Education Specialties
Holloway Hall

Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Department Chair: Dr. Ron Siers
M.Ed. Program Director: Dr. Gwen Beegle

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.

General objectives are as follows:

  1. Provide candidates an opportunity for personal and professional growth through graduate study.
     
  2. Provide classroom teachers and educational specialists opportunities to develop and improve competencies in their specific disciplines
     
  3. Provide educators with opportunities for additional preparation needed for professional development and career advancement. 

Program of Study

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.

Course Requirements

Course requirements consist of 33 credits, including the core courses, the program focus courses and the capstone. Faculty advisement is provided through the program.

Applicants should be current licensed teachers or those eligible for licensure. This is an advanced candidate degree program and thus does not lead to an initial licensure.

Application Requirements

Application requirements include copies of transcripts, recommendations and a statement of your own professional goals and aspirations.

Post Secondary Education Track

The Post Secondary Education track is designed for individuals pursuing a degree for employment in higher education or in agencies other than Pre-K schools.  It does not require or lead to an initial licensure.  Often, individuals wish to work in university departments such as Admissions, Housing and Residence Life, Student Affairs, or Athletics follow this track.

Professional Development

Persons seeking professional development at the graduate level may take courses as a graduate non-degree seeking student.

Admission Materials for the Curriculum and Instruction Program and Post Secondary Education Track

Complete the online application and then submit the following materials to complete your application packet.

  • Transcript showing the bachelor's degree and transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • Goal statement
  • Copy of teaching certificate (does not apply to applicants for the Post Secondary Education Track)
  • Program of Study - to be completed with a faculty advisor who will be assigned to you by the Department of Education Specialties upon receipt of your application and transcripts.

All materials to be submitted to:
     Department of Education Specialties
     Salisbury University
     1101 Camden Avenue - TE 379
     Salisbury, MD  21801

For additional information on the Master of Education programs and the admissions process, please call 410-543-6281.

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