Master of Education

Master of Education

(MEd degree)

Purpose

The Master of Education program is designed to fulfill the professional development needs of educators who specialize in different aspects of P-12 education and other educational related fields. There are four different specialties from which candidates can choose:
  • Reading (meets TSPC requirements for the Reading Specialist Endorsement along with passing the Reading Praxis exam)
  • English as a Second Language (meets TSPC requirements for the ESOL Endorsement along with passing the ESOL Praxis exam)
  • Educational Leadership (meets TSPC requirements for the Preliminary Administrative License along with passing the Educational Leadership Praxis exam)
  • Educational Technology

Career Outcomes for a Master of Education Student

  • P-12 Classroom teacher leader
  • Building/District leadership
  • Online teaching pioneer/settler with pedagogical expertise

Learning Outcomes

  • Dynamic student access to Professional Learning Networks
  • Strengthen professional identity of each teacher to include the habits of scholarship (use and evaluation of research, participation in research, evaluation of programs)
  • Evidence of strong learning and adherence to ethical foundations of teaching and leading

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MEd program must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in most recent 60 semester or 90 quarter hours (and an explanation if the grade point is below 3.0). In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Master of education application and application fee
  • One- to two-page essay as described in the application
  • One official transcript from all colleges or universities attended
  • Three references (forms provided in the application materials).

Applicants seeking to meet TSPC licensure or endorsement requirements upon completion of the program must also complete the following:

  • Verification of valid Oregon teaching license or the equivalent, such as an expired or out-of-state license, education degree, or documented and appropriate teacher experience (applicants to the program that do not have a teaching license should submit a letter of explanation as to how the program would meet their professional goals.)
  • Completed Teachers Standards and Practices Character Questionnaire

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be allowed in the Master of Education program on a case by case basis from accredited graduate schools. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

The 30 hours required for the Master of Education program consists of 15 hours of core courses and 15 hours of a selected specialization. The 15 hours of core courses must be taken from George Fox University. The core courses within the Master of Education program are delivered online.

All work leading to the Master of Education is regularly completed within a pre-determined semester cycle within a cohort model. Any extensions required must be approved by the MEd faculty. A leave of absence enables a student to be absent from the program for one year but after that time, students must reapply to the program, accepting responsibility for all changes made to the program. Length of program may vary from 4-7 semesters depending on start date.

Course Requirements

The Master of Education program is generally 4-7 semesters in length with 30 total semester hours of course work required for graduation. Of those 30 hours, 15 are in core education foundations courses, and 15 in a chosen area of specialization.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, students must complete the following requirements:

  • No later than completion of 10 semester hours, a degree-seeking student must complete the MEd degree application process.
  • Each degree-seeking student will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor who will assist the student in planning his or her proposed course of study.
  • The approved course of study must be completed to earn the degree for each specialization.
Licensure in Oregon and Other States

Upon completion of the MEd degree, students will be eligible for advanced teaching licenses in Oregon. (In some cases, additional professional tests may be required.) This MEd program may also allow students to meet the licensure or recertification requirements of other states as well. Non-Oregon students will need to check each particular state's licensing criteria before designing the MEd program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the MEd degree students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all core courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a core course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).

Curriculum Plan

Career Outcomes:
  • P-12 classroom teacher leader
  • A district technology leader
  • Online teaching pioneer/settler
Learning Outcomes:
  • Increased student access to technology
  • Digital instructional strategies and tools, such as blogs, webs, podcasts, feedback chanels, and other Web 2.0 tools, become the new norm in learning and assessment
  • A strong understanding of and adherence to ethical foundations of technology usage
Sequence of Study:
  • Each student will choose one of the strands listed below which most aligns with her/his professional goals. The course of study will then follow that selected strand.
Foundations Core (8 hours)
MEDU 510 Foundations of Educational Practice 2
MEDU 520 Curriculum and Assessment 3
MEDU 543 Ethical Perspectives in Educational Leadership 3
Research Core (7 hours)
MEDU 530 Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology 3
MEDU 540 Action Research I 2
MEDU 541 Action Research II 2


Specialization (15 hours-select one)

Reading

READ 530 History and Foundations of Literacy Learning 2
(must be taken in the first two semesters of the program)
READ 531 Analysis of Reading and Writing Assessment 2
READ 532 Advanced Strategies in Literacy Instruction 2
READ 534 Issues and Applications of Literacy Instruction 2
READ 538 Organization of Reading Programs 3
Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization Courses
READ 537 Emergent Literacy 2
READ 539 Early Childhood/Elementary Reading Practicum 2
Middle Level/High School Authorization Courses
READ 536 Reading and Writing in the Content Area 2
READ 541 Middle Level/High School Reading Practicum 2


English as a Second Language/Bilingual

ESOL 570 Applied English Linguistics: Oral and Literacy Focus 3
ESOL 571 Second Language Acquisition and Development 2
ESOL 572 Intercultural Communication in the ESOL/Bilingual Context
ESOL 573 Planning and Managing ESOL/Bilingual Curriculum and Instruction 3
ESOL 574 Assessing ESOL/Bilingual Student Learning and Language Proficiency 3
 
Students must select at least one of the following ESOL Practica:†
ESOL 578 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Early Childhood/Elementary 2
ESOL 579 ESOL/Bilingual Practicum - Middle/High School 2
†Students choose one or both of the practica depending on their interests. Enrollment in either practicum requires successful completion of ESOL 570, ESOL 571, ESOL 572, ESOL 573 and ESOL 574, and an application to the ESOL advisor the semester prior to the practicum. Current fingerprints and a PA-1 form are required for individuals not currently licensed and teaching in an Oregon public school.
 
Note:
  • Students can add the bilingual category to the ESOL Endorsement by showing competency in a second language approved by TSPC.


Educational Leadership

ADMN 540 Leadership in Education 3
ADMN 542 Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance 3
ADMN 544 Instructional Supervision 3
ADMN 546 Managing Instructional Budgets 1
ADMN 547 Portfolio Capstone 1
ADMN 548 Preliminary Administrative Practicum I 2
ADMN 549 Preliminary Administrative Practicum II 2


Educational Technology

Classroom Teacher/Leader
EDTC 580 Trends and Issues: Effective Strategies for Implementing Technology in the Classroom 2
EDTC 582 Teaching Using Technology in the P-12 Environment 3
EDTC 583 Foundations of Digital Curriculum Design 3
EDTC 587 Ethical Considerations for the Technology Educator 2
EDTC 624 Evaluation of Educational Technology 3
EDTC 630 Technology Teaching Practicum 2
District Technology Leader
EDTC 580 Trends and Issues: Effective Strategies for Implementing Technology in the Classroom 2
EDTC 582 Teaching Using Technology in the P-12 Environment 3
EDTC 583 Foundations of Digital Curriculum Design 3
EDTC 587 Ethical Considerations for the Technology Educator 2
EDTC 630 Technology Teaching Practicum 2
Students must choose one of the following courses:
EDTC 624 Evaluation of Educational Technology 3
EDTC 626 Implementing Technology in Educational Organizations 3
Online Teacher Leader
EDTC 580 Trends and Issues: Effective Strategies for Implementing Technology in the Classroom 2
EDTC 581 Tools for Success in Online Teaching 3
EDTC 583 Foundations of Digital Curriculum Design 3
EDTC 587 Ethical Considerations for the Technology Educator 2
EDTC 624 Evaluation of Educational Technology 3
EDTC 630 Technology Teaching Practicum 2

ADMN Course Descriptions
EDTC Course Descriptions
ESOL Course Descriptions
MEDU Course Descriptions
READ Course Descriptions