Department of Teacher Education and Administration


Main Office
Matthews Hall, 206
P.O. Box 311337
Denton, TX 76203-1337
(940) 565-2920
Web site: www.coe.unt.edu/tea

John C. Stansell, Chair

Program Offices and Advising:
Curriculum and Instruction, Matthews Hall, 218
(940) 565-2826

Educational Administration, Matthews Hall, 218
(940) 565-2175

Elementary Education, Matthews Hall, 204
(940) 565-2826

Reading Education, Matthews Hall, 218
(940) 565-2826

Secondary Education, Matthews Hall, 204
(940) 565-2826

Supervision, Matthews Hall, 218
(940) 565-2175

Graduate Faculty: Adkison, Allen, Ausbrooks, Bane, Bernshausen, Camp, Campbell, Contreras, Cowart, Crocker, Day, Esprivalo-Harrell, Forney, Fox, Gallian, Greenlaw, Harris, Hudson, Huffman, Kemerer, Laney, Leavell, Luttrell, Mathis, Mohr, Patterson, Rodriguez, Simms, Stansell, Teeter, Trevino, Tunks, Turner, van Tassell, Wickstrom, Wilhelm, Williamson.

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers graduate programs to develop highly competent teachers, school administrators and others who wish to provide educational leadership to organizations. Effective instruction, curriculum development and evaluation are emphasized in all programs. Students use current theory and research to make decisions about effective practice. The department also strives to improve practice through generation of new knowledge and through service to educational institutions, governmental agencies and practitioners at all levels.

Masters degrees in curriculum and instruction, elementary, reading, secondary and administration (principal certification) allow students to apply for the Texas professional certificates and assume building level leadership and departmental responsibilities in curriculum and instruction. Foundations courses provide philosophical, psychological and sociological backgrounds for educational decisions and practices.

Doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction, educational administration (superintendent certification) and reading prepare students for advanced positions of educational leadership in schools, school districts and other educational settings.

The programs in this department are accredited by The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) [2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023 (202) 466-7496], and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) [1001 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701-2603, (888) 863-5880]. Programs are approved by and operate according to the guidelines and policies of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board [P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788; (512) 483-6101].

Research and Collaboration

Research and professional contributions of faculty are far ranging, from curriculum guides and textbooks in wide use throughout Texas and the United States to intensive training grants for teachers, school evaluation projects and studies of school finance and school choice. Each area represented in the department strives to make contributions to improving instruction for students throughout their school years.

Both research and service goals of the department are served through interdisciplinary efforts with other departments in the College of Education, the university and school districts. The Child Development Laboratory, Child and Family Resource Clinic, Center for the Study of Educational Reform and Professional Development Schools are also sites for interdisciplinary efforts.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for admission to the graduate school at the University of North Texas and the College of Education, each degree program may specify additional requirements for acceptance into programs. Please refer to the admission requirements listed for each degree program.

Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

A limited number of teaching fellowships and assistantships are available for graduate students. These opportunities include working with professors on research grants and projects or serving as a teaching assistant, working with undergraduate students in advising and degree plans, or teaching undergraduate classes and supervising student teaching. Application is made to the department chair by letter of application and a current resume. The letter should address particular strengths and interests.

A limited number of doctoral fellowships are available through the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Applications may be obtained through that office.

Degree Programs

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

In addition, the department offers support courses in educational foundations.

A doctoral program in reading education is offered in federation with Texas Woman's University.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Options

See the "College of Education" section in this catalog.

Curriculum and Instruction Degree Programs

Master of Education

The Master of Education degree with a major in curriculum and instruction was designed to enhance the knowledge and expertise of practicing teachers, combining theoretical perspectives and research-based practice with multiple opportunities for field-based projects and action research. Its goal is to support teachers as they assume leadership roles at the campus and district levels.

Admission Requirements

1. A valid Texas teaching certificate or equivalent.

2. Admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies as a degree seeking candidate with a major in curriculum and instruction.

3. Submission of acceptable scores on the GRE, as well as any additional program specific admission materials. Contact the academic program for information concerning admission test scores.

Course Requirements

EDCI 5320, 5360, 5710, 5720, EDUC 5130, EDSP 5680; 18 additional hours in one or more academic resource areas, as approved by the department. A portfolio presentation is required within the culminating course, EDCI 5720.

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy

The program offers graduate education leading to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy with a major in curriculum and instruction.

The goals of the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction are to prepare professional educators who are skilled and knowledgeable in analyzing and directing curriculum policy and in developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum products and instructional practices. The program offers a course of study with an interdisciplinary major in curriculum and instruction for grades K-12.

A research-oriented Doctor of Philosophy and a practitioner-oriented Doctor of Education are offered. Typically, the PhD program is recommended for students whose career ambitions include such activities as (1) researcher in a public or private sector research and development center or (2) professor in a collegiate program of teacher education. The EdD program is recommended for students whose career ambitions include administrative and supervisory positions in school districts.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction takes into consideration several critical factors deemed important for success in graduate studies. No single factor determines an individual's eligibility for admission.

Admission to the EdD or PhD program in curriculum and instruction is a two-step process. Each applicant first must apply to and meet the general admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

Applications for students who meet initial admission standards are forwarded to the faculty in curriculum and instruction for review. Initial acceptance into the program is contingent upon the applicant meeting the following program admission standards in addition to the general requirements listed in the College of Education section.

1. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 on the master's degree.

2. Submission of acceptable scores on the GRE as well as any additional program-specific admission materials. Contact the academic program for information concerning acceptable admission test scores.

3. Three years of successful teaching experience or related, acceptable experience. In the event the student does not meet this requirement, the faculty in curriculum and instruction may recommend the student participate in extensive practicum or internship experiences as part of the doctoral degree requirements. This practicum or internship will be in addition to that required as part of the regular degree program.

4. Applicants must complete an application form, which may be obtained from the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. Applicants must submit the following to the curriculum and instruction faculty for review: a letter of intent to pursue doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction, a professional resume and three letters of recommendation from persons who can testify to the applicant's ability to do advanced work. In addition to the listed criteria, the faculty may consider the applicant's related work experience, publications, presentations to professional organizations, leadership roles, teaching excellence, awards and other activities that might provide evidence of potential success in a doctoral program.

5. Applicants must complete successfully the written and oral admissions examination within their first 12 hours of course work to receive unconditional admission.

Residency Requirement for the EdD and PhD

To meet the residency requirement, EdD students are required to enroll in a minimum of 18 semester hours during a calendar year. PhD students are required to enroll in a minimum of 18 semester hours during two consecutive long semesters (fall-spring, spring-fall, spring-summer I or summer II-fall). Residency must be completed prior to attempting the written qualifying exam.

Course Requirements

Required common courses for both the PhD and EdD include the curriculum and instruction core courses: EDCI 6110, 6220, 6230, 6340, 6350 and 6460; research courses EDER 6010 and 6020; 6 hours in technology; 24 hours in a related field of study; and 12 hours of dissertation.

The PhD program also requires the following courses: research courses EDER 6210 and 6280; 3 to 9 hours of mentorship, which may be met by research assistantship, independent study on a basic research problem, and/or additional course work in research. A 9-hour tool subject also is required. The tool subject may be met through educational research or computer education.

In addition to the common courses, the EdD requires a 6- to 9-hour practicum that may include evaluation studies, action research, and/or supervisory studies.

Additional course work may be required, depending on the candidate's previous experience.

Educational Administration Degree Program

Certification

The Texas principal's certificate requires a master's degree with 39 semester hours of graduate credit. The superintendent's certificate requires an additional 21 hours. Requirements are listed in the College of Education section.

Master of Education

Major in Educational Administration

A Master of Education degree program in educational administration is available. A minor field is not required, but students must take at least one course outside the program area.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is described in the College of Education and the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies sections. Applicants must submit satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores prior to or during the first semester of study in the program. Contact the academic program for information concerning acceptable admission test scores. To complete admission requirements for the educational administration program, the student must request an admissions application packet from the program office. Among the required steps are:

1. complete the admission process during the first semester in the program;

2. provide evidence of a minimum of two years' teaching experience in pre-collegiate education in an accredited school;

3. submit a recommendation from the applicant's current supervisor (normally the school principal); and

4. submit completion of the letter of district support form.

Major in Educational Administration

Required for major: EDAD 5300, 5330, 5390, 5400, 5600, 5610, 5620, 5630, 5650, 5680 and 5700. The student must select one course from the following: EDEE 5320, EDSE 5440, EDEE/EDSE 5400, EDER 5050, 5210, 5220, 6350 or CECS 5500.

Prerequisite(s): provisional teaching certificate and two years of teaching experience in an accredited school.

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered with a major in educational administration. For the Doctor of Education, a minor field may be selected from any other discipline at the university. For the Doctor of Philosophy, a minor field must be selected from a discipline outside the field of education.

The PhD program prepares individuals to conduct and evaluate research that will expand knowledge in educational administration. Typically, the PhD student plans a career as a university professor, as a policy analyst, or a research director in a state or local education agency.

The EdD program is designed for students who plan careers as school administrators. This degree emphasizes the application of educational research and accepted management practice to educational administration. The aim of this program is to assist students to prepare for leadership roles in education.

Admission Requirements

A uniform admission date has been established in the spring semester for both the EdD and PhD programs. Applicants must check with the educational administration program office to obtain information about necessary dates. Applicants must apply for admission to either the EdD or PhD program in educational administration. Students applying for the PhD program will be expected to declare as an objective a career as a university professor or a research position within a state or federal agency or school district. Students applying for the EdD program will be expected to declare as an objective a career as a school administrator.

Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, general education requirements (as listed in the College of Education section of this catalog) and the departmental requirements for admission to doctoral study.

A candidate for admission to either doctoral program must have completed 24 hours in education at the undergraduate or master's level. Students who do not have a master's degree in school administration must complete a minimum of 15 hours of deficiency courses in educational administration. These courses, generally taken prior to or concurrent with the doctoral requirements, are specified by the student's major professor.

It is expected that applicants will have had experience as public or private school teachers and will hold a teacher's certificate.

Doctoral students in educational administration who have scores of 450 and above on the verbal and on the quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination are most likely to complete their degrees. Applicants who score below 450 on either the verbal or quantitative section of the exam are not precluded from applying for admission but first must file a successful appeal with the EDAD appeals committee pursuant to appeal committee procedures. This will include a personal appearance before the committee. The purpose of the appeal is to determine whether the applicant should be permitted to take the admissions examination and has no bearing on actual admissions to the doctoral program for which the student is applying. Only the EDAD faculty finalizes admission to the doctoral programs, a decision reached after all admissions materials have been submitted and the admissions exam has been taken.

Each EdD and PhD applicant must submit an admissions portfolio that contains the following.

1. A completed application form (transcripts of prior academic work will be forwarded by the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies).

2. Letters of reference from three persons, one of whom must be a college or university professor. These letters should contain a description of the relationship of the writer to the applicant; an assessment of the applicant's prior work as an academic professional; and an assessment of the applicant's ability to do doctoral work.

3. A detailed resume.

4. A three page description of the applicant's two most important prior professional achievements; the applicant's future career goals; and how securing the degree in educational administration for which the student is applying will help achieve the goals.

5. A sample of the applicant's best written work in the form of a published article or book chapter, a research term paper, or a school district or agency report or position paper. The purpose of the writing sample is to demonstrate the applicant's ability to read scholarly material, conduct research and write at a more advanced conceptual level than just describing good practice.

6. A three-page discussion of the two or three most important books that the applicant has read recently that relate to the field of education.

Applicants for both degrees must complete a written admissions exam. The admissions exam may be taken only after all other application materials have been submitted. It is up to the student to make sure that all requested items have been submitted. The purpose of the admissions exam is to ascertain organizational abilities; capacity for rational thinking; and writing skill. Prior to the admissions exam, each student will be given book chapter, research paper, or book to read. The questions on the admissions exam will relate to the prior reading assignment.

Residency Requirement

To meet the residency requirement for the EdD program, students are required to enroll in a minimum of 18 semester hours during a calendar year. For the PhD program, students must enroll full-time (a minimum of 9 semester hours) during both fall and spring semesters.

Doctor of Education Degree Requirements

The following are minimum degree requirements for students in the EdD program.

1. Core courses: EDAD 6100, 6510, 6520, 6530, 6570, 6580.

2. Research and statistics: EDER 6010, 6020.

3. Educational administration electives: 9 hours selected based on the student's career focus.

4. Minor field: 15 hours selected from a single field based on the student's career focus.

5. Dissertation: 12 hours minimum.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

The following are minimum degree requirements for students in the PhD program.

1. Core courses: EDAD 6100, 6400, 6510, 6570; plus two courses selected from EDAD 6110, 6310, 6900.

2. Research and statistics: EDER 6010, 6020; plus one from EDER 6210, 6220, 6230 and 6280.

3. Philosophy: Either EDUC 6150 or PHIL 5110 or 5260 or equivalent approved by major professor.

4. Educational administration electives: 9 hours selected from a list established by the department.

5. Minor field: 15 hours outside the college in a field related to the student's area of research interest.

6. Dissertation: 12 hours minimum.

7. Tool subject: Competency in a tool subject must be demonstrated by completing either 9 hours of computer sciences or equivalent courses (over and above other computer-related courses listed on the degree plan) or 9 hours of research courses (over and above other research courses listed on the degree plan). Proficiency in a foreign language also can be used to satisfy this requirement if knowledge of the language is necessary for completing the student's dissertation research. Possible use of native language to meet this requirement will be determined by the doctoral committee of the student. Such students may either be allowed to take and pass a proficiency exam in native language or complete 9 hours of foreign language.

Elementary Education Degree Program

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

See the College of Education section in this catalog.

Reading Education Degree Programs

Master Reading Teacher Certificate

(Does not Require Master's Degree)

The UNT College of Education offers four graduate courses and an optional summer reading institute for teachers desiring the master reading teacher (MRT) certification. This certificate targets teachers who have already demonstrated specific expertise as teachers of reading. Applicants seeking admission to the MRT certification program must have the following qualifications:

1. admission to the graduate school;

2. three years of successful teaching experience;

3. letter of recommendation from principal of current school; and

4. interview with reading faculty committee.

Master of Education

The master's degree includes the all-level reading specialist certificate.

Required for major: EDCI 5320; EDEE 5060; EDEE or EDCI 5710; EDEE or EDCI 5720; EDRE 5170, 5180, 5190, 5200, 5370 and 5550; 3 hours from DFEC 5653, EDEE 5140, SPHS 5820, 5835, ENGL 5040, 5060, 5080 or 5330; 3 hours from EDCI 5004 or EDRE 5800, Studies in Reading (as approved by instructor).

Three years of successful teaching in an accredited school and passing the state required examination for the certification of educators in Texas are required for certification.

A portfolio is required for the master's degree in reading.

Admission Requirements

1. Each applicant first must apply to and meet the general admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

2. Submission of acceptable scores on the GRE and any program specific admission materials. Contact the academic program for information concerning acceptable admission test scores.

3. A minimum of 18 hours of education.

4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program in reading education is a cooperative effort between the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University under guidelines established by the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. Both the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education degrees are offered. The federated approach enables students to utilize the combined faculties, libraries, computer facilities and research opportunities available at both universities in pursuit of their doctoral studies.

The federation doctoral program provides opportunities for formal course work, independent study, participation in regional and national conferences, and dissertation research. The program also includes federation-sponsored seminars featuring outstanding nationally and internationally recognized scholars.

The doctoral program in reading education prepares educators and researchers for specialized work in reading at all levels of education. The program responds to the recognition of the value of literacy and contributes to its development in diverse social contexts, from local school districts to universities in the United States and abroad. At all levels of study, the interrelationships of theory and practice are valued, as students are led to develop theory and new knowledge leading to integrations of research and teaching.

The policies of the doctoral program are guided by committees made up of faculty from the participating institutions. The policies must be consistent with the policies of the participating universities.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the federation doctoral program in reading education is a two-step process. Each applicant first must apply to and meet the general admission requirements of the graduate school at one of the participating universities.

Applications of students who meet initial graduate school admission standards are forwarded to the Reading Education Federation Admissions Committee for review. The committee consists of one member from each institution. The admissions committee admits qualified students into either the PhD or EdD program. That decision is based on the applicants' career goals, work experience and other pertinent factors. Students who graduate from the federation program will receive their degree from the university through which they entered the program.

The applicant must meet the following program admission standards.

1. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 on the master's degree.

2. Submission of acceptable scores on the GRE and any program specific admission materials. Contact the academic program for information concerning acceptable admission test scores.

3. Completion of three years of successful teaching experience. In the event the student does not have the full three years of experience, the federation admissions committee may recommend that the student participate in extensive practicum or internship work as part of the doctoral degree requirements.

4. Initial acceptance into the federation doctoral reading education program also is based on the applicant (a) participating in an interview, (b) submitting three letters of recommendation, (c) providing a goals statement for doctoral studies, and (d) completing an on-site writing sample.

5. Successful completion of common admission examinations developed by the admissions committee.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 hours beyond the master's is required, plus satisfaction of the tool subject requirement for the PhD. Based upon a review of the preparation of each entering student, additional deficiency courses may be required.

1. The following specific degree requirements must be completed for the PhD or EdD.

2. For PhD students, the tool subject requirement can be met by taking 9 hours of advanced research, or 6 hours of advanced research and 3 hours of computer sciences. The courses must include advanced quantitative research and advanced qualitative research.

3. PhD students are expected to take a minimum of 12 hours outside the UNT College of Education.

4. For both PhD and EdD students, a minimum of 12 hours must be taken at a federation institution other than the student's home institution.

5. To complete the integrated core curriculum of the federated doctoral program in reading education, the student must complete each of the following courses. Each course will be taught at the indicated campus.

6. The selected courses in reading education requirement can be satisfied by completing two courses from the following lists.

UNT

TWU

7. Residency requirement: Doctoral students must complete two consecutive semesters with a minimum of 9 hours taken each semester. Consecutive semesters may include summer, and employment is not restricted.

8. Students have 10 years to complete the program. No course work beyond the master's degree that is more than 10 years old at the time the doctoral degree is conferred can be used toward the doctoral degree.

9. The student must complete successfully the common exit examinations (written qualifying examinations) prepared by the Federation Doctoral Committee, which consists of one member from each institution. The examination will consist of one and a half days of written work in the major and a half day in the minor.

10. The student must successfully develop a dissertation proposal, defend the proposal, and complete and defend the proposed research.

Doctoral Committee

Each student's program will be guided by a doctoral committee. Each committee must have a representative from the alternate federation institution who actively participates in (a) drawing up the student's degree plan, (b) evaluating the written and oral qualifying exams, (c) evaluating the dissertation proposal and final defense and (d) attending the dissertation defense.

Secondary Education Degree Programs

The department offers a graduate program leading to the following degree:

The major emphasis for the master's degree is in secondary curriculum and instruction. The minor field must be 12 to 18 hours in one or more state approved teaching fields or endorsement areas.

A written comprehensive examination is required for the master's degree in secondary education.

Initial Teacher Certification with Master's Degree

This program is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and want to earn initial teacher certification at the graduate level. Students must meet the admission requirements listed above (except as noted).

Required course work includes EDSE 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5108, 5118 and 5130.

Students seeking a 36 hour master of education degree must complete an additional 3 graduate hours in teacher education and a minimum of 12 graduate hours in their teaching field(s).

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

See the College of Education section in this catalog.

Doctoral Programs

Students wishing to pursue further advanced work in curriculum and instruction at the doctoral level should refer to "Curriculum and Instruction" in this section of the catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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