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The Master of Education (M. Ed.) is a professional degree designed for candidates seeking advanced preparation in the education professions. The curriculum includes fundamental, theoretical and practical experiences within specific areas of study. The M.Ed. Program promotes continuing professional development and life-long learning for teachers and educational leaders. This is consistent with the recognition that capable and caring educators are necessary for students at all ages, ranging from the very young through adulthood.
Every student in the Curriculum and Instruction Program creates a unique program focus within their own program of study. A few examples include teaching with technology, early childhood learning and elementary pedagogy. Middle or secondary school teachers often build graduate-level content area courses into their program of study, combining deeper discipline knowledge with expanding teaching skills. Applicants meet with an advisor to design and update this dynamic program plan as they continue their studies.
Alongside the unique program focus, every student takes four core foundational courses on topics crucial to current educational practice: research, diversity, learning and technology. Finally, each candidate’s program of study culminates in a capstone course that demonstrates his or her ability to conduct disciplined inquiry on a topic important to their own teaching practice and professional development.