University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Education-Instructional Specialist, Bilingual Education or Early Childhood Education

woman with laptop sitting beside young girlThe 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. Best Buy logo ranks the MEd-Instructional Specialist program as a Best Buy in the category of Most Affordable Online Education Masters Degree.


Link to a listing of the courses required for the degree program. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select Instructional Specialist (MEd) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT El Paso

Online Masters Advisor

(915) 747-7674
(915) 747-7441 (fax)

Degree Awarded: Master of Education-Instructional Specialist
Campus Program Information

Getting Started

What are the admission requirements?
Before admission to the Teacher Education Graduate Program, applicants must comply with the General Admission Requirements outlined in the UTEP Graduate Catalog.

  • Transcripts of all universities and colleges attended prior to application
  • Records of any completed certification
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Records of resident history for last two years (military spouses may contact the registrars office to establish residency

For admission to the Teacher Education Graduate Program, applicants must have the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or above.
  • Six semester hours of graduate work with a grade of “B” or better may be transferred from another institution.
  • Other regulations as outlined in the graduate catalog.

For more information about admission, please visit the UTEP Graduate Program website and read the College of Education and Graduate School sections of the Graduate Catalog.

How do I apply to the program?
This is a two step process...

  • Step one - use the online application to apply to the UTEP Graduate School. The Graduate school will need official copies of the following documents to successfully process applications into the Graduate School:
    • All transcripts
    • Two recommendation rating forms that can be filled out online
  • Step two - submit your letter of interest and vita/resume to the Online Masters Advisor at the address listed above.

How do I know which classes to take?
Once admitted to the graduate school and the Teacher Education Online Program, your faculty advisor will assist you. Students should maintain a continuing advising relationship with the faculty advisor which includes preparing and updating degree plan, course registration, and the comprehensive exam process. Contact the Online Masters Advisor above for more information.

What are additional Master of Education program requirements?
Students pursuing the Master of Education-Instructional Specialist must submit a scholarly paper and pass a comprehensive written exam in addition to successful completion of their coursework.

Enrollment in courses is restricted to students who have been accepted into this program. Once you have been admitted, your faculty advisor will assist you in course registration. After successfully completing the registration process, you can access your online courses beginning on the first class day of the semester. Consult the Academic Calendars for a listing of UTEP semester start dates.