Shape the future

Shape the next generation by becoming an educator. A&M-Commerce has programs which will prepare you for a career in education. Whether elementary, middle, high school or college, we have degree programs to fit your career goals.

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Graduate Level Education Programs

Your path starts here

We have numerous degree, certification, graduate certificates and emphasis options to prepare you for the world of education. You will gain expertise in the field of study as well as knowledge of pedagogy and methodologies of teaching and administration.
Find the program that fits you!

Becoming a Teacher

Master's Degree with Teacher Certification

If you do not already have a Texas educator certification but you do have a bachelor’s degree (2.75 GPA or higher), you can seek a master’s of science (MS) degree and educator certification at the same time. As a new teacher with a master’s degree, you’ll be more marketable. In many school districts, educators with a master’s degree are eligible for a higher pay grade. The following programs have been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Early Childhood Education (MS) with Teacher Certification

The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is young children. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess competencies in the knowledge of physiological and psychological development of children birth through fourth grade, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children. This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of alternative teacher certification.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

MA option only

English (MS) with Teacher Certification

Our master’s degree in English lets you deepen your understanding and appreciation of literature and language. Learn from our distinguished faculty as you refine your writing and research skills while obtaining your teacher certification.

Where It Is Offered
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for MA

Delivery
Total Credit Hours

30-36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Reading (MS) with Teacher Certification

The major in reading prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is to address the needs of students in the context of reading. The MS option involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of alternative teacher certification.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

Yes for MA

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis is optional for MA

Secondary Education (MS) with Teacher Certification

Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students, and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments. The MS option involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of alternative teacher certification.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Special Education (MS) with Teacher Certification

Exceptional learners need your support and advocacy. You can make this happen through our Special Education program along with the 18 hours of alternative teacher certification

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite
Duration

2 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36-42 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Alternative Certification

The alternative certification program is a non-degree seeking program for those wishing to obtain a Texas educator certification before earning a master’s degree. This program consists of 18 hours of 100% online coursework, but any educator will tell you that there is no substitution for real world experience. You will also do classroom observation and either a paid internship or an unpaid clinical/student-teaching experience.

Alternative and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

This program is uniquely designed for those who have previously earned their Bachelor’s degree and now seek to make a career transition into the teaching profession. This is a non-degree seeking program for those wishing to obtain a Texas teacher certification without obtaining a Master’s degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Alternative Certification: For those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree and obtain a Texas teacher certification, we have seven Master’s programs specifically geared towards achieving your certification. You can choose from a Master of Science in: Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood, English, Secondary Education, Physics, Reading, or Special Education.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1.5-2 years

Foreign Language

Some Independent School Districts Require the ESL Exam

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Career and Technical Education Teacher Certification

We offer eight Career and Technical Education certificates designed to prepare candidates for a career as a Texas certified teacher: Trades and Industrial Education, Health Science, Marketing all which require work experience plus, Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences Composite; Human Development and Family Studies; Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Technology Education.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Not Required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No Thesis Required

Advancing Your Teaching Portfolio

If you already have a Texas educator certification and you’re ready to expand your expertise, our professional certifications, master’s and doctoral programs enable you to take your career to the next level.

Teach Dual Credit

Expand your ability to teach special topics. To teach a dual credit class in high school, community college level courses, or as an adjunct, complete 18 credit hours in that area of study. Find a graduate program that matches your interests.

Our 18 hour graduate certificates are perfect for this plus the credits can be used towards a number of master’s degrees.

Education Focused Certificates, Certifications and Minors

Higher Education Student Affairs Graduate Certificate

This certificate prepares you to work in higher educational institutions with an emphasis on students. When you complete the certificate, careers related to student affairs will be the right place for you.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

This certificate program prepares you to create top-notch curricula. Once you complete this certificate, you’ll be eligible to begin your career as an instructional designer, training coach or other related path.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate

This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Teaching History Graduate Certificate

You can become a certified early college or dual credit instructor with our Teaching History graduate certificate. Local school districts continue to expand their offerings of early college and dual credit history courses. There is a growing need for qualified teachers who can meet this need.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

12-24 months

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language (ESL) Minor

Become specialized in bilingual education. You’ll the foundation of bilingual/ESL education and how to assess, create and deliver specialized content for bilingual students. It is highly recommended for you to know Spanish.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 to 1.5 Years

Foreign Language

No Foreign Language Requirement

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Master’s Degrees for Teachers

If you are already a teacher with a Texas Teacher Certification, the following programs are designed for you to advance and specialize as an educator.

Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis

As a student in the Applied Linguistics program, you will engage in cutting-edge pedagogical and research strategies with others who are pursuing careers in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Whether you choose this field as a primary or complementary discipline, this program will prepare you for a variety of careers including teaching at the university level or teaching English as a second language abroad.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Required for MA, Optional for MS

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

30 to 36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Curriculum & Instruction (MED)

This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of electives which allows students to take additional courses in the major, focus on an area of interest, or qualify to teach high school dual credit classes or at the community college level.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Early Childhood Education (MED)

The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is young children. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess competencies in the knowledge of physiological and psychological development of children birth through fourth grade, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

MA option only

English (MA/MS)

Our Master of Arts in English is designed for students who, upon completion, demonstrate a foreign language proficiency while the Master of Science in English is for students without foreign language focus.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for MA

Delivery 40-50% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30-36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Educational Technology Leadership (MS)

Educational Technology-Leadership is an online program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in technology integration in K-16 settings. The program focuses on designing digital learning experiences, developing a learning-centered philosophy of technology integration, communicating effectively using a variety of media, and applying research to make informed decisions for integrating technologies into teaching and learning.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Organization, Learning & Technology (MS)

The Master of Science in Organization, Learning & Technology (OLT) program is a multidisciplinary study of human resource development, organizational leadership, and organizational change in a variety of organizational settings. This program is particularly aimed at students and working professionals aspiring to learn or improve themselves as leaders, trainers, and organizational improvement specialists.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Mathematics (MS) Teaching Emphasis

The graduate program in mathematics prepares you for employment as an educator on various levels, additional study at the doctoral level or one of the many non-academic areas in which mathematicians work. Graduate work in mathematics leading to the master’s degree is offered with an emphasis in actuarial science, algebra, analysis, biological mathematics, combinatorics, coding theory, differential equations, differential geometry, image analysis and processing, or probability-statistics.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College), Mesquite
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Physics (MS) Teaching Emphasis

The Master of Science in Physics with a Physics Teaching Emphasis caters to middle and high school physics teachers or for people with a Bachelor’s in a science who wish to begin teaching at the secondary level.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Reading (MA/MED)

The major in reading prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is to address the needs of students in the context of reading

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

Yes for MA

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis is optional for MA

Secondary Education (MED)

Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students, and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Technology

Organization, Learning & Technology (MS)

The Master of Science in Organization, Learning & Technology (OLT) program is a multidisciplinary study of human resource development, organizational leadership, and organizational change in a variety of organizational settings. This program is particularly aimed at students and working professionals aspiring to learn or improve themselves as leaders, trainers, and organizational improvement specialists.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Educational Technology Library Science (MS/MED)

The masters in Educational Technology Library Science at A&M-Commerce combines the core coursework for the masters in Educational Technology with the coursework required for School Librarian Certification in Texas. Students engage in experiential, project-and problem-based learning opportunities to create an e-portfolio of work to share with colleagues and future employers. Graduates of the program earn credentials to become certified Texas School Librarians or Library Media Specialists.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Educational Technology Leadership (MS)

Educational Technology-Leadership is an online program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in technology integration in K-16 settings. The program focuses on designing digital learning experiences, developing a learning-centered philosophy of technology integration, communicating effectively using a variety of media, and applying research to make informed decisions for integrating technologies into teaching and learning.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

This certificate program prepares you to create top-notch curricula. Once you complete this certificate, you’ll be eligible to begin your career as an instructional designer, training coach or other related path.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Organization Development Graduate Certificate

If you are passionate about helping organizations thrive, this certificate is for you. With this certificate, you will find a career in organization development, change management and other careers related to organization development.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

School Librarian

School librarians have the opportunity to pass on a love for reading to students of all ages. You will teach students the fundamentals of using a library and its resources. You may collaborate with educators to help them find necessary materials and resources to enhance their classroom experience. To become a school librarian you will need two years of teaching experience and a school librarian certification.

I am pursuing my first graduate degree.

If you do not already have a master’s degree, we recommend the Educational Technology Library Science (MS/MED) program, which includes the school librarian certification.

Educational Technology Library Science (MS/MED)

The masters in Educational Technology Library Science at A&M-Commerce combines the core coursework for the masters in Educational Technology with the coursework required for School Librarian Certification in Texas. Students engage in experiential, project-and problem-based learning opportunities to create an e-portfolio of work to share with colleagues and future employers. Graduates of the program earn credentials to become certified Texas School Librarians or Library Media Specialists.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

I already have a master's degree.

If you already have a master’s degree, you can pursue the school librarian certification alone or combine it with a second master’s degree for increased marketability and skill-building. The Educational Technology Library Science (MS/MED) program is ideal because it includes the school librarian certification.

Educational Technology Library Science (MS/MED)

The masters in Educational Technology Library Science at A&M-Commerce combines the core coursework for the masters in Educational Technology with the coursework required for School Librarian Certification in Texas. Students engage in experiential, project-and problem-based learning opportunities to create an e-portfolio of work to share with colleagues and future employers. Graduates of the program earn credentials to become certified Texas School Librarians or Library Media Specialists.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Special Education and Educational Diagnostician

Current Educators

If you have a teacher certification and have been teaching for three years, consider earning your master’s degree in special education! Our program teaches you how to identify and equip students with exceptional needs. You’ll learn how to support students with disabilities in all grade levels (K-12). We offer a thesis and non-thesis track.

Future Educators

Are you ready for a career change? Interested in becoming an educator but don’t have a teaching certificate yet? We’re here to help! Earn your teaching certificate while studying special education through our post-baccalaureate certification program. Our non-thesis track educates you in student engagement, classroom management and teaching interventions.

Educational Diagnostician Certification

Learn how to assess and diagnose exceptional learners through our Educational Diagnostic Certification track. You’ll design prevention and intervention strategies that helps educators work with exceptional learners. We offer a thesis and non-thesis track.

School Counselor, Psychologist or Social Worker

School counselors, school psychologists and school social workers provide services to support students and encourage healthy development. School counselors deliver basic services to a broad range of students, while school psychologists provide specialized mental health care services to students who are struggling. School social work is a specialized field devoted to school-age children and families in educational environments. School social workers wear many hats including truancy officer, case manager, student and parent advocate, student mediator, counselor and distributor of resources.

School Counseling

To be a school counselor you will need two years of teaching experience and a master’s degree in counseling with a minimum of 48 hours in counseling classes.

If you are pursuing a career in school counseling, our master’s of counseling degree offers two tracks.

  • Our school counselor track prepares you to provide guidance to students of all ages
  • Our school counseling with LPC track helps you understand the importance of group dynamics, family therapies and diverse assessments within our communities.

If you already have a master’s of science in counseling, our doctoral program in counselor education and supervision offers the ability to practice, educate or lead in the counseling field.

Counseling (MED/MS)

The Master of Science in Counseling offers an emphasis in School Counseling (51 semester hours) for those seeking certification as a professional school counselor and/or an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 semester hours) for those students desiring licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Both programs include a common core as well as courses specific to each emphasis and now they can be obtained together: School Counselor + LPC. The Master of Education in Counseling is a 36-semester hour program designed for those students who plan to work in college and university student affairs, but prefer a counseling foundation in their preparation. Graduates of this program typically seek employment in student activities, career services, academic advising, Greek affairs, recruiting and admissions, residence life, and other departments and offices within the student affairs division of community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite
Duration

1 to 3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36-60 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

School Psychology

Our specialist program in school psychology prepares you to help educators create a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment for students.

School Social Worker

Our social work program prepares both bachelor’s and master’s level students to work in schools. As a student in our program you will have the opportunity to complete internships at schools preparing you to work in this area. Our BSW graduates may work for agencies like Communities in Schools which allow them to work within the schools to help at-risk students stay in school and perform well. Our MSW graduates are able to work as a school social worker providing case management, counseling and psycho-social services to help students resolve personal, emotional or social problems that may interfere with student success.

Social Work (BSW)

Our faculty will provide you with the vast knowledge of expertise, research and practice experience in the social work field including areas of social welfare, social justice and diversity. You will have an opportunity to take a variety of courses from instructors who have a strong desire and commitment to social work education and further advancement of the social work profession.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Frisco, Mesquite
Duration

4 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Social Work (MSW)

Our advanced generalist perspective provides an overall understanding of the many areas of social work and prepares you for LMSW practice. Our selection of courses is eclectic and student centered, and our field education program works with hundreds of agencies in a variety of social work settings. Degree programs are flexible with full-time and part-time options available ensuring that you can progress at your own pace that best suits your lifestyle.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite, Online
Duration

1 year (AGP) and 2-4 years (Foundation)

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

33 hours (AGP) and 60 hours (Foundation)

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Administration

Our programs prepare you for the administrative responsibility of the planning, operating and supervising programs, services and facilities In a school or district. They also give you the tools to evaluate the effectiveness of these resources.

General Administration

Certificates

Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

This certificate program prepares you to create top-notch curricula. Once you complete this certificate, you’ll be eligible to begin your career as an instructional designer, training coach or other related path.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Organization Development Graduate Certificate

If you are passionate about helping organizations thrive, this certificate is for you. With this certificate, you will find a career in organization development, change management and other careers related to organization development.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Master’s Degree Programs

Curriculum & Instruction (MED)

This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of electives which allows students to take additional courses in the major, focus on an area of interest, or qualify to teach high school dual credit classes or at the community college level.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Educational Administration (MED)

The Master of Educational Administration allows students the ability to become great administors as well as knowledgeable principles. Students will learn skills in leadership, financial and administrative.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-1.5 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Secondary Education (MED)

Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students, and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Doctoral Degree Programs

Educational Administration (EDD)

The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration emphasizes K-12 public school administration. This program is one of the only online doctoral programs in the state.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

4 Years

Foreign Language

None

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Dissertation required

Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction (EDD)

This degree prepares graduate students for careers in K-12 public and private schools, regional educational training facilities, college and university settings, and research and development centers. A graduate with the Doctor of Education degree should possess competencies in research methods, statistics, curriculum, instructional design, learning, instructional strategies and effective teaching.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite
Duration

4 to 7 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

72 hours

Thesis Requirements

Yes, dissertation required

Principal

To become a school principal in Texas, you will need two years of teaching experience, a Master’s degree, and our principal certification.

I am pursuing my first graduate degree.

If you do not already have a master’s degree, our online educational administration (MEd) degree program, which includes principal certification, is the most-likely path. However, you can pursue any one of our master’s degrees and combine it with the principal certification. You will need one year of teaching experience when you begin the educational administration (MED) program.

Educational Administration (MED)

The Master of Educational Administration allows students the ability to become great administors as well as knowledgeable principles. Students will learn skills in leadership, financial and administrative.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-1.5 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Curriculum & Instruction (MED)

This degree involves 18 hours of study in the major and 18 hours of electives which allows students to take additional courses in the major, focus on an area of interest, or qualify to teach high school dual credit classes or at the community college level.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Secondary Education (MED)

Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education. The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students, and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite, Online
Duration

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

I already have a master's degree.

If you already have a master’s degree, you can earn the principal certification completely online.

Principal Certification

The Principal Certification program is designed for potential principals, assistant principals, administrators of curriculum and instruction, and all school administrators holding a position below that of superintendent.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 Year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

21 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

I am already a principal.

If you are already a certified principal or have experience as a school administrator, our doctoral programs are designed for you. You can use these degrees to advance your career as a principal or pursue the superintendent certification to lead even more students to success.

Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction (EDD)

This degree prepares graduate students for careers in K-12 public and private schools, regional educational training facilities, college and university settings, and research and development centers. A graduate with the Doctor of Education degree should possess competencies in research methods, statistics, curriculum, instructional design, learning, instructional strategies and effective teaching.

Where It Is Offered Mesquite
Duration

4 to 7 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

72 hours

Thesis Requirements

Yes, dissertation required

Educational Administration (EDD)

The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration emphasizes K-12 public school administration. This program is one of the only online doctoral programs in the state.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

4 Years

Foreign Language

None

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Dissertation required

Superintendent

To be a school superintendent in Texas, you will need three years of teaching experience, three years of managerial experience, a master’s degree, principal certification and our superintendent certification.

I am pursuing my first graduate degree.

If you do not already have a master’s degree, our online educational administration (MEd) degree combined with Superintendent Certification is the most-likely path.

Educational Administration (MED)

The Master of Educational Administration allows students the ability to become great administors as well as knowledgeable principles. Students will learn skills in leadership, financial and administrative.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-1.5 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent Certification program will equip you for key administrative roles. The program includes a practicum where you will put theory into practice as you work closely with your mentor/site supervisor in active leadership situations.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-1.5 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

15 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

I already have a master's degree.

The EDD program can advance your career as an administrator and can be combined with the superintendent certification.

Educational Administration (EDD)

The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration emphasizes K-12 public school administration. This program is one of the only online doctoral programs in the state.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

4 Years

Foreign Language

None

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Dissertation required

Superintendent Certification

The Superintendent Certification program will equip you for key administrative roles. The program includes a practicum where you will put theory into practice as you work closely with your mentor/site supervisor in active leadership situations.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-1.5 Years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

15 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Careers in Higher Education

College Professor

What does it take to become a college professor? Earn a master’s and/or doctoral degree in your chosen field to gain college-level teaching experience and to hold the credentials required to teach at the college level.

To begin teaching college courses, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires a master’s degree or doctoral degree with 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught.

Expand Your Expertise!

Increase the breadth of topics you can teach with our graduate certificates.

Higher Education Staff and Administration

With our graduate degrees and certificates in higher education, you might work to improve a college’s admissions, alumni programs or student affairs. You may become a coordinator or director in any number of fields. Higher education is a unique multidisciplinary field of study. You will explore organizational theories, behaviors, development, and critical issues that are applicable to today’s complex and modern organizational settings. Once you understand how a college or university works, you will also understand how other organizations such as for-profits, non-profits, governmental, military, or social service agencies should work.

Higher Education (EDD)

The Doctor of Education is designed for future leaders in higher education. Upon completion of the doctoral program, graduates will assume educational leadership roles in a variety of contexts. Graduates can also qualify to teach at colleges and universities.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

4 to 6 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

60 hours

Thesis Requirements

Dissertation required

Organization, Learning & Technology (MS)

The Master of Science in Organization, Learning & Technology (OLT) program is a multidisciplinary study of human resource development, organizational leadership, and organizational change in a variety of organizational settings. This program is particularly aimed at students and working professionals aspiring to learn or improve themselves as leaders, trainers, and organizational improvement specialists.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1-2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Higher Education Student Affairs Graduate Certificate

This certificate prepares you to work in higher educational institutions with an emphasis on students. When you complete the certificate, careers related to student affairs will be the right place for you.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

This certificate program prepares you to create top-notch curricula. Once you complete this certificate, you’ll be eligible to begin your career as an instructional designer, training coach or other related path.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Organization Development Graduate Certificate

If you are passionate about helping organizations thrive, this certificate is for you. With this certificate, you will find a career in organization development, change management and other careers related to organization development.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

6 months to 1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Educational Technology Leadership (MS)

Educational Technology-Leadership is an online program designed to prepare students for leadership roles in technology integration in K-16 settings. The program focuses on designing digital learning experiences, developing a learning-centered philosophy of technology integration, communicating effectively using a variety of media, and applying research to make informed decisions for integrating technologies into teaching and learning.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Graduate Faculty Advisors

Our staff is ready to help you find the right path for your career and guide you through the steps to get there! Jennifer Faunce can help you get started with any of our education programs and connect with your advisor. Tracey Stedman can assist you with Alternative Teacher Certification.

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