Dreeben School of Education

Master of Arts or Master of Education for General Education

This degree is for students who want to concentrate their core work in Education but with a general group of courses either from the Dreeben School of Education as a whole, or from another School/College. If the majority of the work is from Education, the degree will be the M.Ed. If more than several courses come from other College/Schools, the M.A. will be awarded. This open-ended degree plan allows students to select up to six (6) courses that will best suit their needs within a focus of Education.

Core Courses (12 semester hours)

  • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations in Education
  • EDUC 6304 Theories of Learning
  • EDUC 63CS1 Capstone in Education, or another capstone course approved by the Program Advisor.

Other courses from Education: at least two (6 hours)

Courses from other disciplines OR from Education: up to six (18 semester hours)

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The University of the Incarnate Word teacher preparation program has a 99% pass rate on the TExES state certification exams. All Teacher Education programs at UIW are approved and overseen by the State Board for Educator Certification of Texas.

The M.A.T. degree offers an opportunity for students to obtain elementary, secondary, or all-level certification while working towards the Master’s degree.
The M.A.T. degree requires 36-42 hours of coursework, (depending upon the area of specialization), completion of all teaching practicum requirements, and a satisfactory Student Apprenticeship experience, or the completion of a one-year internship with a satisfactory evaluation.

Full admission to the M.A.T. requires the following:

  • Completion of all requirements of the UIW Graduate School (transcripts, application, etc.)
  • Submission of scores on the three parts of the Graduate Record Exam: Verbal, 400; Quantitative, 400; and a score of 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section (or 230 on each section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment).
  • Submission of transcripts showing a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Interview with the Director of Teacher Education
  • Application and acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program (TCP). Acceptance into a Teacher Certification program is valid for one year from the initial date of acceptance; students who do not matriculate into the program, or those who are inactive for 12 months or more, must reapply. Teacher Certification Program application requires submission of passing scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, Analytical Writing section 3.5) or the Texas Higher Education Assessment (Reading 230, Mathematics 230, Writing 230). Additional requirements apply for TCP acceptance.

Continuation in this program requires that students/teacher candidates remain in good standing with the Graduate School, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, complete course work in sequence with the program advisor’s approval, demonstrate a professional disposition, and demonstrate content proficiency by passing an examination over the content area of certification prior to registration for the Apprenticeship/Internship. Students who are conditionally admitted to the M.A.T. must complete all admissions requirements prior to registration for more than 9 hours.

Core courses in the M.A.T. (12 or 15 semester hours)

  • EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 6304 Theories of Learning
  • EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 66CS/EDUC 63CS Teacher Internship OR Teacher Apprenticeship

Areas of Concentration within Education:

  • Elementary Concentration: 27 hours
  • Secondary Concentration: 21 plus 0-3 hours of electives
  • All-Level Concentration: 21 hours plus 0-3 hours of electives

Certification by the State of Texas is awarded upon completion of the M.A.T. AND successful completion of passing scores on the TExES exams required by the State Board of Educator Certification.

Graduate and undergraduate students seeking Texas Teacher Certification from the University of the Incarnate Word program will be subject to any additional or new requirements that may be set forth by legislative mandates or the State Board for Educator Certification.

Elementary Teaching (Early Childhood -Grade 6)

Requirements in the major (27 hours)

  • EDUC 6305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
  • EDSP 6363 Survey of Exceptionalities
  • EDRD 6391 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDRD 6393 Approaches to Reading Assessment
  • EDEC 6324 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum & Environment for the Young Child
  • EDUC 6314 Disciplinary Literacy and the English Learner
  • EDUC 6315 Assessment in the Classroom
  • EDUC 6313 Teachers of Children in the Primary Grades
  • EDUC 6317 Teachers of Children in the Intermediate Grades

*Note: UIW offers an Accelerated M.A.T. Program for candidates seeking EC-6 certification. Applicants must present a completed B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Reading and Special Education awarded by UIW. Candidates with similar degrees/minors from other institutions are subject to academic review if applying to the Accelerated M.A.T. Program.

Accelerated Program Elementary Teaching (Early Childhood - Grade 6)

Prerequisite: Completed B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Reading and Special Education*

Requirements in the major (18 hours)

  • EDUC 6305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
  • EDEC 6324 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum & Environment for the Young Child
  • EDUC 6318 Disciplinary Literacy and the English Learner
  • EDUC 6315 Assessment in the Classroom
  • EDUC 6313 Teachers of Children in the Primary Grades
  • EDUC 6317 Teachers of Children in the Intermediate Grades

Secondary Teaching (Grades 8-12)

Teaching Fields: English Language Arts & Reading, History, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science

Requirements in the major (21 hours)

  • EDUC 6305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
  • EDSP 6363 Survey of Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 6318 Disciplinary Literacy and the English Learner
  • EDUC 6315 Assessment in the Classroom
  • EDUC 6325 Pedagogy in the Secondary School
  • EDUC 6327 Integrative Pedagogy for the Secondary School
  • EDUC 6310 Technology in Education

Electives (0/3 hours)

All-Level Teaching (Grades EC-12)

Teaching Fields: Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Theatre
Requirements in the major (21 hours)

  • EDUC 6305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
  • EDSP 6363 Survey of Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 6318 Disciplinary Literacy and the English Learner
  • EDUC 6315 Assessment in the Classroom
  • EDRD 6325 Pedagogy in the Secondary School
  • EDEC 6327 Integrative Pedagogy for the Secondary School
  • EDUC 6310 Technology in Education

Electives (0-3 hours)

Graduate Certification Program

The Graduate Certification Program is a secondary teacher certification program for post-baccalaureate students who have a teaching field in place (Secondary certification fields include: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, or History. All-level certification fields include: Physical Education, Art, Music, Spanish, or Theater). Students will be eligible for secondary certification (grades 8-12) or all-level certification (grades EC-12) upon completion of all required coursework, passing the associated TExES certification exams, and completion of the certification application process; including fingerprinting and a background investigation. Courses in the Graduate Certification Program will apply to the Masters of Arts in Teaching degree.

Interested students in the Graduate Certification Program must apply to the M.A.T. Program and meet all stated requirements. The student and the academic advisor will coordinate to plan accordingly.

Requirements for the Graduate Certification Program (21-24 hours)

  • EDUC 6304 Theories of Learning
  • EDUC 6318 Disciplinary Literacy and the English Learner
  • EDUC 6315 Assessment in the Classroom
  • EDSP 6363 Survey of Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 6325 Pedagogy in the Secondary School
  • EDUC 6327 Integrative Pedagogy in the Secondary School
  • EDUC 66CS Teacher Internship

  • OR

  • EDUC 63CS Teacher Apprenticeship

More Quick Links