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

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
  • Educational 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.

Download our complete list of courses and the academic terms in which they are offered.

Two-year program

As a member of a learning cohort, you will complete two courses per fall, winter and spring terms, and three courses during the summer. Download our two-year course pathways document to see what courses you could complete within the four program options each term. This plan will enable you to earn your degree in less than two years.

Of course we understand that sometimes “life happens” and that you may need some flexibility to keep work, study and personal obligations in balance. Our program is designed to provide students flexibility on a case by case basis should personal needs arise.

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.


Amy Hoffman, program coordinator
OSU College of Education



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