Jan 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction, Biology Concentration, MEd


The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Generalist) is designed for certified teachers and individuals who are interested in researching, developing and implementing curriculum changes to support student achievement in K-12 Education. This program allows students to focus on curriculum methodology, pedagogy, and theoretical applications and how to apply these to the classroom.  The degree program requires 36 hours of graduate coursework.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language teaching allows practicing educators to specialize in Bilingual Education or prepare for the ESL supplement. This degree is 36 credits.

The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree (Initial Teacher Certification track) is designed for post-baccalaureate students interested in earning a teaching certificate along with a Curriculum & Instruction master’s degree.   This program prepares future K-12 educators with a thorough background in classroom research and pedagogical content with courses that are infused with instructional technology, address real-life instructional challenges, and apply evidence-based instruction.  This degree is 36 credits.

The Graduate Initial Teacher Certification Program includes 6 graduate courses and either a one semester, unpaid student teaching placement or a full year (two semesters), paid internship as teacher-of-record. This program is 24 credits total.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in Biology or Mathematics (36 credits) are degree programs offered to district cohorts that will allow teachers to gain advanced content knowledge or gain the credits necessary for community-college level teaching. These programs are not currently offered for individuals.

Students will gain the professional development needed to understand learner characteristics, identify materials that enhance inquiry and critical thinking, incorporate the latest technologies in teaching and learning, and design assessments using the instructional design process. The specific Student Learning Outcomes of the M.Ed. program for candidates are:

  • Understand the nature of classroom inquiry, develop inquiry skills, and use inquiry processes in teaching and learning in the math and science content area subjects.
  • Access scholarly databases and gain pedagogical content knowledge through reading and reviewing researched publications.
  • Deepen pedagogical content knowledge of math and science through inquiry-based processes.
  • Construct understanding of K-12 student learning and effective instructional practices to engage K-12 students in active learning.
  • Address Texas state standards when selecting and developing high-quality teaching and learning experiences for K-12 students.
  • Use technology in in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.
  • Design and implement classroom research projects to address problem areas in teaching and student learning of math and science.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Mychelle Smith, Dal 1, Room 321, Phone: 972-338-1373, Email: Mychelle.Smith@untdallas.edu

 

Admission Standards


Applicants must have at least 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work prior to receiving the bachelor’s degree, or a 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work, to be considered for unconditional admission to graduate studies at UNT Dallas. Applicants who have already completed a master’s degree must have at least a 3.4 GPA on the master’s.
(Conditional admission may be granted to students who do not meet the above criteria; however, no student with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or lower will be admitted.)

 

Admission Procedures


Submit the following to UNT Dallas Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate School Application for Admission (apply online at www.applytexas.org)
  • Complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Complete admission essays
  • Submit two letters of reference
  • Additional admission items will be required for students seeking teacher certification including: education preparation program application and code of ethics acknowledgement. This will take place after admission to the graduate school.

 

Degree Requirements


To complete the master’s degree, candidates would have to complete the following core courses as well as 18 credits in the biology concentration area.

 

Core, 18 hours


All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Biology Concentration, 18 hours


All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.