Program Details

The MEd Instructional Specialist program provides advanced professional education/skills for in-school and non-school settings.
Austin, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Curriculum & Instruction

Program Overview

Program Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) offers a 36-credit online Master of Education-Instructional Specialist program that provides advanced professional education knowledge and skills for application in school and non-school settings. Students pursuing the Master of Education-Instructional Specialist may choose to concentrate course work in the areas of bilingual education or early childhood education.

Both Master of Education-Instructional Specialist degree plans include the following:

  • Professional Development Core (12 credits)
  • Bilingual Education or Early Childhood Education Concentration (24 credits)


To complete the program in two years, a student would need to take two courses each semester and each summer. Other options for completing the course sequence in more than two years are available.

Texas ESL supplemental certification coursework is included in the Bilingual Education degree. Students will be eligible to sit for the TExES ESL Supplemental Certification Test. ranks the MEd-Instructional Specialist program as a Best Buy in the category of Most Affordable Online Education Masters Degree.


All courses are offered by UT El Paso.

Professional Development Core (12 credits)

  • TED 5300 Research for the Classroom Teacher
  • TED 5301 Learning Contexts and Curriculum
  • TED 5304 Scholarly Writing for Educators
    Bilingual Education
  • TED 5313 Diversity in Educational Settings
    Early Childhood Education
  • TED 5303 Authentic and Performance Assessment in the Classroom


Concentrations (12 credits)

Bilingual Education

  • BED 5330 Current Topics in Bilingual and ESL (Prerequisite BED 5331)
  • BED 5331 Survey Issues in Bilingual and Second Language Education
  • BED 5332 Literacy Development in Spanish (Taught in Spanish)
  • BED 5334 Teaching Content in Spanish (Prerequisite BED 5331, taught in Spanish)
  • BED 5343 Sheltered English Instruction for Educators

Early Childhood Education

  • ECED 5350 Current Topics in Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 5351 Trends in Early Childhood Education
  • ECED 5352 Seminar-Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECED 5353 Development of Literacy Skills, Preschool through Grade 3
  • ECED 5354 Development of Mathematics and Science Foundations, Preschool to Grade 3


Resource Area (6 credits)

Bilingual Education

  • BED 5336 Literacy and Biliteracy Development
  • LING 5348 Second Language Acquisition

Early Childhood Education

  • BED 5330 Current Topics in Bilingual and ESL (Prerequisite BED 5331)
  • ECED 5350 Current Topics in Early Childhood Education


Electives (6 credits)

  • TED 5302 Managing the Student-Centered Classroom


Total Credits: 36


UT El Paso

Online Masters Advisor
(915) 747-7674
(915) 747-7441 (fax)
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Degree Awarded: Master of Education-Instructional Specialist

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