A total of 32 to 41 credit hours are required for the degree, depending on the strand and exit option chosen.
The MED program has four components that students must complete in order to earn their degree: core requirements, advancement to candidacy, specialization strands and electives, and exit options.
Core requirements (11 hours)
Course number Course title MED 559 or MED 561 Intro to Exceptionality (2) or Instructional Strategies for Exceptional Learners (2) Your advisor will guide the selection based on your previous coursework. MED 601 Educational Research Methods I (3) MED 605 Diversity and Social Context in the Classroom: Theory & Practice (3) MED 607 Foundations for Educational Practice (3)
Advancement to candidacy
A student working toward a Master of Education degree must apply for and be accepted as a degree candidate.
To be a degree candidate, the student must meet the minimum requirements below and the student's advisor must recommend him or her for advancement to candidacy. Students must also submit a signed Application for Admission to Candidacy Form to the College of Education and Counseling.
- Completion of 15 credit hours of graduate study
- Good academic standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Completion of MED 601 or enrollment in the class during the semester the application is submitted
- Formation of the supervisory committee
Specialization strand and electives (18 to 26 hours)
Course number Course title Total credits Strand Strand credits Total credits Advanced teaching and learning 18 32 to 36 English as a second language / English language learner 18 32 to 36 Principal/program administrator 21 35 to 41 Reading and literacy 18 32 to 36 Special Education 18 36
Detailed course listings for strands and electives can be found in the graduate academic catalog.
Exit options (3 to 6 hours)
The MED program offers a thesis or non-thesis option for the completion of the degree.
Option Credits Brief description Option Credits Brief description Thesis or Project 3 credit hours Written thesis or project with oral defense. Non-thesis 3 to 6 credit hours Capstone Course - MED 698: Integrating Theory and Practice in Education (3 credit hours), one additional graduate-level elective course in education for a minimum of 36 allowable credits.