Accelerated Master’s Option

Available only to TCU undergraduates, the Accelerated Master’s Option allows outstanding students to combine a Bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in only five years. By the end of their third year, Accelerated Option students must complete the specified 90 hours.

Areas of study include Curriculum & Instruction (Curriculum Studies, Language and Literacy, Mathematics Education or Science Education specializations) or Special Education.

Students intending to pursue an accelerated option should make their plans known as early as possible to their faculty advisor and mentor in the College of Education to ensure proper advising. If admitted to the Accelerated Option, students complete up to 12 semester hours of the M.Ed. program during the fourth year of undergraduate study.

Candidates must work with their undergraduate advisors to determine how the courses will apply to the undergraduate degree. During their senior year, they complete the following classes:

EC-6 Undergraduate Major 
EDUC 60513 Practicum in Education
EDUC 60313 Educational Assessment
EDSP 50663 Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom
EDUC 60293 Curriculum Workshop

Middle/Secondary Undergraduate Major 
EDMS/EDSE 50663 Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom
EDMS/EDSE 51103 Educational Assessment
EDUC 60980 Internship (6 hours)

At the end of the fourth year, assuming that all other graduation requirements are met, the student earns the baccalaureate degree. During the fifth year, including summer, the student completes the remaining semester hours toward the M.Ed. degree. Students will complete 9 hours of core courses, 12 hours from the Teaching and Learning emphasis (including Educational Assessment), and 15 hours from content area specialization as described under the Traditional Master’s Option.

Note: All Accelerated Option applicants who are admitted into the College of Education will begin their fifth year the summer after completion of student teaching.

Admission Deadline: March 1 (last day to complete applications for summer and fall admission)