Admission Requirements

Master of Education

The Master of Education degree is offered in various curricular areas administered by each of the College's academic divisions: Administrative and Organizational Studies; Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies; Teacher Education; and Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations. Specific requirements associated with individual majors and areas of concentration are presented in the Divisional sections; generic degree requirements applicable to all Divisions are as follows:


Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

In general, eligibility for a state provisional teaching certificate is essential for admission. Additional prerequisites include a satisfactory background in the area of specialization and the completion of general undergraduate academic requirements appropriate to the degree for which admission is sought. A personal interview in the chosen major may be required.

Degree Requirements

The minimum requirement for a Master of Education degree is 30 credits, at least 24 of which must be taken at the University. Many programs in the College of Education require more than the minimum, in which case those requirements take precedence. The Master of Education is offered under the following options:

Plan A

  • Requires a minimum of 22 credits in course work, plus 8 credits for the terminal seminar and thesis.

Plan B

  • Requires a minimum of 27 credits in course work, plus 3 credits for the terminal seminar and essay.

Plan C

  • Requires a minimum of 27 credits in course work, plus 3 credits for the terminal seminar and project.

The course work for the Master of Education degree is divided into three areas:

  • Major Requirements
  • General Professional Requirements (core courses)
  • Electives

Major Requirements consist of a minimum of 8 credits in the specialization selected by the student in addition to the terminal seminar and thesis, essay, or project. Specific course requirements for the various majors are presented in the Divisional sections.

General Professional Requirements (Core Courses)

General Professional Requirements consist of credits selected from educational foundation courses. The student must complete one 2 credit course from each of three areas chosen from those listed below. Courses within a student's major area cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

EDA 7600 Educational Administration
EDP 5450 5480 7350 (Select only one) Educational Psychology
EDS 7630 Educational Sociology
EER 7610 Evaluation and Research
CED 6700 Counseling
EHP 7600 History and Philosophy of Education
SED 7050 Special Education


Electives are those courses recommended outside the major and general professional sequences. A minimum of 6 credits is recommended in this area. The purpose of elective courses is to provide breadth to the student's program.

See the individual programs in the following Divisional sections of this bulletin for specific courses required by certain program areas in the major, the general professional sequence, or the elective sections of Plans of Work.

Plan of Work

After consultation with the adviser, the master's applicant prepares a Plan of Work for the program, setting forth the courses that will satisfy the requirements for the degree.


This status is established upon completion by the master's applicant of 9 credits toward degree requirements, and after filing an approved Plan of Work with Academic Services in the College of Education, Graduate Office, 489 Education Building. The Plan of Work must be filed prior to or during the term in which the applicant completes 12 graduate credits toward the degree. Failure to file a Plan of Work will preclude further registration for courses.

Time Limitations

Requirements for the Master of Education must be completed within 6 years after completion of the first course to be applied toward the degree.