Courses in Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI), Reading Education (RDG), and Special
Education (SPED) are offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
along with the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the
At the graduate level, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction,
the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Bilingual Education, the Master of Education (M.Ed.)
in Elementary Education, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Education, and
the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) are offered. The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
leads to Teacher Certification in the state of Texas in one of seven specialty areas:
Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, English, Mathematics, Spanish, Generic
Special Education, and Reading. Additionally, the Department offers two endorsement
programs recognized by the state of Texas in Bilingual Education and Early Childhood
Education. Unlike most of the instructional units at the University, no minor is offered
through this Department. The Department and associated instructional facilities are housed in
the College of Education Building with the Department Office located in Room 214.
Students who are interested in detailed information regarding the graduate degrees
offered through the Department are referred to the Graduate School Bulletin of Texas
Southern University for detailed information.
The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to prepare effective
teachers to serve culturally diverse populations in schools in the United States with
a focus on urban school populations.
The seven specialty areas for the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies represent seven
tracks that students may follow toward completion of the degree and the earning of
Teacher Certification. All students pursuing anyone of the seven tracks must be admitted
to the Department as well as to the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of
Requirements for the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, by track, are summarized below.
Interested students must first be admitted to the University, must satisfy TASP requirements
(260 in Reading, 230 in Mathematics, and 220 in Writing), must eradicate deficiencies
assessed at the time of admission through the General University Academic Center (GUAC)
, and must petition the Department for admission as TASP requirements are completed.
Students are admitted after review by a departmental committee; and, once admitted,
they are assigned an official advisor who should be consulted on a semester or term
basis. Advisors guide students admitted to the Department through the admission process
for the Teacher Preparation Program, as well as oversee their matriculation through
the Program. Advisors also advise students with regard to their status for graduation
as they enter and complete their senior year.
All requirements for the Teacher Preparation Program must be met (consult previous
section of this document under the College of Education), and students must have an
overall GPA of 2.50 or better to graduate. Courses designated as major courses must
be completed with grades of "C", where grades of "C-" are unacceptable; and grade
restrictions referenced for the Teacher Preparation Program must also be adhered to.
Prior to graduation, a comprehensive departmental exit examination is administered
Students who are interested in one or both of the two endorsement programs (approved
by the state of Texas) should familiarize themselves with the requirements referenced
below and for the Teacher Preparation Program at Texas Southern University; thus,students desiring to earn these endorsements must be admitted to the Teacher Preparation
Bilingual Education Endorsement Requirements are as follows: