Master of Education
The primary purpose of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is to enable students to achieve a high level of competence in fulfilling various professional roles in education and allied fields. Students may major in the following fields: Classroom Technology, Curriculum and Teaching, Educational Leadership (EDL), Kinesiology (HMSLS), Learning Design, Leisure and Tourism (HMSLS), Reading, School Counseling, Special Education, Sport Administration (HMSLS), Teacher Education, and Workforce Education and Development. Specific admission procedures and degree requirements are outlined in the major field descriptions. To locate major field descriptions, consult Graduate Programs Offered section of this catalog.
Two plans are offered for the Master of Education degree:
Candidates under Plan I must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, which may include three courses in related disciplines. These 30 hours must include an approved major of 15 to 21 semester hours and a formal thesis experience. Students must pass a final written and/or oral examination on the thesis.
Candidates under Plan II must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit, which may include three courses in related disciplines. Students must present an approved major of 15 to 21 semester hours. An approved course in research methodology is also required.
Candidates must pass a final written comprehensive examination covering studies included in the major no later than two weeks before the awarding of the degree, or, in some programs, a research paper or project. The examination may be taken when students have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and have nearly completed all course work in the major.
Students who fail the comprehensive examination may, upon recommendation of the graduate committee and the approval of the dean designate of the Graduate College, be granted permission to take a second examination. Upon failing a second examination, the student is dropped from the Graduate College.
Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies degree candidates must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit, including a major project.