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Curriculum and Instruction: MEd, MS, EdS

Curriculum and Instruction

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. 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.

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.

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.

Admission Deadlines

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.

Kimberly Lott, PhD, Auburn University
Associate Professor
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Science education
Office: EBLS 241
Phone: (435) 797-1103

Anne Mackiewicz, PhD, Utah State University
Clinical Assistant professor
Area: Early Childhood, Children and nature, Elementary Education
Office: WIB 123
Phone: (435) 613-5206

Beth MacDonald, PhD, Virginia Tech
Associate Professor
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Early Childhood Mathematics Education; Student Cognition and Learning
Office: EDUC 331
Phone: (435) 797-1097

Sarah Braden, PhD, University of Utah
Assistant Professor
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Language Education, Ethnography, Discourse Analysis
Office: EDUC 339
Phone: (435) 797- 4142

Scott Hunsaker, PhD, University of Virginia
Associate Professor
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Gifted and Talented Education, Advanced Readers
Office: EDUC 382
Phone: (435) 797-0386

Cindy D'On Jones, PhD, Utah State University
Professor and Interim Department Head, Director, USU Literacy Clinic
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Literacy Instruction & Intervention; Relationship of Reading, Writing, and Discourse
Office: EDUC 385
Phone: (435) 797-7027

Max Longhurst, PhD, Utah State University
Professional Practice Assistant Professor
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Teacher Professional Learning, Science Education, Appropriation of Professional Learning
Office: EBLS 239
Phone: (435) 797-7093

Steven Camicia, PhD, University of Washington
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Democratic Education, LGBTQ-Inclusive Education, Global Education
Office: EDUC 390
Phone: (801) 518-3193


Ryan Knowles, PhD, University of Missouri
Assistant Professor
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Area: Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Quantitative Research
Office: EDUC 335
Phone: (573) 514-5134

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Education Research Association: AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science. 

Labs, Centers, Research

Edith Bowen Laboratory School: EBLS is one of Utah’s charter schools, offering services to more than 300 students grades K-5. The school, in cooperation with Utah State University, trains more than 200 pre-service teachers preparing to become professional educators, as well as supporting several other departments/colleges on campus, including special education, physical education, music, psychology, and business. Because the school is funded through state funds and donations, no tuition is charged to students.

InTech Collegiate High School: InTech Collegiate High School is a public charter high school located on USU’s Innovation Campus. The school focuses on math, science, and engineering and seeks to provide academic opportunities to all students, particularly at-risk and minority students. InTech maintains its student body size below 300, and its average class size below 25.



Academic Advising

Kimberly Lott
Associate Professor
Office: EBLS 241
Phone: (435) 797-1103

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