2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators 33 credits

The M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators is a 33-credit course of study that gives participants the opportunity to design an advanced level degree tailored to their personal and professional goals.

With 27 credits of electives, the student can design an area of concentration, an interdisciplinary plan, or complete an endorsement or second license program. Courses may be taken completely online, or at Lesley's Cambridge campus. EEDUC 6126 and EEDUC 6127, which is taken as the final course in the program, are two research courses designed to help students consolidate their coursework and develop an action research study.

Each student will work with an assistant director for academic advising or faculty advisor to develop a degree study plan by the end of the first semester of study. The plan will be used as a flexible contract and road map toward degree completion. In addition, it will document progress toward completion of an endorsement, add-on license, or another interdisciplinary course of study that meets a more individualized professional goal. Students may also design independent study courses, in consultation with their faculty advisor, to complement their study plan.

For Washington Students: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Core Courses (6 credits):

EEDUC 6126Classroom and School Inquiry


EEDUC 6127Action Research and Seminar


EEDUC 6127: taken as final course in the program

Elective Courses (27 credits):

Options for earning elective credits include the following:

  • Choose any combination of graduate level courses from across the university, many of which are online.
  • Complete one of the certificate programs below in its entirety. With this option, the student's transcript will reflect a specialization in the chosen area, and the credits earned can be applied to the elective requirement. Additional courses must be completed as needed to total 27 credits.

Mathematics Education (18 credits)*

Science in Education (15 credits)*

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (18 credits)*

Special Education (24 credits)*

Online Teaching (15 credits)

Navigating Our Digital World (15 credits)

Emerging Technologies (15 credits)

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Allies and Advocates (12 credits)

Literacy for the Classroom Teacher (K-8) (15 credits)

*Program completion leads to endorsement in multiple states. It is the student's responsibility to know and monitor state requirements and regulations for the endorsement or second license.