Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Majoring in Curriculum & Instruction

DEGREE: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
                              Curriculum Planning ( licensed P-12 practitioners, minimum of 3 yrs. experience )
                              Educational Technology (non-licensure; advanced degree program)
                              Music (non-licensure; advanced degree program. Must have a B.A. or B.S. in Music )

                              Reading (advanced program designed for licensed P-12 practitioners* 
                                            with add-on Reading Specialist endorsement
                              Secondary School Instruction (7-12 or K-12 initial teacher certification

                              Teaching English Language Learners  (non-licensure, advanced degree program)

The Master of Education program provides advanced study to certified teachers or teacher candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree. The program builds on the College of Education’s conceptual framework, to  prepare educators to become competent and caring professionals who can work effectively with diverse populations.

Admission Requirements  
Unconditional admission to the program requires the applicant to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Conditional admission may be gained with a lower grade point average. The student must remove conditional status by providing scores on graduate exam (GRE or MAT) and earning at least a B (3.0) average in the first nine hours of graduate courses. Failure to achieve this will result in withdrawal from the program.

Admissions to teacher education programs at the graduate level requires a 2.75 GPA or higher on the last earned degree. Additional evidence of academic performance may be required (other test scores). Applicants who are seeking initial teaching license should contact the Office of Teacher Education and Student Services for current requirements.

Students who are potential candidates for the master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction -- Secondary School Instruction concentration must be certified to teach or must meet certification (initial licensure) before the degree is awarded. Exceptions are the concentrations in Educational Technology, Music, and Non-English Language Background (NELB) candidates.

Exceptions are the concentrations in Educational Technology, Music, and Non-English Language Background (NELB) candidates.

* All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines below.
               Fall:  July 1                     Spring:  November 1          Summer:  April 1 

Transfer credits
Candidates wishing to transfer credit(s) toward the M.Ed. program may transfer a maximum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours from an accredited institution for courses that correspond to program/state requirements.

Degree Requirements
Candidates for the Master of Education degree, and initial certification, must take a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours of graduate course work, successfully pass comprehensive examinations in the fields of general education and secondary education; pass all Praxis examinations, and achieve a score of 42 or higher on the edTPA portfolio before the Master of Education degree will be conferred. In addition, the Secondary School Instruction concentration is for initial licensure only and requires that candidates are eligible for license before the degree will be conferred. The concentrations in Reading and Curriculum Planning requires candidates to be a licensed U.S. classroom teacher to be admitted to the program. All Curriculum & Instruction candidates must successfully pass a comprehensive examination as assigned by their concentration area and pass the Praxis exam for the subject when seeking an endorsement.


The general core of fifteen (15) semester hours is listed below:

EDCI 5000 - Foundations of Education
EDCI 5110 – Research and Statistics in Education
EDCI 5300 – Multicultural Education
EDCI 6100 – Curriculum Planning and Programming
PSYC 5430 –Advanced Educational Psychology

The concentration coursework of eighteen (18) semester hours of specialized study. Please contact program coordinator for specific listings.

                              Curriculum Planning: Dr. Nicole Arrighi
                              Educational Technology: Dr. Nicole Arrighi
                              Music: Dr. Nicole Arrighi

                              Reading: Dr. Show Mei Lin
                              Secondary School Instruction: Dr. UrLeaka Newsome and Dr. Twianie Roberts
                              Teaching English Language Learners: Dr. Kisha Bryan

For More Information

Office: 203 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5465