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Requirements for the Master of Education Degree

The graduate program of each student admitted to candidacy for the degree of Master of Education is planned and supervised by an advisor in the respective program area. Program planning is based upon the student's undergraduate curriculum, professional experience, and aims and purposes in pursuing the master's degree. Before the degree is awarded, the candidate must have completed one year of successful teaching experience or other educational service. This requirement may be fulfilled by satisfactory completion of student teaching, an internship, or a practicum.

Each program must include a minimum of thirty approved credits (Higher Education and Student Affairs, forty; Interdisciplinary Studies, thirty-six). Contingent on a candidate's background and interests and on program specification, additional credits may be required. If a student's preparation is inadequate to begin study at the graduate level, additional undergraduate courses will be required. Normally, each Master of Education degree program must include a minimum of three to six semester hours of graduate work in the foundations of education unless this requirement or its equivalent has been met previously. Graduate courses which currently fulfill this requirement include:

EDFS 200Contemporary Issues3
EDFS 204Sem in Educational History3
EDFS 205History of American Education3
EDFS 206D2:Comparative Education3
EDFS 207Traditionalist Education3
EDFS 209Intro to Research Methods3
EDFS 255School as Social Institution3
EDFS 302Philosophy of Education3
EDFS 303Ethics Helping Relationships3
EDFS 304Religion,Spirituality & Ed3
EDFS 309Schol Pers Narr Writing:ED&SS3
EDFS 314Modes of Inquiry3
EDFS 320Technology, Schooling, Society3
EDFS 322D1:Chall Multicult/Ed&Soc Inst3
EDFS 347Qualitative Research Methods3
EDFS 348Analyze&Write Qualitative Rsch3
EDFS 352Aesthetic Ed & Social Justice3
EDFS 354Anth Persp on Ed & Soc Serv3
EDFS 369Ethics in Ed & Soc Serv Admin3
EDFS 377Seminar Educational Psychology3
EDFS 380Professional Problems in Educ3
EDFS 397Problems in Education1-6
EDCI 200Contemporary Issues0-6
EDCI 207Univ and Third World Devel3
EDCI 211Educational Measurements3
EDCI 215The Gifted Child3
EDCI 238Teach'g w/Global Perspective3
EDCI 241Science for the Elem School3
EDCI 245Computer Apps in Elem&Sec Curr3
EDCI 261Current Direction in C&I3
EDCI 321Learning, Design & Technology3
EDCI 322Differentiation & Technology3
EDCI 323Inquiry and Technology3
EDCI 324Assessment and Technology3
EDCI 325Leadership and Technology3
EDCI 333Curr Concepts/Planning/Develop3
EDCI 363Analysis of Curr & Instruc Sem3
EDCI 397Problems in Education1-6
EDPE 265Exercise & Sport Science3
EDPE 266Ex Prescrip:Sprt,Hlth,Fit,Perf3
EDPE 267Sci Strength Training&Condtng3

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination is required. It may be written, oral, or both. The choice of the examination format will be made by faculty members in the area of specialization after consultation with the advisor and the candidate.

  1. The written comprehensive examination will cover the field of education with emphasis on the area of specialization.
  2. The oral comprehensive examination will emphasize the area of specialization.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to schedule the required examination with the College of Education and Social Services. Since each program has different options for meeting the oral and written comprehensive requirements, candidates must contact the respective program chair or advisor regarding program policy.

Thesis Option

If the thesis option is elected (not available in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master's program), the oral or written comprehensive examination must be successfully completed prior to the thesis defense.

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Education

Eighteen credits of Education and related areas or appropriate professional certification. The Education courses prerequisites may not apply to the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Educational Leadership, or Interdisciplinary Major Program in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences, i.e., persons seeking positions which do not require public school certification.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Eighteen graduate credits in courses in Education, including a minimum of six in the foundations of education;1 twelve additional credits in approved graduate courses or six additional credits and thesis research; a year of successful experience in teaching or in a related educational activity.


This requirement no longer applies to the program in Special Education.