What Courses Will I take in a Master of Education Program?

Posted: February 10, 2021 | Author: Fidele Koffi | Read Time: 4 minutes

Masters of education coursesMaster of Education programs are common throughout the entire world and tend to be a popular program at many universities. Master’s degrees in education vary in length, requirement, and emphasis from one country to another, and even one university to the next. The central goals of these programs are to prepare educators (graduate students) for teaching in this day and age, training them on leadership skills, and providing opportunities for research and development. Courses and emphases vary from one institution to another, but here we discuss the four options that Southern Utah University provides for students in the Master of Education program.

Master of Education Emphases Offered at SUU

SUU offers three different emphases for students to choose from, as well as the General Master of Education. Each emphasis contains core requirements which are required courses that every student complete in order to graduate; elective requirements are a list of courses that the student has the option to select from to reach a minimum number of credit hours; and a capstone project, which is a summary and application of all that the student has learned throughout the course of their graduate program.

General Master of Education

The purpose of the Master of Education program itself is to offer a specialization to professionals and to train future researchers in the field of education. In order to achieve this goal for professionals and future researchers in the field, the Master of Education program offers three main requirements with 33 credits hours, which are organized as follow:

Core requirements (15 credits)

  • EDUC 6000 - Principles of Practitioner Research
  • EDUC 6010 - 21st Century Learning SpacesEDUC 6410 - Curriculum and Philosophical Foundations
  • EDUC 6740 - School Law
  • EDUC 6910 - 21st Century Master Teacher
Capstone requirements (6 credits)
  • EDUC 6650 - Practitioner Research l
  • EDUC 6933 - Practitioner Research ll
Elective Credits (12 credits)

Educational Foundations and Policy Emphasis (EFP)

Focused on theory & pedagogy, EFP offers graduate students the possibility to learn, better understand, and apply the notion of educational policy. SUU provides this emphasis option to all students who are interested in learning more about policy in education. EFP courses follow the same schema as General Master of Education aside from the elective courses.

Core requirements (15 credits)

  • EDUC 6000 - Principles of Practitioner Research
  • EDUC 6010 - 21st Century Learning Spaces
  • EDUC 6410 - Curriculum and Philosophical Foundations
  • EDUC 6740 - School Law
  • EDUC 6910 - 21st Century Master Teacher

Capstone Requirements (6 credits)

  • EDUC 6650 - Practitioner Research l
  • EDUC 6933 - Practitioner Research ll

Elective requirements (12 credits)

  • EDUC 6600 - Sociology of Education
  • EDUC 6610 - Educational Policy and Politics
  • EDUC 6620 - Critical Pedagogy
  • EDUC 6630 - Democracy and Education
  • EDUC 6640 - Comparative Education
Special Education Emphasis

The Special Education Emphasis gives graduate students the opportunity to both earn a license in special education, while they are pursuing their master's of education. The emphasis combines nine credits of core requirements.

Core requirements (9 credits)

  • EDUC 6010 - 21st Century Learning Spaces
  • EDUC 6410 - Curriculum and Philosophical Foundations
  • EDUC 6910 - 21st Century Master Teacher

Capstone requirements (6 credits)

  • EDUC 6650 - Practitioner Research l
  • EDUC 6933 - Practitioner Research ll
Elective requirements (18 credits)

  • SPED 6100 - Programming and Management
  • SPED 6110 - History and Law
  • SPED 6120 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Management
  • SPED 6130 - Curriculum Strategies
  • SPED 6145 - Transition and Collaboration
  • SPED 6160 - Assessment for Learning and Data Driven Decisions
Administrative/Supervisory License

The Administrative/Supervisory License gives students the opportunity to earn state licensure in educational administration / supervisory leadership. Compared to the previous education emphases, Administration/Supervisory License offers 30 credits hours of core requirements and 6 credits hours of capstone courses.

  • EDUC 6540 - Organization of American Schools
  • EDUC 6920 - Ethics and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 6000 - Principles of Practitioner Research
  • EDUC 6930 - Leadership Internship Portfolio Proposal
  • EDUC 6940 - Leadership Internship Portfolio Capstone Project
  • EDUC 6500 - School Finance
  • EDUC 6740 - School Law
  • EDUC 6560 - Diversity and Social Justice in Education
  • EDUC 6080 - Leadership and the School Principal
  • EDUC 6100 - Practices of Instructional Supervision
  • EDUC 6898 - Admin/Supervisory Capstone - Elementary Internship
  • EDUC 6899 - Admin/Supervisory Capstone - Secondary Internship

As illustrated above, each emphasis offers a variety of diverse courses that equip educators with the resources, knowledge, and abilities to help their students find success in the classroom. 


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