Curriculum and Instruction - MS, MEd, EdS

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The Master's of Education Degree (MEd) program is designed for persons who desire to engage in graduate studies that will help them improve their competencies as educators.

What You Will Learn

The MEd Coursework degree (Professional/Plan C) program is the most pursued degree option and is available for students both on and off campus. The MEd Project degree (Plan B) program is a research-oriented degree, and focuses on improving the instructional skills of the candidate. A thesis is not required, but all candidates must complete a project.

The Master's of Science degree (Plan A) is a research-oriented degree designed to prepare the candidate for further graduate study in a specialized area within the discipline. It requires a strong relationship with a major professor who will serve as an advisor and supervisor of the master's thesis, which consists of a major research supervised by an advisor and three-person faculty committee.

The EdS is a 36-42 credit post-masters degree designed to enable experienced educators to specialize and improve their professional competence in specific areas or fields. The EdS is especially appropriate for those individuals who wish preparation beyond the master's degree level, but who are not interested in doctoral work with its greater emphasis on developing proficiencies in conducting independent research.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

The EdS degree meets the advanced study needs of persons seeking leadership roles in public education, junior colleges, and small private and state colleges. The coursework requirements extend competencies for individuals serving in such positions as program developers, trainers, curriculum specialists, supervisors, instructional leaders, and college instructors.

The MEd degree expands the knowledge, skills and abilities related to teaching and learning of students in K-12 settings. A MEd degree can provide opportunities for instructional leadership roles within schools and districts. Also, several MEd degrees are related to state endorsements.

The MS degree is a research-oriented degree in a specialized area within the discipline. An MS degree can lead into a doctoral program. Also, an MS degree meets the needs for those seeking to teach at a junior colleges, and small private and state colleges.

Job Outlook



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Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher during most recent 60 semester hours
  • Provide curriculum vitae or resume
  • Provide letter of intent
  • Provide transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Additional Requirements for EdS:

Applicants must have a Masters's degree and two years of teaching experience. Generally, applicants have master's degrees in education-related fields, but the department will accept those with degrees in other fields in certain circumstances if applicants have teaching experience. Also, applicants must score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE.


Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis; however, rough admission deadlines are as follows:

  • Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Program Requirements

MEd and MS:

Master's of Education (MEd) students can choose either a project (Plan B) or coursework only (Plan C). For Plan B, students must complete a project after their coursework has been completed. For Plan C, students write an exit paper and conduct an exit interview with their advisor at the completion of their coursework. Master's of Science (MS) students will form a 3 member faculty committee, complete a research project, and write a thesis. Each MS student is required to pass an oral defense of the thesis at the end of his/her program.


Students must pass a comprehensive qualifying exam after their coursework is completed. They have the choice between a 72-hour take-home exam or an eight-hour exam on campus. Students will be tested on the subjects from their foundation courses, research methods, and concentration area.

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