Master of Education
Description of Program
The MEd program is designed for students focused on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for advance practice and leadership roles within diverse fields such as PK-12 education, higher education, and adult learning environments. In this program, you will critically analyze a broad range of theories, trends, practices, and knowledge specific to your areas of interest represented in a distinct specialization. Your specialization prepares you for making informed, ethical decisions and improvements to current educational, organizational, and societal issues.
- Examine educational issues to make informed, ethical decisions and recommendations in diverse instructional and organizational settings
- Apply professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups
- Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments
- Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices
- Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues
Basis for Admissions
Admission to an NCU master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
The Master of Education (MEd) requires 30 credit hours for degree completion. Students who are considering any degree program are strongly encouraged to check specific state requirements carefully to be sure any degree program they consider will be accepted for purposes of certification or recertification, promotion, or advancement on school district salary schedules.
The MEd program includes 15 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 12 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Specialization courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program. Students end the program with a 3 credit-hour capstone course.
The MEd degree program has the following graduation requirements:
- A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through NCU
- Successful completion of any PK-12 core course signature assignments with a “B” or better
- Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University
The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Education for graduate course work completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.
Time to Completion
NCU allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master’s programs.
Normal time to completion for this program is 27 months.
Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.
The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 15 months.
Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limits are dismissed. If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances they may document the circumstances and send a request for consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to the policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.
Additional MEd Information
MEd Course Sequence 2
For Athletic Coaching (AC), Curriculum and Teaching (CT), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Educational Leadership (EDL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Instructional Leadership (IL), Reading Education (RDG), Special Education (SE), and Sport and Athletic Management (SM), a typical Course Sequence would be:
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialization
This program is tailored for Master’s degree students who desire to model, coach, and guide young children through the first years of life when social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development occur. Skilled educators create an environment that serves as a foundation for a Child’s health and well-being. In this specialization, educators will learn to assess educational potential, create instructional programs, direct and coordinate learning activities, and manage early childhood classrooms.
Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours
Select 4 courses from the following: