Secondary Education (M.Ed. with Certification)

M.Ed. Secondary Education

This specialized M.Ed. program provides an accelerated pathway for post-baccalaureate individuals seeking an initial teacher certification.

Program Overview

Certification and Masters Degree in Education (CMED) 30-hour online degree designed for working professionals interested in teacher certification. Students on this path may receive their certification after 15 hours of academic course work and complete their master's degree while earning a teacher's salary.

Course Work

CMED is a full-certification program for individuals who prefer online instruction. All certification course work (15 hours) may be completed asynchronously. Following completion of the initial teacher certification course work, students are eligible to apply for state teacher certification. Once certified, they are eligible to work as teachers while they complete their remaining courses online, either in the evenings or asynchronously.

DegreeCertification ProgramHoursThesis OptionMinor Option
Certification Program
Thesis Option
Minor Option
Minor required

What Our Alumni Say

“Getting into the classroom immediately with TRP’s field-based course work helped shape my educational focus and ensured that the practices we learned were put to immediate use. The skills and knowledge I gained were invaluable in helping me secure my dream job in a local school.”

— Dani Pedroza, AP Statistics and Precalculus Teacher, Manor New Technology High School

Program Details

Teacher Training Program students enter the program from a variety of fields, such as IT or event management, yet transition well to classroom teachers, directors and other roles in educational leadership.

Program Mission

Since its foundation as a normal school in 1899, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been an integral part of Texas State University, serving the state's need for trained public school teachers. Over the years, the programs have prepared knowledgeable and effective teachers who are responsive to the varying needs of society. The department has forged strong working partnerships with many Texas school districts, providing a diverse landscape for fieldwork and potential employment opportunities. Between rigorous curriculum and valuable experience, the department has grown to become one of the largest nationwide, offering a variety of comprehensive programs.

Career Options

The majority of the students remain in the Central Texas area, teaching in public and private schools. Graduates are also qualified to become instructional coaches, education consultants, curriculum coordinators, grade level or content team leaders, directors of departments, mentor teachers or authors of textbooks. Students are also prepared for doctoral study at Texas State or another qualified university.

Program Faculty

Faculty have primarily focused their research on teacher preparation and development, teacher induction and mentoring, and learning in field-based settings. They have made national and international presentations on these topics at the Association of Teacher Educators and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education conferences. Their work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, Action in Teacher Education and Educational Leadership.

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jeffry King
Education Building (ED), Room 2124


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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. CitizenInternational
Fall - Priority
U.S. Citizen
February 1
February 1
Fall - Standard
U.S. Citizen
March 1
March 1
U.S. Citizen
September 1
September 1

This program's deadline is firm. This type of deadline means the application and other application requirements must be submitted by the program's specified deadline day.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the priority deadline.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses) (Effective Fall 2024: a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, plus any completed graduate courses)

    Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

  • GRE

    • GRE not required

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    TOEFL scores:

    Applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores with minimum individual scores of
      • 22 listening
      • 22 reading
      • 24 speaking
      • 21 writing

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

    • Statement of purpose (one page) that answers the question:
      • What has motivated you to enter the teacher profession, become a dual-credit teacher, and/or want to earn your M.Ed.?

    Review important information about documents.

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