Graduate Admission Philosophy
Completed Application Checklist for Admission
Courses of Instruction
The mission of the School of Education is to develop effective, ethical educators with a passion for learning.
We meet that mission by offering excellent graduate programs taught in small classes by professors who know their students well. Educational experiences are designed so that students can grow personally and professionally to become leaders in their field.
Master of Education degrees are offered in the following areas:
- Educational Foundations
- Elementary Education
- Special Education
- Educational Administration
- Science Education
Three-Two Options for students enrolled in TCU undergraduate programs in the following areas:
- Early Childhood Education
- Middle School Education
- Secondary School Education
Doctoral degrees are offered in the following areas:
- Ph.D. in Educational Studies: Science Education
- Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
- M.B.A/Ed.D. Joint Program in Educational Leadership
Graduate Admission Philosophy
The University Admissions standards stated in the graduate catalog will be used in the admission process. Students who do not meet these standards may provide alternative evidence in the form of GRE scores, scores on the Miller Analogies Test, or strong advocacy from a faculty member familiar with the student's work (if the student has taken courses at TCU).
Completed Application Checklist for Admission
Because applications are considered in light of multiple criteria, incomplete applications cannot be accepted. A complete application consists of:
1. The completed Application Form from the website or hard copy
2. An essay stating your reasons for applying to the Graduate Program (200 words or less)
3. One official transcript from each college or university previously attended, sent directly to the Office of
Graduate Studies from the university or college (TCU transcripts not required)
4. One letter of recommendation attesting to your character and ethical conduct from a person who knows you well (Include contact information for follow-up)
5. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your competence, character and ethical conduct in professional settings. (Include contact information for follow-up)
6. Official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers
7. Evidence of current criminal record search
8. A personal interview (for the Counseling Program and Ed.D in Educational Leadership)
9. Recent acceptable Graduate Record Examination scores (for the Ph.D. in Science Education and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership)
10. A writing sample, 10-15 pages, exclusive of notes and works cited, that demonstrates appropriate academic writing skills needed for success in a graduate program (for the Ph.D. in Science Education and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership)
11. Application fee of $50 (made payable to TCU).
An online TCU School of Education application form may be accessed through http://www.sofe.tcu.edu
*TCU Students selected to pursue the Three-Two Option should contact the Office of Graduate Studies in the School of Education for an application.
The following deadlines are for consideration of complete applications:
November 16 -- last day to complete applications for spring admission.
March 16 -- last day to complete applications for summer admission.
July 16 -- last day to complete applications for fall admission.
Applicants to the Three-Two Option in Early Childhood Education must complete applications by March 16 for fall admission.
Courses of Instruction
EDAD 60103 Administrators, Schools and Districts. Relationships between different organizational patterns and administrative practices will be explored as well as the role of authority and decision making structures. Required of all majors in Educational Administration.
EDAD 60113 Administrators and Teachers. It will include concepts and issues derived from leadership, supervision, and law.
EDAD 60123 Administrators, Parents and Children. Foci will include community relations, communication, creating orderly, productive learning environments, and law.
EDAD 60133 Trends and Issues in Educational Administration. The course will normally be taught collaboratively with practicing administrators.
EDAD 60143 Administrative Life. This course is normally taken concurrently with EDAD 70200 Internship in Educational Administration. The course synthesizes prior course work, integrates new experiences from the Internship, and considers the alternatives each individual confronts in developing an administrative life, the jobs, technical and ethical demands, stresses and satisfactions.
EDAD 70001 Doctoral Pro-Seminar. This course may be taken twice for a total of 2 semester hours.
EDAD 70003 Foundational Readings Educational Administration. This course will examine the professional and intellectual history of educational administration.
EDAD 70013 Legal and Social Environment of Education. Educational institutions operate within an environment that requires relationships with families, employees, and other private and public institutions. The primary focus of this course will be state and federal laws that regulate these relationships, with attention paid as well to social and political forces that influence the enforcement of laws.
EDAD 70023 Managing Instructional Processes. High achieving districts are led by administrators that focus on academic programs, set attainable goals, continuously assess the curriculum, evaluate staff and teachers, and assess student achievement. This course will highlight the importance of instructional leadership and of developing effective evaluation processes as well as professional development opportunities.
EDAD 70033 Ethical and Moral Dimensions of Educational Leadership. This course emphasizes enduring educational problems and fundamental philosophical issues, concepts that feature centrally in educational discourse, ethical standards and dilemmas, and conceptual analysis as a means for clarifying decisions regarding educational policy and practice.
EDAD 70200 Internship in Educational Administration. Planned program of leadership responsibilities in an educational institution or agency, commensurate with the student's graduate program, certification objectives, and employment goals. Emphasis on research application in a field-based setting. Responsibilities and projects are under the direction of the academic advisor and on-site supervisor.
EDAD 80206 Internship. A semester-long internship providing leadership experiences in an educational or corporate setting commensurate with the student's doctoral program. This course can be repeated three times for a total of 18 semester hours.
EDEC 50143 Early Childhood Curriculum. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. The study of basic principles underlying curriculum construction and instructional practices in early childhood and primary education.
EDEC 60133 Play and Creativity. Research-based methods for creating experiences and environments for young children that support playful and creative learning opportunities. Current research and issues around appropriate practices with young children will be included.
EDEC 60173 Practicum in Early Childhood Education. All-day observation and supervised teaching for a period of six weeks in the public schools. Accompanying regularly scheduled class meetings on the campus for the entire semester for the purpose of developing competencies and professional growth.
EDEC 60223 The Young Child. Study of research on behavior of young children and application to planned learning experiences.
EDGU 50223 Helping Relationships. Examination and practice of specific skills and processes essential to the development of helping relationships. Emphasis is placed on the development of interpersonal skills and professional ethics necessary to counseling.
EDGU 50323 Small Group Dynamics. Study of the group as an interaction system, including: group process, group roles, guidelines for group selection and guidance, techniques for facilitating interaction, strategies for building credibility in groups, and the impact of life styles on group needs.
EDGU 60113 DSM: Diagnosis and Treatment. Overview of DSM disorders, their prevention and treatment.
EDGU 60123 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling. Prerequisites: Admission into counseling program or graduate degree in counseling; An examination of the ethical and legal concerns in counseling and the implication of these on students, administrators, teachers, parents, and the community at large.
EDGU 60143 Counseling Interventions. Prerequisite: EDGU 50223. Examination of techniques, strategies and methods of counseling; strategies to deal with resistant clients and acting out children; approaches to parent and professional consultation; crisis intervention issues and resources, and ethical and legal issues in the practice of counseling.
EDGU 60213 Intro to Marriage and Family Therapy. Examination of systems theory and the varying theoretical constructs, including strategic, structural, experiential, brief, and communication approaches.
EDGU 60233 Career Development and Information. Orientation to life planning and the world of work; theoretical models of career choice; examination of career information and resources and systems of career information utilization.
EDGU 60313 Motivating and Managing Students. Prerequisites: Admission into counseling program. Provide basic motivational and management procedures, which are applicable to a number of different educational environments. Emphasis is placed on the management of environments, instruction, and children behaviors, especially children with challenging behaviors.
EDGU 60383 Counseling Theories and Techniques. Orientation to established theories of counseling by examining and evaluating each theory's philosophical background, goals, and techniques and conceptualizing cases based on one's theoretical approach; consider issues in crisis counseling; and discuss ethical issues as they apply to hypothetical cases.
EDGU 60613 Guidance and Counseling Programs. Focus the development and implementation of school guidance programs, the services essential for effectiveness, coordination of pupil services with other elements of the educational program, strategies to build community resources and relationships, and program evaluation needs.
EDGU 70103 Practicum I. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy and successful completion of EDGU 50223, 50323 and 60383. Supervised application of counseling and guidance skills and concepts. A minimum of 150 hours is required of on-site experience, with a minimum of 75 hours of direct client contact.
EDGU 70203 Practicum II. Prerequisite: Admission to counseling program and successful completion of EDGU 50223, 50323 and 60383, 70103. Supervised application of counseling and guidance skills. A minimum of 150 hours is required of on-site experience, with a minimum of 75 hours of direct client contact.
EDGU 70223 Supervision in Counseling. Provide supervision of counselors-in-training under the supervision of supervising professor in class, schools, or agencies; examination of helper-helpee relationships through audiotape, videotape, observation, and in-class performance; the development of personal theory and strategies based on established theories and best practices of supervision in counseling.
EDGU 70323 Advanced Group Leadership. Application of advanced methods in group leadership integrating current theoretical knowledge with parallel experiences in intervention and techniques. Use of creative processes to facilitate group exploration in small group dynamics class for counselor trainees.
EDGU 70970 Special Topics in Guidance and Counseling. Focus on topics of interest to guidance counselors in schools and/or colleges and universities. Such topics might include sexual abuse, violence in dating and marriage, building resiliency in youth, family therapy, or other issues being raised by students, researchers, and/or society
EDMS 50023 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. As a part of the effective teacher model, this course will focus on instructional design and implementation, motivation of students to promote and enhance learning in the classroom; management issues pertinent to student behavior and learning outcomes; and preparation of a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies. (Offered as EDMS or EDSE credit.)
EDMS 50153 Literature for Adolescents. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Survey of reading interests of secondary school youth. Wide reading of classical and contemporary books for adolescents in the several teaching fields with specific attention to principles of selection and use in the middle school and high school.
EDMS 50173 Development of Written Communication. This course is a study of the developmental process of written communication as it relates to literacy development in upper elementary, middle school and high school students. This course will present methods of increasing students' written communication skills.
EDMS 50223 Practicum in Reading and ESL. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 50503, Developing Communication Competencies of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students. The reading practicum provides an opportunity to prepare lessons and teach in a sheltered ESL classroom under the supervision of a cooperating teach and TCU faculty.
EDMS 50613 Analysis of Literacy Problems. Prerequisites: EDUC 60053, 60153, or 50313 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Theory and techniques for using a variety of assessment strategies related to literacy development. Discussion and practice will be a based on the interpretation of elementary and secondary students' performance on a variety of literacy tasks.
EDSE 50023 Effective Teaching and Classroom Implementation. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. As a part of the effective teacher model, this course will focus on instructional design and implementation, motivation of students to promote and enhance learning in the classroom; management issues pertinent to student behavior and learning outcomes; and preparation of a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies. (Offered as EDMS or EDSE credit.)
EDSE 50153 Literature for Adolescents. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Survey of reading interests of secondary school youth. Wide reading of classical and contemporary books for adolescents in the several teaching fields with specific attention to principles of selection and use in the middle school and high school.
EDSE 50173 Development of Written Communication. This course is a study of the developmental process of written communication as it relates to literacy development in upper elementary, middle school and high school students. This course will present methods of increasing students' written communication skills.
EDSE 50213 Teaching in Bilingual Classrooms. Methods and strategies in teaching the bilingual child; including English as a second language and Spanish as a first language. Observation and participation in bilingual classes required.
EDSE 50223 Practicum in Reading and ESL. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 50503, Developing Communication Competencies of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students. The reading practicum provides an opportunity to prepare lessons and teach in a sheltered ESL classroom under the supervision of a cooperating teach and TCU faculty.
EDSE 50613 Analysis of Literacy Problems. Prerequisites: EDUC 60053, 60153, or 50313 and Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Theory and techniques for using a variety of assessment strategies related to literacy development. Discussion and practice will be a based on the interpretation of elementary and secondary students' performance on a variety of literacy tasks.
EDSE 60073 Seminar in Mathematics Education. The primary purpose of this course is to help you learn how to teach mathematics in secondary and middle school classrooms. We will learn the appropriate content and pedagogy for the 8-12 students. The course will be based on the available research in how all people learn mathematics. Heavy emphasis is placed on a variety of strategies including cooperative learning, technology, manipulatives, and cultural influences in mathematics education. Participants in the course are required to explore the research on effective practices.
EDSP 50013 Methods for Educating Students in Inclusive Settings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. How to adapt methods, techniques and classroom environments to help children with disabilities to be more successful in regular and special education classrooms.
EDSP 50663 Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Research-based methods for creating positive classroom and school climates, organizing and managing classrooms, improving instruction, dealing with classroom discipline problems, and developing prosocial behaviors in children and youth.
EDSP 60233 Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk. Examination of the diverse characteristics of children and youth with learning and behavior problems and the impact of these characteristics on social and academic development.
EDSP 60313 Educational Programs for Exceptional Children. Study of methods and materials appropriate for use with exceptional children.
EDSP 60323 Internship in Special Education. Field experience under direct supervision of a certified special education teacher in public or private school setting. Minimum of 200 clock hours required.
EDSP 60433 Issues and Practices in Collaboration. A review of current research and practices concerning the concept of shared responsibility between regular educators and special educators to provide coordinated and inclusive educational arrangements for all children and youth and to facilitate their success within the least restrictive environment.
EDSP 60453 Practicum in Educational Testing. Prerequisite: Permission of course instructor. Administration and interpretation of evaluative instruments in education and/or guidance settings.
EDUC 50003 Diversity in American Education. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. This course will equip educators with the necessary skills for multiethnic school environments. It focuses on developing an awareness of how education is connected to wider structures of social, cultural, economic life and encourages not only critical examination, but also discussion of alternatives to the present reality.
EDUC 50043 Seminar in Children's Literature. Advanced study of literature for children with special attention to principles of selection and use in the elementary school curriculum.
EDUC 50063 Seminar in Teaching Gifted and Talented Children. Advanced study of methods to identify, assess and teach exceptionally capable students. Major emphasis is on developing skills and teaching methods. Other aspects cover guidance counseling process, social/emotional needs, working with parents, and model school-district programs.
EDUC 50143 Theories of Human Development. Selected theories of human behavioral, social, and emotional development.
EDUC 50203 Programs in Bilingual Education. The rationale for bilingual-bicultural education including a survey of current programs. Includes lab experiences in public school classes.
EDUC 50213 Seminar in Bilingual Education. Methods and strategies in teaching the bilingual child; including English as a second language and Spanish as a first language. Observation and participation in bilingual classes required.
EDUC 50253 Technology Applications in Education. An introduction to using educational technology for professional productivity and instructional purposes. Includes familiarity and operational skills with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, desktop publishing, telecommunications, instructional software and multimedia authoring programs.
EDUC 50263 Cybercommunication in Education. Educational applications of computers and the Internet for communicating information. Students will develop skills in locating, organizing, interpreting, analyzing, evaluating, designing, and communicating various types of digital information (e.g., online discussions, desktop publishing, multimedia, and web sites). They will consider ethical and societal issues related to cybercommunication and instruction.
EDUC 50313 Foundations of Literacy. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. The study of the theoretical bases for literacy instruction. Research from linguistics, cognitive psychology, and sociology will be studied as related to recommendations for practices in literacy instruction.
EDUC 50503 Developing Communication Competencies of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education, and concurrent enrollment in EDMS/EDSE 50223, or permission of the instructor. Principles and practices of first and second language acquisition as they relate to the development of communication skills. Emphasis is placed on the interrelatedness of language processing (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to facilitate the learner's ability to construct meaning. Strategies to enhance social-communicative and cognitive-academic language competence, and self-directed learning are addressed. Assessment procedures appropriate to second-language learners are introduced.
EDUC 50513 Curriculum and Instruction in the Second Language Learning Classroom. Curricular and instructional principles and practices to meet the academic development needs of first and second language learners in the classroom. Emphasis on strategies for providing content-area instruction and establishing learner-centered environments within various ESL settings. Texas requirements for second language learners are addressed. (Offered as EDEL or EDSE credit.)
EDUC 50643 Reading in the Secondary School. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program or written permission of the Dean, School of Education. Materials and methods for developing reading skills of the secondary school student in the various curriculum areas.
EDUC 50870 Directed Study in Education. Study of specialized topics in Education.
EDUC 50970 Special Problems in Education. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and course instructor.
EDUC 60013 Curriculum Theory. Addresses general principles and practices of curriculum development and curriculum change; organizational patterns for developing curriculum and implementing change.
EDUC 60043 Seminar in Elementary School Science. Advanced study of current issues in science education and of curricula, materials, and techniques utilized in the effective teaching of elementary school science.
EDUC 60053 Advanced Study of Literacy Instruction. Analyzes recent research, philosophies of instruction, curriculum development, literature, and assessments that can be used to improve students' reading, writing, and language abilities.
EDUC 60063 Seminar in Elementary School Mathematics. Advanced study of modern curricula, strategies and techniques utilized in teaching and upgrading mathematics instruction in the elementary school.
EDUC 60073 Seminar in Elementary School Social Studies. Advanced study of curricula, strategies, and techniques utilized in teaching and upgrading social studies instruction in the elementary school.
EDUC 60083 Seminar in Elementary School Language Arts. Advanced study of curricula, strategies, and techniques utilized in teaching and upgrading language arts instruction in the elementary school. The interrelationships of all areas of language arts are given primary emphasis.
EDUC 60120 The Role of the Inservice Teacher in Preservice Teacher Education. Study of the role of the Cooperating Teacher in a teacher education conference. Includes clinical supervision, mastery learning, observation skills, conferencing skills and program design.
EDUC 60153 Seminar in Promoting Literacy in the Subject Areas. Instructional strategies include ways to integrate reading, writing, and study strategies.
EDUC 60213 Advanced Educational Psychology. The learning process and methods of application to the individual learner.
EDUC 60253 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education. Philosophic positions and the implications of these viewpoints on one's approach to and resolution of educational issues and questions will be examined.
EDUC 60293 Curriculum Workshop. Prerequisite: At least one year's teaching experience and approval of instructor. Provides for development of curriculum materials and strategies for specific subject areas; application of curriculum theory to school and classroom situations.
EDUC 60313 Educational Assessment. Characteristics of tests, constructs, scoring, interpreting, evaluation, and test-taking skills as a form of problem-solving are included.
EDUC 60333 Theory and Pedagogy of Science. This course considers the application of theories of teaching to the learning of science in school classrooms. As such, it utilizes a confluence of theory and evidence about how people learn science and how environments are best constructed to promote learning. This course examines current theories of science teaching in light of their assumptions and related empirical evidence.
EDUC 60513 Practicum in Education. Practical experiences in an educational setting designed to sensitize the student to the challenges of transforming theory into practice. This course may be repeated for credit.
EDUC 60810 Seminar in Educational Research. May be repeated up to 13 hours.
EDUC 60823 Educational Evaluation. Evaluation of programs, curriculum projects, accreditation standards, and personnel appraisal are explored using different approaches to evaluation. Other topics include purpose, qualitative and quantitative evaluation design and data-collecting methods, sampling techniques, and reliability and validity. Particular emphasis is placed on case study for the purpose of planning, conducting and writing the evaluation for presentation to stakeholders.
EDUC 60980 Internship. Supervised experience which emphasizes the application of theories of curriculum and instruction in a field-based setting. Options include the introduction of innovative teaching practices into a school or other educational setting or research focused on instructional practices. Graduate students in Education who possess a bachelor's degree with a non-education major and who have completed the specified course work may choose to apply the internship for certification purposes with the approval of the department. l-6 semester hours with no more than 6 semester hours applied to the Master's degree)
EDUC 70013 Colloquium in the Profession of Science Education. The Colloquium in the Profession of Science Education is designed as an introduction to the practical and theoretical issues of the profession for all first semester graduate students. Class sessions may take the part of presentations made by faculty or students; lectures by guest speakers; round table on specific educational issues; attendance at professional conferences; or informational meetings.
EDUC 70033 Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science. The Nature of Science is a hybrid arena consisting of aspects of the philosophy, history and sociology of science along with elements of the psychology of scientific observations all targeting the complete understanding of how science actually functions. This course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the methods and goals of science, the role of scientists and the place of science in society science and how philosophical issues can and should be reflected in science teaching and learning. We will read and discuss selections from the works of major philosophers of science and commentaries on science education from a philosophical perspective. Throughout this course we will explore the content of the nature of science and use that knowledge as a guide in improving science instruction and developing philosophically appropriate science curricula.
EDUC 70043 Science and Science Education in the Global Community. Science and Science Education in a Global Community will address different cultural, geographical, philosophical, and epistemological perspectives on educational reform. The history of ideas of science education as it has evolved in different contexts will be explored, along with the theories of educational change/reform and practical implications, which accompany varying perspectives.
EDUC 70870 Advanced Directed Study in Education. Advanced research on specialized topics in Education.
EDUC 70903 Treatise. Students complete a paper under the advisement of a faculty member in the department.
EDUC 70953 Research in Education. Students are expected to gain an appreciation of the complexities of the research process, ways of conducting research, and a sense of the power and constraints of the various perspectives within which educational questions are pursued.
EDUC 70970 Special Problems in Education. Prerequisite: Approval of advisor and instructor in course.
EDUC 70980 Thesis. Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy.
EDUC 70990 Thesis. Thesis
EDUC 90980 Dissertation. Dissertation. A maximum of six hours may be taken.
EDUC 90990 Dissertation. Dissertation. May be taken for a total of six semester hours.