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Graduate Plans

Master’s degree plans are offered in the areas listed below. In several instances, certification plans requiring a master’s degree are combined with master’s degrees so that requirements for both can be achieved within a coordinated plan of studies.

Master of Science:

Counseling
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Management
Instructional Technology
Multicultural Studies in Education
Reading
School Library & Information Science
Special Education

General Requirements for Graduate Studies in Education

Graduate Admissions Requirements

All students planning to pursue a master's degree or a certification plan which requires a master's degree must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and have either an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 or greater or a GPA of 3.000 or greater in their last 60 hours. The last 60 hours, listed chronologically, including the full semester in which the 60th hour appears, will be used to calculate the GPA for the last 60 hours.

Students who wish to be admitted to the Counseling program must complete a special admission process described under Master of Science in Counseling.

Students who wish to be admitted to the Curriculum and Instruction program must meet additional requirements described under Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction.

Students who wish to be admitted to the Educational Management program must meet additional admissions requirements described under Master of Science in Educational Management with Principal Certification

Students who wish to be admitted to the Reading program must meet additional requirements described under Master of Science in Reading with Reading Specialist Certification.

Students who wish to be admitted to the School Library and Information Science program must meet additional requirements described under Master of Science in School Library and Information Science with School Librarian Certification,

Students, including those who already hold a master’s or doctoral degree, with an overall GPA of 2.500 or above but less than 3.000 in the last 60 hours, may pursue a master’s degree or certification plan requiring a master’s degree by obtaining one of the following:

  • A combined score of 294 or greater on the quantitative and verbal portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a 3.5 or greater on the analytical writing portion of the GRE (If the GRE was taken prior to August 2011, a combined score or 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal portions of the GRE is required.)
  • A score of 390 or greater (36 or greater on the old scale) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Students with less than an overall 2.500 GPA in the last 60 hours or a 2.500 to 3.000 GPA but not meeting the GRE or MAT requirements listed above will not be allowed to pursue a master’s degree or a certification plan requiring a master’s degree except by sponsored admission. A full-time School of Education (SoE) faculty member may sponsor four students a year for admission to a master’s degree or a certification plan requiring a master’s degree. To be considered for sponsored admission, students must have submitted a GRE or MAT score but no minimum score requirements are specified. The faculty member’s recommendation for sponsorship will be based on consideration of the student's previous academic record, standardized test scores, leadership potential, professional experiences and such other factors as the individual faculty member may deem predictive of potential success in a graduate plan at University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). The "Request for Sponsorship" form is available in the SoE Office of the Associate Dean. A sponsoring faculty member must complete and sign the form. In sponsoring students, faculty members agree to provide advisement support to enhance the likelihood of success in the student's academic plans. All requests for sponsored admission must be approved by the associate dean.

Educator candidates who were educated in countries where English is not the native language must demonstrate English proficiency by passing the TOEFL-iBT test with a score of 26 on the Speaking portion. No other tests are accepted by TEA.

Credits earned prior to formal admission to a master’s degree or a certification plan requiring a master’s degree as defined under this policy may not be credited toward that degree or certificate.

Assignment of Graduate Advisers

Faculty advisers are assigned at the time of admission to a graduate degreeprogram or a certification program requiring a master’s degree. Students should contact their faculty advisers as soon as possible following admission to the SoE to obtain a graduate Candidate Plan of Study (CPS).

Graduate CPS

Graduate degree-seeking students in the SoE must have on file in the SOE Advising Office an approved CPS, which will include a minimum of 36 hours of coursework. The CPS will be developed jointly by the students and their advisers and approved by the associate dean. These documents specify the coursework that must be completed in order to fulfill the requirements for the graduate degree or the certification plan requiring a master’s degree.

Age of Course Work for Graduate Degrees

Coursework, whether transfer or resident, may not be used for degree purposes if it is more than five years old at the time the degree is to be conferred, unless prior approval is given by the associate dean.

Course Credit and Residency Requirements

A maximum of six hours of approved 4000-level courses may be used toward a 36-hour degree. The final 24 hours of coursework must be taken in residence at UHCL. A minimum of 30 hours must be taken from 5000- and 6000-level courses. Correspondence or extension credits may not be applied toward a graduate degree. EDUC 6032 is the prerequisite to EDUC 6033, and EDUC 6033 is to be completed before students register for Master’s Options 1 or 2. Students must have an approved Master’s Thesis/Project form on file with the SoE Office of the Associate Dean prior to enrolling in either a master’s project or master’s thesis.

Transfer of Credit

Only graduate courses in which grades of "B-" or better were earned may be considered for transfer credit toward a master’s degree. Grades of "C+" or below or grades of "Satisfactory" ("S"), "Passing" ("P") or "Credit" ("CR") will not be accepted toward meeting requirements for the master’s degree. In most instances, the transfer of credit is limited to six hours of coursework but may not include more than 12 hours.

Master's Degree Options

One of the following options must be selected for each plan leading to a master’s degree (not all options apply to all master’s degree plans):

  • Option 1, Master’s Thesis, requires continuous registration in the thesis research course, EDUC 6939, during each fall and spring semester until completion. Students must register for a minimum of six hours of thesis credit, and no more than six hours of thesis may apply as credit toward a degree. If continuous registration in the master’s thesis course is not maintained during fall and spring semesters, previously accumulated master’s thesis credits will not count toward the master’s degree.
  • Option 2, Master’s Project, requires continuous registration in the project course, EDUC 6839, during each fall and spring semester until completion. Students must register for a minimum of six hours of project credit, and no more than six hours of project may apply as credit toward a degree. If continuous registration in the master’s project course is not maintained during fall and spring semesters, previously accumulated master’s project credits will not count toward the master’s degree.
  • Option 3, Master’s Internship/Practicum, requires application for admission by June 8 for the fall semester, October 1 for the spring semester, and March 1 for the summer session. All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teacher's office prior to beginning the practicum.
  • Option 4, The Extended Course option, requires an additional six hours of coursework and successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination. The application to take the Comprehensive Examination must be submitted by August 10 for fall, February 10 for spring, and May 10 for summer.

Detailed requirements and procedures for satisfying the Master’s Degree Options are contained in the Master’s Options Guidelines booklet.

Age of Standard Certification Course Work for Students Who Hold a Master's Degree

All coursework, whether resident or transfer, may not exceed five years in age at the time of recommendation for a certificate requiring a master’s degree.

Grade Point Requirements for Standard Certificates Requiring a Master's Degree

Students seeking a certificate requiring a master’s degree must maintain at least a "B" (3.000) average in certification coursework to be recommended for any certification. Only grades of "C" or better are accepted for credit toward any professional certificate.

Transfer Credit Toward a Certificate Requiring a Master's Degree

Only coursework in which a grade of "B-" or above was earned from an accredited institution may be considered for transfer credit. A maximum of twelve credit hours may be transferred toward the certificate plan. Any required practicum or internship experiences must be completed at UHCL in order to be recommended for that certificate by the SoE.

Deadlines

Applications for graduate practica and internships may be obtained from and returned to B1231. These applications must be received by June 8 for the fall semester, October 1 for the spring semester, and March 1 for the summer session. Students are authorized for enrollment in either the practicum or the internship as soon as possible after all requirements have been verified.

Students are referred to the Master’s Option Guidelines booklet for specific information regarding theses, projects, internships/practica and comprehensive examinations. This booklet is available in the Office of the Associate Dean. Completed theses and projects are due in that office by the posted deadlines.

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