Secondary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program) (M.Ed.)

M.Ed. Secondary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)

This specialized M.Ed. program in secondary education provides an accelerated pathway for well-qualified post-baccalaureate individuals seeking initial teacher.
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Program Overview

Texas State University's in-person teacher certification, referred to as the Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP), began in 2001 as an ideal entry for second-career considerations. Students on this path may receive their certification after two semesters of field-based and academic course work and complete their master's degree while earning a teacher's salary.

Course Work

The Teacher Recruitment Program is a full-certification program for individuals who prefer a more personal approach to teacher certification. All certification course work (15 hours) may be completed through in-person classes at our San Marcos campus. These courses may be completed in one or two semesters. 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 degrees in the evenings, online, or summers.

DegreeCertification ProgramHoursThesis OptionMinor Option
Degree
M.Ed.
Certification Program
Student-selected
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
Composite – Secondary Education TRP 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

TRP 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

Graduates are qualified for a variety of roles such as instructional coaches, education consultants, curriculum coordinators, grade level or content team leaders, directors of departments, mentor teachers, and authors of textbooks. Graduates are also prepared for doctoral study.

Program Faculty

Graduate secondary education faculty are nationally recognized leaders and scholars in education. Through their peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences, grant writing and awards, and service as officers and board members of professional associations, they bring a wealth of academic and professional experience to the program.

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
jtk32@txstate.edu
512.245.6477
Education Building (ED), Room 2124

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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. Citizen International
Deadlines
Fall-Priority
U.S. Citizen
February 1
International
February 1
Deadlines
Fall-Standard
U.S. Citizen
March 1
International
March 1
Deadlines
Spring
U.S. Citizen
September 1
International
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
      OR
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • 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

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • 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.

    • resume/CV
    • statement of purpose
    • three forms of recommendation

    Review important information about documents.

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