TCU Teach Master’s Program

The TCU Teach Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides a master’s degree in education as well as a teaching certification for grades 6 through 12. The 30-hour program is designed for students and working professionals looking to transition into a career in education. Candidates must hold bachelor’s degrees in fields related to social studies, science, mathematics and English. The program offers both on-campus classes at TCU and clinical teaching placement in one of the University’s partner districts. In less than one year the program allows students to simultaneously complete the master’s degree and obtain a teaching certification.


To qualify for admission, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Prior to enrollment, complete a bachelor’s degree earned from and conferred by an accredited institution of higher education in a teaching field related to English, mathematics, science, or social studies.
  • Complete 12-15 hours of content area coursework (12 hours of English or social studies, or 15 hours of math or science) with a grade of C or higher.
  • Attain a minimum overall 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework for the most recent bachelor’s degree earned.
  • Pass the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) or the Praxis II (for those from some states outside of Texas) in the content area in which you have 12-15 hours of coursework. Please review the list of content area exams we will accept. Dates for the TEA Certification Program Tests can be found here. For assistance in registering for the PACT at a test center near you, please contact ETS Customer Service at 800.205.2626.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • Display positive professional dispositions.

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a $55 fee when admitted to the program for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years. For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35 per year. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

Application Process

Step 1:

  • Complete the TCU online application by March 24.
  • Provide the following, as described in the Application Checklist for College of Education Graduate studies: a personal essay, transcripts from each college/university previously attended, 3 letters of recommendation, a current criminal background check, and application fee.
  • Submit official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers.
  • Complete and sign the FERPA Agreement.
  • Take the PACT (Pre-Admission Content Test) for your desired teaching field. If you are an out-of-state applicant where the PACT is not offered, you may provide scores from a content-specific Praxis exam.
  • Complete the ethics training module required by the Texas Education Agency (Please provide personal email address in lieu of TCU email).
  • E-mail the Ethics Training Certificate, FERPA Agreement and PACT or Praxis scores to the College of Education Graduate Studies office at

Step 2:

  • Those who pass the PACT (or Praxis exam) and meet all other requirements listed in Step 1 will be invited to participate in an interview. The interview will be scored with a rubric to assess professional dispositions.
  • The most qualified applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the program by mail prior to the summer session. Students will be admitted as a cohort and will take 12 hours of coursework together during the summer session.

Step 3:

To advance to candidacy (i.e., be retained in the program) and be approved for clinical teaching, participants must display satisfactory performance during the summer term. The admission committee will consider academic performance and professional behavior (attitude, demeanor, abilities and preparation) when evaluating candidacy status.

  • Complete first 12 hours of coursework at TCU with a grade of C+ or higher and a minimum GPA of 3.0. (No more than two grades of C+ may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements.)
  • Meet expectations for professionalism according to the rubric in EDUC 50023 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation.
  • Complete 30 hours of field experience in accredited and authentic public school settings.
  • Demonstrate high professional, ethical, and relational standards of behavior, appropriate emotional control, and appropriate communication (oral, written, technological) with adults, children and fellow students.
  • Complete the modules required by the Texas Education Agency regarding recognizing, intervening and referring students with emotional-behavioral issues.

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Program of Study

Summer: 12 hours

  • EDUC 50023 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation (3 hours)
  • EDUC 60263 Applied Teaching and Learning with Technology (3 hours)
  • EDUC 60143 Theories of Human Development (3 hours)
  • EDSP 60233 Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk

Fall: 9 hours

  • EDMS/SE 50663  Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom (3 hours)
  • EDUC 60980 Advanced Clinical Teaching (2 hours)
  • EDUC 50970 Special Problems in Education (1 hour)
  • Content area specialization course (3 hours)

Spring: 9 hours

  • EDUC 60153 Seminar in Promoting Literacy in the Subject Areas (3 hours)
  • EDUC 60980 Advanced Clinical Teaching (2 hours)
  • EDUC 50970 Special Problems in Education (1 hour)
  • Content area specialization course (3 hours)

Courses for English Language Arts Specialization:

  • EDMS/SE 50173 Development of Written Communication (3 hours)
  • EDMS/SE 50153 Literature for Adolescents (3 hours)

Courses for Science Specialization:

  • EDMS/SE 50553 Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary Science (3 hours)
  • EDSC 60333 Theory and Pedagogy of Science Instruction (3 hours)

Courses for Math Specialization:

  • EDMS/SE 50443 Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics I (3 hours)
  • EDMS/SE 50453 Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics II (3 hours)

Courses for Social Studies/History Specialization:

  • EDUC 50003 Diversity in American Education (3 hours)
  • EDMS/SE 50463 Methods for Teaching Middle/Secondary School Social Studies (3 hours)


TCU will recommend students to the state of Texas for teacher certification after fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the TCU Teach program, including clinical teaching;
  • Final GPA of 2.75 or above with grades of C+ or higher in coursework;
  • Passing scores on relevant Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) certification exams.

To be eligible to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam, students must pass a representative practice exam. A single certification exam may be attempted five times. Additional attempts require State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) permission. Students who fail to take the appropriate TExES exam within three years of program completion must present documentation of completion of TExES review or additional coursework prior to receiving permission to test.

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