The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree targets current classroom teachers already in the workforce who desire professional advancement, as well as recent graduates seeking advanced knowledge and further academic preparation prior to entering the workforce. The program offers two areas of emphasis: Curriculum and Instruction (MECI) and English (MELA). The MECI emphasis is designed to increase the expertise of currently certified teachers. It will include twelve hours of core courses and 18 hours of content coursework relevant to all K-12 educators. Additionally, 18 hours of content coursework specific to English will be available, providing a Master of Education with an Emphasis in English (MELA). Candidates may select the emphasis area which will best fit their educational goals. The College of Communication, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is responsible for content specific course delivery, and the Curriculum and Instruction emphasis will be offered through the School of Education in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Current qualified graduate faculty serve as instructors for the courses. Four required core classes for the degree are offered in a hybrid format with required on-campus components. The remaining classes are to be offered online for maximum flexibility.
The Master of Education is based on the five-core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. These standards describe what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The M.Ed. program at UAFS provides candidates with a deep understanding of the expectations of a master teacher. The program focuses on the development of research based knowledge in the areas of theory, teaching strategies, research, and a broad knowledge base of various curricula. It is designed to strengthen the practice of current teachers.
Our mission is to unite professionals to ensure continuous learning and success. This master’s program will provide K12 educators with knowledge and skills needed to become master teachers in the classroom.