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Master of Education

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) or Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult). Candidates must be employed in a K-12 public school system in order to be accepted into the M. Ed. Program.

Additionally, teachers who already hold a master’s degree may complete certificate programs in Educational Leadership (PreK-Adult) or Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult) Note: certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid

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 M.Ed. Policy, Procedures & Clinical Experience Handbook.

*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 masters degree from an accredited institution and teacher certification/licensure may complete a certificate program in Multi-Categorical Special Education, Reading Specialist, or Educational Leadership and Supervision.


All Master of Education candidates fill out the admission application.  Admission is based on a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, grade point average, 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, disposition assessment and letters of recommendation. For acceptance into the Master of Education Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Application for Admission, and submit it with a $30.00 fee.
  • 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 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.
  • Completion of an Educational Leadership Disposition Assessment (EDLDA) by an M.Ed. Program faculty member during the first semester of coursework. Faculty member will be assigned by the Department of Education Gradute Studies Office. All M.Ed. Program candidates must have an EDLDA completed, this includes the Educational Leadership & Supervisoion, Reading Specialist,, Special Education, and certificate only programs. 
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 M.Ed. 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.

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.
Clinical Experiences & Internships
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.

Early field-based experiences & internships are included in most MED Program courses. Early field experiences vary in the number of hours required, and assessments that must be completed. Accepted candidates must be employed in a K-12 public school system in order to complete the required clinical experience hours. 

Students must submit placement request or placement verification forms at the beginning of each semester in order to be assigned a field placement. Students must also complete all required hours and assessments by the end of each semester. Each student will be assigned a mentor which will serve as a guide throughout their early field experience. All MED candidates are required to purchase LiveText Field Experience Module in order to successfully complete all evaluations, assessments and time-logs associated with their Early Field Experience.

MED courses with field experiences include: 

Course Number of Hours
EDEL 500 Public School Administration 20 hours in an elementary school
EDEL 550 Action Research/Internship I 107 on-site internship
EDEL 560 Action Research/Internship II 108 on-site internship
EDEL 570 Organize and Manage Public School 20 hours in a high school
EDEL 580 School Law 20 hours in a K-12 setting
EDEL 590 School and Community 20 hours in a middle school
RDNG 570 Reading Practicum Summer Camp Internship
SPED 503 Legal & Historical Foundations of Special Education 25 in a SPED classroom
SPED 509 Advanced Strategies for the Inclusive Environment 25 in a SPED classroom
SPED 516 Methods for Teaching Students with Autism 25 in a SPED classroom
SPED 555 Advanced Strategies for Special Education 25 in a SPED classroom

NOTE: Course Descriptions, number of hours and early field experience description subject to change. Field Experiences hours for one course cannot be used to satisfy hours for another 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.
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