Master of Education
The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) is designed for those who wish to prepare for careers as teachers, specialists, administrators, or supervisors in elementary or secondary schools. To be eligible for the degree, a student must meet the undergraduate requirements in Education, i.e., eighteen semester credits in Education, including student teaching, and must be offered admission to the degree program by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
The Master of Education degree is available for those doing major work either within or outside of the College of Education and Human Development. The areas of concentration available are: Educational Administration, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Reading Education. The degree is also available in the Mathematics Department.
Course Requirements. A minimum of 32 semester credits is required for the M.Ed. degree, of which at least one-half must be at or above the 500 level. No less than 12 credits, including 2 for the Independent Study Report (997), must be in a single field or an area of concentration (major). At least 6 credits must be in an area or cognate to the area of concentration. At least 6 credits must be in the Foundations of Education. A total of 16 credits may be taken off-campus.
Residence Requirement. Students should contact the program or the School of Graduate Studies for current residency requirements.
Transfer of Credit. A maximum of eight graduate credits may be transferred from another institution.
Independent Study. The independent study is designed to enable the student independently to investigate a topic related to the major field of study. The study may be a presentation, analysis, or discussion of information and ideas already in the literature of the field. The requirement is designed to ensure that a student can investigate a topic and organize and present a scholarly report on the investigation.
The topic for an independent study must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. The independent study proposal must be approved no later than the semester prior to the one in which the student expects to graduate, and must be filed in the School of Graduate Studies before a student is advanced to candidacy for a master’s degree. The student must prepare and secure the advisor’s approval of an independent study report. Three copies of the report (one each for the student, the advisor, and the department) must be accepted by the advisor who will certify completion of the report to the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified in the Academic Calendar and submit a grade for 997-Independent study to the Office of the Registrar.
Candidacy for the Degree. To become a candidate for the Master of Education degree the following requirements must be met in approximately the following sequence:
- Completion of 12 graduate credits at UND.
- A GPA of at least 3.00 for all work attempted.
- Appointment of an advisor from the major department. The advisor, who must be a member of the Graduate Faculty, will be appointed by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the chairperson of the student’s major department. The form for advisor appointment is available on the School of Graduate Studies website. The advisor is responsible to the department and the School of Graduate Studies for the supervision of the student’s work.
- Approval of a Program of Study on a form available from the School of Graduate Studies website. The Program of Study should be prepared in consultation with the advisor early in the second semester, and must bear the signature of the student, the advisor, and the Graduate Program Director and must be submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for approval by the designated deadline.
- Approval of a topic for the independent study by having the advisor sign the Topic Proposal of Independent Study form and submitting the Proposal to the School of Graduate Studies for the Dean’s signature.
The student and the advisor will be notified in writing of the advancement to candidacy. Students must complete all requirements for advancement to candidacy prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate.
Final Examinations. Candidates for the Master of Education degree must pass written final comprehensive examinations which must cover the major field but may, at the advisor’s discretion, draw upon or cover the supporting areas. Candidates may not take the final comprehensive examination(s) unless they have been advanced to candidacy for the degree, and are in satisfactory academic standing.
The appropriate comprehensive examination(s) will be arranged for by the advisor and given by the department no earlier than the semester preceding the semester in which the candidate intends to graduate. Such examinations generally will be given and evaluated by the major department. The results of the final examination will be certified to the School of Graduate Studies by the advisor and the department chairperson by submitting the Final Report on Candidate form by the deadline specified in the Academic Calendar. Comprehensive examinations which are failed may be repeated only with the prior approval of the advisor, the department, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, but in no event earlier than at the next regularly scheduled offering.