Program Requirements

Degree requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 33 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.

  1. Students must complete the four courses listed in the Professional Learning Community section of the degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.50.  No more than 16 hours of 600-level coursework may be applied to the degree program.
  2. Comprehensive Examination.  A comprehensive written or oral examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.
  3. Research.  Completion of EDC 704, Teaching and Learning V: Research Seminar, which will require a presentation of a professional dossier and either an extensive paper or major creative work.
  4. Transfer credit.  A maximum of 30% of the 33 hours of graduate credit may be accepted toward the master's degree.  Please note one exception to the transfer credit rule:  no transfer credits are accepted for the first four core courses.
  5. All transfer credit must be "A" or "B" grade status from an accredited college or university and must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

Course Requirements   33 hours

Courses may count only once in meeting the 33 hours program course requirements.

Required Professional Learning Community Courses - 18 hours (No transfer courses allowed)
First Year (On-Site, cohort based)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDC 700 Teaching and Learning I:  Current Issues & Trends in Education 5 hrs
EDC 701 Teaching and Learning II:  Diversity, Curriculum & Research 5 hrs
Second Year (On-Site, cohort based)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDC 702 Teaching and Learning III:  Management & Assessment of Learning 5 hrs
EDC 703 Teaching and Learning IV:  Curriculum Development 3 hrs


Additional Required Course - 3 hrs
Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDC 704 Teaching and Learning V;  Research Seminar 3 hrs
Emphasis/Elective Area - 12 hours

Students will choose an Emphasis Area or series of elective courses.  The following Emphasis Areas are proposed pending program area participation:

Secondary Education:  Candidate's area of certification/teaching.
Educational Technology:  Choose from among EDT 630, 650, 662, 763, 764, 765.
Literacy:  Choose from among RDG 640, 660, 673, 680, 685, 700, 710, 740, 770.
Elementary Education:  to be determined.
Early Childhood and Family Education:  to be determined.
Educational Leadership:  to be determined.
Special Education:  to be determined.
Counseling:  to be determined.
Middle School Education:  to be determined.
Educational Research:  to be determined.
Educational Foundations:  Choose from among SEC 701, SFR 676, 682, 750, 753, 791. 796, 858. 

Other electives may be added at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.