Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Overview

The Master of Education Programs are 36-hour programs specifically designed for licensed or license eligible teachers*. The M.Ed. programs are offered on-line and include 12 hours of professional education coursework and 24 hours of content specialization coursework in Educational Leadership and Supervision (PreK-Adult), Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult), or Special Education (K-6 or 5-Adult).  Additionally, teachers who already hold a master’s degree may complete certificate programs in Educational Leadership (PreK-Adult), Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult) or Special Education (K-6 or 5-Adult).  Teachers may also choose to enroll as non-degree seeking students and take graduate courses for re-certification, to provide greater specialization within one’s field, or to assist in professional advancement.  For more information please review the Policies and Procedures Handbook for Master of Education Program. To apply for admission to the M.Ed. program, click here.

For information about content specialization programs or certification only programs, select a Content Specialization below:

*Or with the consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. However, enrolling in graduate courses without an Education degree will not lead to initial or advanced certification.

** Candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and certification in a specific content area (as specified in WV Policy 5100) may pursue a multi-categorical endorsement by completing 21 hours of pedagogy.

** Candidates who hold a masters degree from an accredited institution and teacher certification/licensure may pursue a content specialization in multi-categorical education by completing the 21 hours of pedagogy.


Admission

All Master of Education candidates fill out the Graduate Application For Admission.   Admission is based on a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, the grade point average, the scores of required examinations, and other information found on the application form. 

An official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing your degree and the date on which it was granted must be mailed directly from your undergraduate college or university to the Office of Graduate Studies. Concord alumni do not need to submit a transcript; alumni transcripts are located in the registrar’s office. However, if you have attended more than one college or university, an official transcript must be sent from that institution to the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. A hand delivered transcript is not acceptable.

Decisions on applications for admission to the M.Ed. program shall be based upon a careful consideration of the applicant’s total record including GPA, Graduate Record Examination 5 (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, disposition assessment and letters of recommendation. For acceptance into the Master of Education Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Be licensed or license eligible to teach. A copy of professional licensure must be attached to the application.
  • Provide official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores*.
  • Provide official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate classes (with the exception of Concord University).
  • Provide 2 letters recommending admission into the program. One letter must be submitted by an individual who has supervised, evaluated, or observed the candidate in the classroom setting.
  • Submit a completed Grit Scale**. This is a self-assessment that has no “right” or “wrong” answers that will assess a candidates’ “promise for teaching” .  Please respond to each item as honestly as possible.
  • Complete the Application for Admission (Word document), and submit it with a $30.00 fee.

*GRE or MAT scores should reflect the 50th percentile or above.  Sub-scores will be reviewed by the Graduate Council.  Individuals who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education are exempt from taking/submitting GRE/MAT scores.

**  "Grit Scale" Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007).  Grit:  Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101.


Conditional Acceptance

A candidate may apply to the advanced program and take nine (9) credit-hours of courses before full admission requirements to the program must be met. Permission from the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Graduate Council must also be obtained to be conditionally enrolled in nine hours of graduate courses; additionally, at least 50% or more of content area coursework must be completed to be conditionally admitted. Application and fee, and original transcripts are necessary for conditional acceptance. However, all requirements must be met before candidates will be fully admitted to the MAT program. Failure to complete all admission requirements after nine (9) hours of coursework may result in administrative withdrawal from the courses or credit may not be applied toward graduation in the degree program.

*Tuition fees are subject to change

**NOTE: Clinical Educator's Fee: $323 per credit hour for teachers employed in Bland, Giles, Tazewell Counties in Virginia and Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming Counties in West Virginia.


Clinical Experiences

To afford graduates with authentic classroom and administrative experiences, all candidates will be required to complete field placement hours and internships/practicums associated with M.Ed. coursework in each of the content specializations. All Master of Education candidates will be required to purchase LiveText in order to successfully complete all field placement and internship/practicum evaluations, assessments, and time-logs.


GPA  Requirements

Graduate candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better throughout the program. Candidates whose GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. In order to graduate from the M. Ed. Program an overall 3.0 GPA is required. Candidates who are placed on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the graduate program due to academic deficiency. In addition, candidates must earn the minimum grade of “C” to successfully complete a course.


Graduation Requirements

Graduate candidates must apply for graduation by downloading and submitting a Graduation Application. A graduation fee of $50 must be paid to the business office, and the graduation gown is to be ordered at the Concord University bookstore. Once the business office and bookstore have signed the application for graduation, it is to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. A graduation audit will then be completed to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met. Graduation requirements include completion of the 36 hour program with a 3.0 GPA within five years.