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Masters of Education

MEd in Elementary Education
The Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) program is designed for persons who desire to engage in graduate studies that will help them improve their competencies as educators.  The Plan C M.Ed. degree program is the most pursued degree option and is available for students both on and off campus.  The basic elements of the Plan C option include completion of 36 credits (21 required credits plus 15 electives) of approved graduate courses and completion of an Exit Paper and an Oral Review.  The Plan B M.Ed. degree is  a research-oriented degree, and focuses on improving the instructional skills of the candidate. The program requires a minimum of 36 credits in a pre-planned program.  A thesis is not required, but all candidates must complete a project.  For candidates whose long-range goals include the possibility of pursuing a doctorate, the MS (Plan A) thesis program provides an excellent opportunity to acquire research skills. The MS program (Plan A) can be completed on the Logan campus only.

MEd in Secondary Education
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is designed for persons who desire to improve their competencies as educators. It provides teachers with opportunities to acquire additional knowledge in professional education and in their teaching specialties. The program requires a minimum of 36 semester credits of coursework.

For those educators whose long-range plans include a career of excellence in professional classroom teaching, the Master of Education degree with a specialization in secondary education offers courses dealing with topics of practical interest. Direct classroom application is the major focus of courses in classroom management, curriculum development, and advanced teaching methods. The M.Ed. program is organized so that each student takes a foundation of core courses and a program of supporting coursework with an underlying purpose and clear rationale. Supporting courses are selected to improve knowledge in a subject specialty such as math, science, social studies, or English as well in areas such as music and art; also, endorsement courses may be included may be elected.

Each M.Ed. Plan B student is expected to develop a Master’s creative project or a portfolio related to his or her area of concentration and designed to achieve professional goals. At the conclusion of the program, the Master’s Project or Portfolio is central to the oral examination, which each student is required to pass before being awarded the Master of Education degree. The M.Ed. Plan C option consists of additional coursework in the area of concentration. At the conclusion of the program, each student must submit a final reflection paper followed by an exit interview with a faculty member.

Credit Restrictions

The following restrictions should be understood by all students who are taking master’s level courses who have not been admitted to a master’s degree program. Admitted students are also required to be aware of these credit restrictions.

  • No more than 12 semester graduate credits taken prior to acceptance into a graduate program (“non-matriculated credits”) may be counted toward the master's degree.
  • With prior approval, up to 12 credits may be transferred into a master’s degree from another institution.
  • A maximum of 8 USU workshop credits can be counted as part of a master’s degree. This includes TEPD courses.
  • 5000 level coursework from another institution cannot be counted toward the master’s degree.
  • P/F grades will be accepted only for seminars, special problems, interdisciplinary workshops, thesis research & continuing graduate advisement.
  • Coursework taken more than 8 years prior to the semester of graduation cannot be applied toward the master's degree.

Degree Completion and Commencement

Notify Denise Jensen ( at the beginning of the semester you plan to complete your degree. She will complete and submit a Completion of Requirements form to the School of Graduate Studies, which is required at the beginning of the semester that you plan to complete.

Final Exam

Each M.Ed. Plan B student is required to pass an oral exam to be taken at the end of his/her program. Typically, the exam is devoted to a presentation/discussion of the student's Master’s creative project or portfolio. Students must work closely with their master's degree advisor throughout the program to plan and carry out a creative project. If a student fails the oral exam, he/she may retake the exam once.

Letter of Completion (Plan B and Plan C)

It is the responsibility of the chairperson/advisor to see that a Letter of Completion is sent from the Department of Secondary Education to the School of Graduate Studies once a student has completed all requirements. Please check with the department secretary to see that the letter is sent for your program.


Graduation deadlines published by the Utah State University School of Graduate Studies are strictly enforced. Students should be certain to obtain a copy of these deadlines from the Graduate School for the year in which they intend to complete their degree, and plan their programs, projects, and oral examination accordingly.