Online Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Southern Utah University's Masters of Education is an online program open to all individuals who are currently in a teaching capacity. Prospective students can enroll in the program in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, and required coursework can be completed in as few as three semesters. This program is synchronous (not self-paced). 

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Program Overview

This program is for anyone seeking to enhance their professional teaching skills. This includes individuals working in preK-12, adult education, community education, professional (e.g., nursing) education, and similar settings.
Candidates will study historical, philosophical, and political underpinnings of education, and examine the characteristics of highly effective teachers. Candidates will also plan and carry out a practitioner research study where they work. The M.Ed. includes 12 credits of elective coursework which allows for an emphasis of your choice.

Core Requirements (12 Credits)

EDUC 6740 - School Law 3 Credits


EDUC 6915 - Becoming a 21st Century Master Teacher 3 Credits

In the 21st Century, schools are tasked with offering students a holistic education that emphasizes life skills such as communication, cross-cultural collaboration, and critical thinking. This course provides teachers and administrators with opportunities to ponder, reflect and improve upon their professional practice and the learning environments they create for students. The implications of these changes for curriculum and instruction will help educators develop the skills and concepts necessary to provide just and equitable 21st century schooling for all students.

EDUC 6620 - Critical Pedagogy 3 Credits

This course examines key concepts and principles of critical theory, critical pedagogy, and social justice education. Different pedagogical models will be studied in order to examine and evaluate socialized ideas of what teachers are and how teaching should be conducted.

EDUC 6410 - Social Foundations of Education 3 Credits

History and philosophical foundations of curriculum and teaching in American schools emphasizing cultural influences and concepts shaping education in today’s society.

These classes are offered in 7 week sessions.

Elective Requirements (12 Credits)

Select 12 credits of electives (may be taken from graduate-level endorsement courses or from other SUU graduate programs with approval of the M.Ed. Program Director)

Capstone Requirements (9 Credits)

EDUC 6030 - Principles of Practitioner Research 3 Credits

The study of current psychological principles of teaching and learning as they apply to positivist and constructivist research paradigms. Principles and techniques for studying one’s professional practice. The use of educational measures for evaluation and planning processes.

EDUC 6650 - Practitioner Research I 3 Credits

This course builds upon the practitioner research proposal begun in EDUC 6030 - Principles of Practitioner Research by applying action research tools to classroom study. Candidates finalize research questions, conduct a literature review, determine their research methodology, and obtain IRB approval.

EDUC 6933 - Practitioner Research II 3 Credits

Student completes and presents a Practitioner Research Thesis based upon a previously selected topic and question. Advisor approval required and advisor will complete registration.

These courses are full semester classes.


  1. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, including evidence of an earned bachelor's degree. If the degree was from SUU, a copy of the transcript is not required. Official transcripts must bear the institution's seal, registrar's signature, and (chose one):
    • Mailed directly from the granting institution in a sealed envelope.
    • Mailed by the applicant in an envelope with sealed envelope from the granting institution (the institution envelope may not be opened or tampered with).
    • Hand delivered in the granting institution's sealed envelope without being opened or tampered with.
    • Submitted electronically from Utah institutions using Clearinghouse or Parchment
    • PLEASE NOTE: Faxed or copies of transcripts are NOT accepted
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher calculated off the last 60 semester hours of course work.
  3. Participation in or viewing of the program orientation.

M.Ed. Handbook

Electives and Transfer Credits

In accordance with SUU credit transfer policies, in some situations graduate level coursework earned towards a post-baccalaureate teaching endorsement may be used as elective credit towards the M.Ed.

Twelve credits of a completed 5000-level UT teaching endorsement may be considered for electives in the Master’s program. SUU administers, through its partners, the following endorsements:

  • ESL
  • Educational Technology
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Math
  • Reading & Literacy
  • Library Media (in partnership with the SUU Library)
  • STEM
  • Early Childhood
Please contact our K12 Director,, for more information on available endorsements. UEN administers other endorsements that may be considered. Please contact the graduate Program Specialist for more information.