2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators 33 credits

This program gives participants the opportunity to design an advanced level degree tailored to their personal and professional goals. With 27 credits of online and/or on-campus electives, the student can design an area of concentration, an interdisciplinary plan, or complete an endorsement or second license program. The last two courses of 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 academic advisor 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.

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)*

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Allies and Advocates (12 credits)

Developing Literacy Expertise through Responsive Classroom Teaching (K-8) (18 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.