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UT Tyler School of Education - Graduate

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Initial Teacher Certification - Grad Teach

The University of Texas at Tyler offers online Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification, known as the Grad Teach program, to help students complete the requirements to teach in a Texas classroom. The Grad Teach program is a cognate within the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and is the post-baccalaureate program for teacher certification in grades 4-8, 7-12, and EC-12 (in limited content areas.)  The Grad Teach program is an online 30-hour graduate program for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to become Texas certified teachers. Grad Teach courses are offered in 7-week sessions.

Upon completion of the 30-hours, students will earn their M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and will be eligible for the Texas teacher certification. Students must complete their master’s to be eligible for the post-baccalaureate certification.

Two cohorts will be admitted every year. The first cohort will begin courses in June and the second cohort in fall. Students in both cohorts will complete the required courses the following fall. The program is a 5-semester program.

Applicants for the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction must meet General Degree Requirements of the College of Education. Tuition and fees are substantially discounted for online courses. Contact Dr. Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz for further information at yoliverasortiz@uttyler.edu.

The TEACH Grant is now available to Grad Teach students seeking a certification in math, science, computer science or Spanish. Only students with a cumulative UT Tyler or combined grade point average of at least 3.25 at the time of disbursement or a transfer student with at least a 3.25 cumulative transfer grade point average are eligible to apply.  For more information about the TEACH Grant, visit the UT Tyler Financial Aid office website, and for information on the application process for the TEACH Grant, contact Lisa Dempsey ldempsey@uttyler.edu, BEP 247J, and 903.566.7022.  

A student may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of "B" or better has been earned from approved institutions. Transfer credit must be approved by the student's advisor. Transfer credit cannot be approved unless an official transcript of all transfer work is on file in the Office of Graduate Studies. Transfer credit should be evaluated and approved prior to the completion of the degree plan.

Grad Teach: Respected. Focused on Excellence. Our Grad Teach program is a great way for you to take the next step toward your teaching goals!

Application Deadline:

If you are seeking financial aid, application and all required application documents must be received three weeks prior to the first day of classes of the semester you wish to enroll.  If you are not seeking financial aide, all required application documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of classes of the semester you wish to enroll.

Criminal History Acknowledgement:

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following:

    1. In order to receive a teacher certification, you must pass a criminal history background check.
    2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for a certified teacher, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
    3. You have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency.  The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information, see Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Grad Teach program, a prospective student must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall or last 60 hour GPA
  • Have successful GRE scores according to the admission point chart below.  The GRE can be waived if your last 60 hour GPA is a 3.25 or higher.
  • For consideration for admission to the program, the applicant must either have an undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) of 3.25 or higher, or earn at least 5 points from the following table:

GPA

Points Awarded

GRE (Verbal)

Points Awarded

GRE (Quantitative)

Points Awarded

3.000-3.249

3

151+

3

141+

1

2.750-2.999

2

148-150

2

 Below 141

0

2.500-2.749

1

146-147

1

 

 

 

Application Submission Process:

First:

  • Decide the content and grade level of the certification desired.
  • Take the state’s Pre-Admission Content Test for the content and grade level selected based on above list (PACT) (refer to information below).
  • Apply through our online application.

Then:

  • Send all of the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address below:
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    • Successful score on the PACT (see information below).
    • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - This can be waived if your last 60 hours of undergraduate work is a 3.25 or higher and will be determined once all transcripts have been submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    • Successful scores on a basic skills exam (see information below).  If you must take the GRE, this will fulfill this requirement.

The Office of Graduate Admissions, STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

You may also email documents to ogs@uttyler.edu

Finally:

Complete the Admission Screening Survey.

International Applicants: If the applicant's bachelor's degree is from a non-US institution, it must be evaluated by a service on this list. Also, a total ibt TOEFL score of 79 with a speaking subsection score of 26 or higher is necessary for admission.

Admission Decision:

If a student has been approved for full admission to the program, you will receive an offer of admission through email that you must accept or deny.  During the first semester of course work, you will be billed a nonrefundable $125 School of Education Admission Fee.

SUMMER Cohort - Plan of Study:

Block 1 - Completed during the summer semester:

  • READ 5301 - Language Literacy and Culture OR
  • READ 5302 - Issues in Teaching of Literacy
  • EDUC 5306 - School Policy & Texas Students

Block 2 - Completed during the fall semester:

  • EDUC 5047 - Clinical Teaching/Internship*
  • EDUC 5372 - Models of Teaching & Assessment
  • EDUC 5335 - Classroom Management & Discipline

Block 3 - Completed during the spring:

  • EDUC 5047 - Clinical Teaching/Internship**
  • EDUC 5306 - Best Practices for Curriculum & Instruction
  • EDUC 5306 - Diversity & Special Populations

Block 4 - Completed during the second summer:

  • EDUC 5301 - Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
  • READ 5305 - Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents

Block 5 - Completed during the second fall:

  • EDUC 5359 - Educational Technology
  • EDUC 5302 - Research Project in Curriculum & Instruction

Total: 30 hours

Printable Plan of Study - Summer Cohort

FALL Cohort - Plan of Study:

Block 1 - Completed during the fall semester:

  • EDUC 5372 - Models of Teaching & Assessment
  • EDUC 5315 - School Policy & Texas Students
  • EDUC 5335 - Classroom Management & Discipline
  • EDUC 5047 - Clinical Teaching/Internship*

Block 2 - Completed during the spring semester:

  • EDUC 5047 - Clinical Teaching/Internship**
  • EDUC 5306 - Best Practices for Curriculum & Instruction
  • EDUC 5306 - Diversity & Special Populations

Block 3 - Completed during the summer:

  • EDUC 5301 - Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
  • READ 5301 - Language Literacy and Culture OR
  • READ 5302 - Issues in Teaching of Literacy
  • READ 5305 - Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents

Block 4 - Completed during the second fall:

  • EDUC 5359 - Educational Technology
  • EDUC 5302 - Research Project in Curriculum & Instruction

Total: 30 hours

Printable Plan of Study - Fall Cohort

*Students completing a full-year internship will register for EDUC 5047 in their first fall semester.
**All students (interns and clinical teachers) will register for EDUC 5047 in the spring.

Additional Information:

Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT):

The PACT content must correlate with your degree.  The PACT must be taken and passed prior to the admission deadline.  It takes approximately 7-10 days to receive official scores.  Study materials can be found on the testing website.  For additional information, visit PACT.

Basic Skills Exam & GRE Requirements:

While a student’s GPA may waive the GRE requirement for admission into the M.Ed. program, all certification students must take a basic skills exam.

  • Students with a GPA of 3.25 or above in their last 60 hours of course work may choose to take any of the basic skills exams listed below.
  • Students with a GPA below 3.25 in their last 60 hours of course work must take the GRE to meet the GRE and basic skills exam requirements. Students that take the GRE and score within the satisfactory score range, will not be required to take an additional basic skills test.

Basic Skill Tests Scores:

Provide evidence of satisfactory scores on one of these acceptable basic skills tests:

  • TSI - Minimum of 351 in Reading, 350 in Math, 5 on essay OR 4 on essay with a minimum of 363 in sentence structure
  • GRE - Minimum of 159 on Verbal (590 old GRE); minimum of 148 on Quantitative (590 old GRE); Minimum of 4 on Writing
  • ACT - Composite score of 24 with minimum of 22 on the English, Mathematics, and combined English/Writing (EW) tests
  • SAT - Minimum of 550 on the Critical Reading (verbal), Mathematics, and Writing tests.  New SAT scores after March 2016: Minimum of 570 on mathematics, 330 on EBRW (Evidence Based Reading and Writing) and 5 on the essay.

Grad Teach Handbook

Contact Information:

For Program Information:

Dr. Yanira Oliveras-Ortiz
BEP 245
903.565.5639
yoliverasortiz@uttyler.edu

For Admission Information:

903.566.7087
SOEgraduate@uttyler.edu

For complaints about this certification educator preparation program, please follow the policy outlined in the Certification Program's Complaint Policy.

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