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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language


The dual master's program is a 60-hour non-thesis program that provides candidates with advanced education in order to develop strong theoretical and experiential knowledge and effective skills in reading, ESL, and curriculum and instruction. Upon program completion, teacher candidates will receive a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language, along with preparation that can lead to certification as a Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher, English as a Second Language specialist, and Curriculum and Instruction specialist.


In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.


Prerequisite coursework must be satisfied for both degree programs.


Continuance in the MED in Curriculum and Instruction and MED in Reading and English as a Second Language programs past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

Required Shared Curriculum - 15 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)*
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
ESLS 5304 - Methods in Teaching ESL
ESLS 5308 - Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments
READ 6301 - Specialized Reading Assessment and Instruction

MED in Curriculum and Instruction Required Curriculum - 24 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


EDAD 6312 - School Law
EDUC 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
EDUC 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever
EDUC 6011 - Defense of Degree
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDUC 6312 - Technology Integration in Curriculum
EDUC 6313 - Assessment to Improve Learning: Formative Assessments and Continuous Improvement
EDUC 6315 - Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (S-L)*
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning 

MED in Reading and English as a Second Language Required Curriculum - 21 hours (excluding prerequisites)


Credit hours

Required Curriculum


READ 5011 - Reading Specialist Seminar
READ 6330 - Foundations of Reading
READ 6335 - Curriculum and Instruction in Reading
EDUC 6012 - Defense of Degree
ESLS 5301 - Second Language Acquisition
ESLS 5306 - Content Area Language Proficiency Skills
Select one of the following:
READ 5332 - Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience (S-L)
READ 5334 - Studies in the Diagnosis and Clinical Correction of Reading Issues
Select one of the following:
ESLS 5312 - Practicum for State Certification (S-L)*
ESLS 5314 - Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)*
Select one of the following:
ECHE 6373 - The Beginnings of Reading and Writing
ENGL 5302 - Introduction to Linguistics
ESLS 5310 - Administration of ESL Programs
READ 5302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction
READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts


15 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

24 hours

MED in Curriculum and Instruction Required Curriculum

21 hours

MED in Reading and English as a Second Language Required Curriculum

60 hours

TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)

*(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

Course Descriptions

Find course descriptions by category under the Graduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.

Special Notice for Dual Master’s Degree Students:

College of Education graduate students who are in a dual master’s degree program where a state certification exam is required should meet with their Program Advisor prior to registering for their first exam in order to determine which exam should be taken first. Students will be authorized only to take one TExES exam at a time. The first exam taken must be passed before permission to register for a second (different) exam will be given.

College of Education Graduate Defense of Degree

Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

A digital format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Educator Preparation Board and will take place on the main campus each semester.

It is recommended that candidates attend a Defense of Degree workshop held each semester. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to schedule a meeting with their designated Program Director who will provide additional information regarding objectives, service-learning, artifacts, reflections, presentation format, and evaluative criteria and scoring.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board. The EPB is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs’ advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates’ defense of degrees.

College of Education Graduate E-Portfolio

Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact EC-12 learning. The E-Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental E-Portfolio. There are three types of documents that must be included in the E-Portfolio: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.

The organization of E-Portfolio is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.

The E-Portfolio will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:

  • Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission

  • Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance

  • Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance

  • Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion

  • Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation

It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the E-Portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.