Nov 25, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education


Master’s Programs

Doctoral Programs



“Expanding Possibilities, Creating Solutions”


The College of Education at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, devoted to excellence in instruction, research, and service, prepares leaders representing diverse backgrounds and experiences, to serve the educational needs in the global community.

Graduate Programs

The College of Education (COE) offers the Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in the majors listed below. The COE graduate program also offers the certification areas and Supplemental Certificates listed below.


Doctor of Education
  Educational Leadership (offered jointly by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University-Kingsville)

Doctor of Philosophy

  Counselor Education
  Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Science

  Counseling Elementary Education
  Curriculum and Instruction Kinesiology
  Early Childhood Education Reading
  Educational Administration Secondary Education
  Instructional Design and Educational Technology Special Education

Certification Areas

  All-Level Education (EC-12) Principal
  Elementary Education (EC-6, 4-8) Reading Specialist
  Educational Diagnostician School Counselor
    Secondary Education (7-12)
  Supplemental Certificates:
  Bilingual Education (EC-6) Gifted and Talented

English as a Second Language


Graduate programs offered by the COE are designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in scholarly pursuits at advanced levels. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition and application of existing knowledge and the generation of new knowledge.

While the course sequence in some of the degrees is designed to provide graduates with competencies required for certification, degree plans may be tailored to meet the special needs of students who desire the degree, but not the certification.

College of Education Graduate Policies and Regulations

In addition to the University’s graduate policies and requirements in the general section of the catalog, the College of Education has the following policies and regulations.

Graduate Admission to the College of Education

Applicants are eligible to pursue master- or doctoral-level course work in the COE if they meet the following conditions.

  1. All applicants must meet the general graduate admission requirements of the University.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and a graduate GPA of 3.00 on the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work and any previous work in graduate school.
  3. Applicants must complete the goals statement as required on the application form. The statement should be between 300 to 400 words, and should include information about their reasons for pursuing graduate study and for choosing a specific graduate program in the College of Education. Other background information relevant to the application may be included. Applications will be evaluated by the appropriate faculty and/or advisor within the College of Education.
  4. Students who have submitted all required application documents, but who do not meet the minimum GPA of 3.00, may enroll in the degree program of their choice in a conditional status in courses approved by the chair of the department in which the applicant seeks admission. Students seeking initial certification with a Master of Science in Elementary or Secondary Education must have at least a 2.5 GPA to be considered for conditional admittance into the Educator Preparation Program. (See “Conditional Status ” in the “Admission ” section of the catalog.) Such students must achieve not less than a 3.00 GPA in the specified courses. After completing at least 6 semester credit hours with a GPA of not less than 3.00 at this University, applicants may continue the application process into a graduate program in the College of Education. Graduate students on conditional status can normally take no more than 6 graduate hours per semester until the conditional status is removed. However, students admitted conditionally in the department of Counseling and Educational Psychology may take 9 semester credit hours per semester with the approval of the Department. If students fail to meet the conditions stipulated by the department to which they were conditionally admitted, they will be suspended from the College of Education for at least one year. During this suspension, they cannot take any graduate courses in the College of Education. After a year’s suspension, students may reapply for the program of their choice. No more than 9 semester hours of courses taken at this University or any other University while in this conditional status may be applied to this specific graduate degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Applicants for the counseling programs will have additional admission requirements.  Please check with the Counseling Department for details.

Applicants for the doctoral programs in counselor education, curriculum and instruction, or educational leadership must meet all additional requirements for those programs as specified by the program. For doctoral application deadlines, see the catalog section for the appropriate doctoral program.

Certification Plans and Master of Science Degree Plans

Prior to full or conditional acceptance into the College of Education Graduate Program, students seeking initial certification and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education or in Secondary Education must 1) meet all requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and pass the desired content area TExES Pre-Admission Content Exam (PACT). More information regarding the PACT can be found at the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website:; 2) Complete a screening essay to be read by a faculty member of the Department of Teacher Education; and 3) Agree to and sign the Code of Ethics and Standards of the College of Education’s Educator Preparation Program before being fully or conditionally admitted into the program. Certification and degree plans that involve Texas Education Agency rules also require approval of the Certification Officer prior to becoming certified to teach. Students desiring to change from their initial choice of certification plan or degree plan must apply to, and be accepted by, the Program Area in which the new plan is offered. Any course waivers within the student’s plan must be filed in the COE Certification Office.

Admission Requirements to Teacher Education and Full Admission to Graduate Program

  • Candidate must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from a accredited institution of higher learning.  Official transcripts must reflect an overall 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 2.75 in last 30 hours.
  • Candidate must pass the TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT).
  • Candidate must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate program and submit the online graduate application at
  • Candidate must meet with the College of Education Certification Officer to develop a certification plan.

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

In addition to successful completion of all courses, to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass all appropriate TExES examinations required by the State Board for Educator Certification..

Certification programs must be completed or permission must be obtained from the program coordinator or designated person from each teaching field on the student’s certification plan before authorization will be grated to additional certification examinations.

The Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the graduate program for an M.S. in Elementary or Secondary Education.

Initial certification in the following areas:

Art EC-12


Computer Science 8-12

English Language Arts and Reading 4-8

English Language Arts and Reading 7-12

Generalist EC-6

History 7-12

Life Science 7-12

LOTE Spanish EC-12

Mathematics 4-8

Mathematics 7-12

Music EC-12

Physical Education EC-12

Physical Science 6-12

Science 4-8

Social Studies 4-8

Social Studies 7-12

Special Education EC-12

Speech 7-12

Theatre EC-12

Probationary Certificates

For those individuals who already hold a probationary certificate and need to extend that probationary certificate for a second and/or third year, the College of Education offers students the opportunity to retake

  5393 and    up to two additional times, for a total of 3 times per course; however the Internship I and Internship II courses will count only one time on the M.S. degree.

Upon completion of all required courses and passing of the required TExES EC-12 PPR exam, the student may apply to the Texas Education Agency for the initial teaching certification.Additional fees will be assessed by the Texas Education Agency and fingerprinting for background checks.

Certification Testing Accountability

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires competency exams for specified certification areas. TEA reports indicate that for completion year 2013, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is rated accredited.

Graduate Programs and Courses

A list of all graduate degrees offered by the COE may be found at the beginning of the “Education” page above. Provided below are details about the specific master’s and doctoral programs, including information on admission requirements, degree requirements, related certificates, and other matters. Also provided below are descriptions of the courses offered by the degree programs and supporting disciplines. The following section is organized alphabetically by discipline.


Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural courses are designed for students pursuing supplemental certificates in Bilingual Education (EC-Grade 4) and English as a Second Language. Also, these courses are offered in support of graduate degree programs in fields such as Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction. For details concerning these programs, please see the list below of the catalog.

Counseling and Educational Psychology


Graduate Certificate

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction


Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Education

Kinesiology and Military Science


Master of Science

Teacher Education


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Master of Science