M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction with initial teacher certification

Who is this program for?

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction degree (Initial Teacher Certification track) is designed for post-baccalaureate students interesting 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. 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.

What are the career options?

• K-12 Certified Teacher
• District-level curriculum developer
• Mentor Teacher
• Teacher Leader
• Content Specialist
• Dual-credit/Community College Teaching (Math & Bio District Cohort Options)

What is the mode of delivery?

In person, hybrid, and online coursework

What are my certification options?

  • EC-6 Core Subjects (Elementary)
  • 4-8 Core Subjects (Middle School)
  • 4-8 Social Studies (Middle School)
  • 4-8 Science (Middle School)
  • 4-8 English, Language Arts, and Reading (Middle School)
  • 4-8 Math (Middle School)
  • 7-12 (High School) English, Language Arts, and Reading
  • EC-12 (All Level) Languages Other Than English - Spanish
  • 7-12 Math (District Cohort Only)
  • 7-12 Biology (District Cohort Only)

How do I apply?

Admission Standards

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work prior to receiving the bachelor’s degree, or an overall 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work.  Applicants with a completed master's degree must have at least a 3.4 GPA on the graduate coursework.

Step 1: Apply to the Graduate School at UNT Dallas.

Complete an Apply Texas for Graduate Programs with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Send your offical transcripts verifying you meet the GPA requirements above to:

UNT Dallas Graduate Admissions Office
7300 University Hills Blvd
Dallas, Texas 74241

Step 2: Apply to the Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Program

Complete an application, including an essay and two recommendation letters. Additional instructions here.


Certification Coursework

EDCI 5013    Technology in STEM

EDCI 5014    Instructional and Behavior Management in Classrooms

EDCI 5016    Literacy Across the Curriculum

EDCI 5017     Human Development

EDCI 5301     Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Education

EDCI 5321     Principles of Professional Teaching

Fieldwork Courses

EDCI 5190 (6 credit hours) - Clinical Teaching OR

EDCI 5285 (3 credit hours) -Internship I & EDCI 5386 (3 credit hours) Internship II

Masters Required Courses

EDCI 5011 - Intructional to Classroom Research

EDCI 5012 - Capstone Research Project

EDCI 5015 - Action Research in Multicultural and Multilingual Education

EDCI 5320 - Curriculum Development

Who can I contact with questions?

Contact Program Coordinator Dr. Mychelle Hadley Smith  972.338.1373.