Curriculum: Master of Education (Ed.M.) – Online

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45 credit degree program

The master of education degree requires completion of one option for a total of 45 credits. You are required to complete 18 credits of core courses and a minimum of 12 credits from an option.

Core courses (18 credits)

Required courses address a variety of important topics, including:

  • Racial and cultural harmony
  • Technology for educators
  • Research methods in education and action research
  • Teacher leadership

Options (12 credits)

Specialized course work from one of the following options:

  • Advanced science and mathematics education
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Social justice education
  • Free-choice (informal) learning

Electives (15 credits)

Elective courses can be selected from the other options or other OSU colleges, or transferred from other universities or colleges into the program. Up to 15 graduate credits may be transferred if they meet program and graduate school requirements.

Four-year cohort

As a member of a learning cohort, you will complete one course per term. This will give you the most flexibility to keep work, life and study in balance while completing your Master of Education degree in four years. Download our four-year course pathways document to see what courses you could potentially complete within the three program options each term.

Accelerated two-year program

If you need to take more courses per term to be eligible for financial aid or if you’re extremely motivated to get through the program faster, you can choose a two-year plan. By completing two courses per fall, winter and spring terms, and three courses during the summer, you will earn your degree in less than two years. Download our two-year course pathways document to see what courses you could potentially complete within the three program options each term.

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Amy Hoffman, program coordinator
OSU College of Education

This is not a teacher licensure program

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.