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

Now accepting students for winter 2015. Classes start January 5.

Applicants need to be working teachers or experienced teachers with access to a classroom.

Learning outcomes

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Watch this informational video, hosted by program coordinator Sue Helback. This video provides an overview of the program, its curriculum, tuition costs and how you can get started.

You will use your classroom as a lab to apply advanced pedagogical knowledge and skills while developing professionally in these areas:

Informed practitioner – Using advanced instructional strategies, you learn to critically analyze teaching methods and have greater impact on student success.

Reflective researcher – You will interpret educational literature and integrate key findings into your classroom.

Professional leader and advocate – Networking with colleagues to develop the credibility to be a leader in the pursuit of excellence in education.

The learning outcomes of this K-12 education program are aligned with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

45-credit degree online program

Professional education core: 24 credits

Required courses address a variety of important topics, including:

  • Critical literacy and social justice
  • Teaching in a differentiated and diverse classroom
  • Using assessment to improve instruction
  • Research methods in education and action research
  • Teacher leadership

Capstone project: 6 credits

Upon completion of the core curriculum, you will demonstrate your advanced knowledge and skills by completing a school improvement project. Capstone projects address a practical, real-world problem in the classroom, school or community.

Area of concentration or endorsement: 15 credits

You have the option to specialize in a high-demand educational area, such as STEM, or add a reading, ESOL or ESOL/bilingual endorsement.

These courses are also available to any teacher to renew their teaching licenses even if they are not enrolled in the master's program.

View course information for more details about the classes within the master's in K-12 education program.

Complete your degree in two to three years

Enroll in one online course every term during the academic year and two to three courses in the summer.

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This is not a teacher-licensure program

By completing this degree program, it does not guarantee that you will earn a teaching license in your state. Teaching license criteria vary by state, please check with your state's department of education for further details.

Alabama residents notice

State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama teaching certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama's test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree and grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought, and for which Alabama issues a certificate. In addition, administration area certificate applicants in Alabama must document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). For the latest information on certification in the state of Alabama, please visit the Alabama Department of Education.

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