Master of Education
Master of Education
PurposeThe 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
- 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
- P-12 classroom teacher leader
- A district technology leader
- Online teaching pioneer/settler
- 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.