty. The faculty will look for evidence that the student has mastered the learning outcomes expected in the MSIS program.

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.


Dr. Gaynell Green

Associate Professor


Dr. Teri Fowler

Associate Professor


Dr. Sandra Labby

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sara Lawrence

Assistant Professor


Dr. Judy Sander



Dr. Abbie Strunc

Assistant Professor