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

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

Learning outcomes

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.

Request information

or contact:

Katherine Robertson, 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.

Kentucky residents notice

For K-12 teachers: Ecampus is not authorized by the state of Kentucky to offer this program at the present time.