Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in our College of Education Graduate Programs. We offer a wide array of options of Masters and Doctorate degrees, as well as Educator Certifications and Specialist Certificates. Please explore our Graduate Programs below:

  • Counselor Education Programs
    • Certificates
      • Graduate Certificate of Play Therapy
        This certificate program provides specialized academic training in therapeutic play modalities for master’s level, degree-seeking students as well as post-master’s practitioners seeking professional training. Students will be impressed with our state-of-the-art training facilities, located on our main campus, as it is outfitted with 2- play rooms, 3-sandtray rooms, and videotaping capabilities. Our off campus training facility located at the Woodlands campus has one play room as well as portable sand tray and art carts. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate of Play Therapy.
    • Masters
      • Counseling, MA
        The Counseling Program has two specialties (Clinical Mental Health Counseling - CACREP-accredited and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling - pending CACREP-accreditation). This MA program provides students with the necessary academic preparation to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas. Learn more about the Masters in Counseling.
      • School Counseling, M. Ed.
        The CACREP-accredited Master of Education in School Counseling is designed specifically to prepare teachers for school counseling and with additional course work may also meet academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The program complies with existing standards for professional certification. Learn more about the Masters in School Counseling.
    • Doctorate
      • Counselor Education, Ph.D.
        The CACREP accredited Doctor of Philosophy degree provides the highest professional counseling degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions in counselor education, agencies, or schools. The degree includes a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses, students in this program are also expected to complete a major research study resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. Learn more about the doctorate degree in Counselor Education.
  • Educational Leadership Programs
    • Certificates
    • Certifications
      • Texas Principal Certification
        This certification plan is designed specifically for the candidate who has previously obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and wishes to obtain Principal Certification. It requires the completion of 21 credit hours. The program complies with existing standards for professional certification. A Practice Exam is required during the final semester of coursework. The study plan originates in the Department of Educational Leadership.Our Principal Certification program is also offered in combination with the MEd in Administration. Learn more about the Texas Principal Certification.
        • Texas Superintendent Certification
          The Superintendent Certification is designed to prepare students for careers as school district superintendents in Texas. This course is offered online, face-to-face or a hybrid of both online and classroom coursework. The program utilizes study of factual knowledge and theory, as well as internship field experiences, to develop student knowledge and skills. Learn more about the Texas Superintendent certification.
    • Masters
      • School Leadership, M. Ed.

        The Master of Education in School Leadership is specifically designed for individuals who are also seeking to work towards Principal Certification.The program curriculum emphasizes school administration and organization, effective leadership strategies, campus business management, and federal, state, and local school regulations. Learn more about the Master of Education in School Leadership.

        • Higher Education Administration, M.A.
          Conducted 100% online, the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration prepares students for mid-level administrative and leadership positions at higher education institutions and for further doctoral studies. The program is designed to enhance career-related leadership and will focus on student services, academic affairs, and student success, enrollment management, governance and organization of higher education, contemporary issues such as information technology, resource allocation, and other administrative functions. The curriculum includes a 36 hours of graduate credit (non-thesis option). Learn more about the Masters of Higher Education Administration.
          • Instructional Leadership, M.Ed.
            This degree is designed specifically for the candidate who wishes to work in a leadership position in either public school, private school, or other educational organizations. This degree is not for principal certification candidates. These leadership positions are typically in educational organizations. The Master of Education in Instructional Leadership is a 100% online, non-thesis degree that requires 24 hours to be completed in Instructional Leadership coursework and 12 hours to be completed in an elective area outside of Instructional Leadership. Learn more about the Masters of Instructional Leadership.
    • Doctorate
      • K-12 Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

        The doctoral program in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available to students who are leaders in educational institutions. Our executive-style doctoral program is designed to follow a cohort model in which graduate students typically begin the program as a group and complete the program together. To accommodate working professionals, doctoral students attend face-to-face classes one evening per week at the SHSU Woodlands Center. Learn more about the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

        • Developmental Education Administration, Ed.D.
          The Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration is a 100% online, interdisciplinary program designed to prepare educators to develop and administer programs for underprepared community college and university students. The doctorate provides the means for continued intellectual growth through advanced and specialized education that emphasizes original research with the goal to develop leaders in the field of Developmental Education. The curriculum includes a minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit. Learn more about the Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration.
          • Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D.
            The doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership provides the highest professional degree available to students who aspire to leadership positions at the college or university level. It includes a curriculum of a minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit. This degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of coursework, assessment of professional and research competencies, and completion of a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. To accommodate working professionals, doctoral students attend face-to-face classes one evening per week at the SHSU Woodlands Center. Learn more about the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership .
  • School of Teaching and Learning Programs
    • Certificates
      • Adult Education Certificate
        The Adult Education certificate will provide students with strategies and techniques necessary to effectively educate adults. Individuals holding either a bachelors or masters degree who wish to provide professional development or trainings to educate adults in schools, business, non-profit organizations, and/or institutions of higher learning would be prime candidates for this certificate. Learn more about the Adult Education certificate.
      • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
        The Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program is designed for the individual who is ready to take the next step into the exciting and rewarding field of behavior analysis. Although the program is designed for students who already possess a graduate-level degree, SHSU offers the M.A. degree in Special Education, which can be concurrently completed with this program. The specialized skills possessed by behavior analysts are in high demand and applicable to a rich variety of professional careers and settings, including but not limited to elementary, middle, and high school education; education administration; and behavioral therapy. Learn more about the Applied Behavior Analysis certificate.
      • Bilingual Diagnostician Certificate
        The Bilingual Educational Diagnostician Program prepares educational diagnosticians who have Spanish and English language proficiency to evaluate English Language Learners (ELLs) as well as students who are monolingual English speakers. Graduate students learn to establish language dominance and proficiency in Spanish and English, conduct assessments, interpret results, and make educational recommendations for learners in school settings. Learn more about the Bilingual Educational Diagnostician certificate.
      • Developmental Reading
        This certificate program will provide educational opportunities for developmental education adjunct faculty. Specialized instruction will lead to qualified instructors of developmental reading, writing, and combined classes and ultimately, greater student success by providing students with knowledge of reading as a process, theoretical perspectives related to developmental and adult learners, best practices for effective adult literacy achievement, knowledge of appropriate trends and issues associated with developmental education and struggling adult learners, and information on ways to instruct and assess the diverse learner. Learn more about the Developmental Reading certificate.
      • Digital Literacies
        Given the implications of current policy and technology in education, this certificate will provide coursework that allows participants to examine the role of digital literacy in education through the evaluation of digital literacies, their politics, problems, and possibilities, and will enable a deeper understanding of ways to incorporate digital literacies into curricula. Educators will gain a richer conceptualization of digital literacies and their place in twenty-first century education, in addition to understanding ways to apply appropriate programs and applications to their current teaching practices. Learn more about the Digital Literacies Certificate .
      • Dyslexia
        The Graduate Dyslexia Certificate provides students with the strategies and techniques necessary to effectively assess and plan instruction for dyslexic students. This certificate will benefit individuals who wish to incorporate instructional strategies in the classroom or as a building dyslexia specialist. Dyslexia certificate course work covers the necessary components that the State of Texas outlines in The Dyslexia Handbook (2010). SHSU students who complete the course work for this certificate will gain competence in assessment and differential diagnosis, instruction in the components of phonological and graphophonemic knowledge, and instruction that is multisensory, explicit, sequential, and cumulative. Learn more about the Graduate Dyslexia Certificate.
      • Early Childhood Education
        The Early Childhood Education Certificate offers additional coursework in Early Childhood Education to public and private school teachers, administrators, and support professionals who hold a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking additional knowledge and training in the field of Early Childhood Education. This Certificate can be used as an area of emphasis in many M.Ed programs within the College of Education. Learn more about the Early Childhood Education Certificate.
      • Early Childhood Special Education
        The Early Childhood Special Education certificate combines early childhood education and special education courses to provide additional training for individuals who teach or work with children with special needs. NOTE: This program does not provide for Teacher Certification through the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. Learn more about the Early Childhood Special Education certificate.
      • Second Language Instruction
        The Second Language Instruction certificate is designed for national and international in-service teachers who work with students learning English as a second or foreign language in elementary, secondary, university, or adult education programs. It includes training in theoretical and applied linguistics, second language teaching methodology, and the cultural aspects of language learning, teaching, and assessment. Learn more about the Second Language Instruction certificate.
    • Certifications
      • Educational Diagnostician Certification
        The Educational Diagnostician Certification is designed for individuals seeking to improve and extend their professional skills in special education. This certification is also offered in combination with an MEd in Special Education. Learn more about the Educational Diagnostician Certification.
      • LIDA Certificate for BCBA Certification
        The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (LIDA) program is a blend of special education and applied behavior analysis coursework. This program has two degree options: Master of Arts (thesis required) and Master of Arts (non-thesis). Both degree types provide the academic foundations for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BACB badge certifying that this program's course sequence meets the coursework requirements. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Learn more about the LIDA program.
      • Reading Specialist
        The Reading Specialist Certification is designed for applicants desiring to work as an all-level Reading Specialist. Students must successful complete a departmental comprehensive and/or portfolio examination before taking the Reading Specialist Exam. The certification is also offered in combination with the MEd in Reading/Language Arts. Learn more about the Reading Specialist Certification.
    • Masters
      • Comparative and Global Education, M.Ed.
        The Master of Education in Comparative and Global Education is a 30-hour program consisting of 18 hours of core courses through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and 12 hours of electives in a concentrated field. The core courses are designed from an educational policy foundations perspective to help students develop the ability to interpret knowledge within its historical, philosophical, cultural, and social contexts. The elective fields include higher education, political science, sociology, community health, kinesiology, instructional technology, and international literacy. Other elective fields would be considered in order to meet the needs and interests of students. Learn more about the Master of Education in Comparative and Global Education.
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.
        The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for educators interested in researching, developing, and implementing curriculum changes to support achievement. This program allows educators to focus on curriculum methodology, pedagogy, and theoretical applications. In addition, the program prepares educators to teach dual credit courses and/or courses at the community college level. In collaboration with an advisor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the student will develop an individual plan consistent with the student's interest and needs. Learn more about the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
      • Reading/Language Arts, M.Ed.
        The Master of Education in Reading/Language Arts is designed for practicing professionals in the field. The program develops reflective practitioners with the knowledge and skills for effective reading/language arts instruction. Candidates will become proactive instructional leaders and literacy advocates of students at all levels of literacy development. .
      • Special Education, M.Ed.
        The Master of Education in Special Education is designed to prepare professional educators with advanced competencies related to the field of special education. This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to apply research, methods, and recommended practices for the effective assessment and instruction of learners with special needs in diverse school and community settings. Learn more about the Master of Education in Special Education.
      • Special Education (LIDA), M.A.
        The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (LIDA) program is a blend of special education and applied behavior analysis coursework. This program has two degree options: Master of Arts (thesis required) and Master of Arts (non-thesis). Both degree types provide the academic foundations for becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BACB badge certifying that this program's course sequence meets the coursework requirements. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify, working knowledge of digital-age learning environments. Learn more about the LIDA program.
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.Ed.
        The Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed for teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language. The program addresses the theories of language instruction and incorporates research-based best practices for teaching English language learners. In addition to receiving the M.Ed., our graduates earn a certificate in Second Language Instruction from Sam Houston State University. Learn more about the Master of Education in TESOL.
    • Doctorate
      • Literacy, Ed.D.
        The Doctor of Education degree in Literacy provides the highest professional degree available to candidates who aspire to literacy leadership positions. The degree requirements include a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses and the successful completion of a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. Students must be enrolled during the semester the comprehensive examination is taken. After successful completion of the examination, the student may defend the dissertation proposal. Learn more about the Doctor of Education degree in Literacy.