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The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 30 credits. The cohort program has a 24-credit core curriculum; remaining credits are electives. The sequence of the core courses is designed so courses build and rely on each other in a way that integrates content from one semester to the next. The research component of the program will build through the program, and will be structured to help cohort members complete their required final project by the end of enrollment. Specific products at the end of each term will lead to completed research .

Students may enroll in a two year program with a traditional fall semester start.  For those enrolling in the Fall, and who are committed to a two year program, the research sequence in the following table.

Sample Schedule

Semester 1
(Fall)
Select your topic and complete a "mini" literature review - 
Educ 7001, Introduction to Graduate Study (2cr)
Educ 7008, Foundations of Teaching and Learning: Curriculum Theory and Design (3cr) 
Semester 2
(Spring)
Write the question to be researched and complete the literature review - 
Educ 7004, Educational Action Research and Inquiry (4cr)
Educ 7002, Human Diversity and Exceptionality (3cr)
Semester 3
(Fall)
Determine the research method and write a proposal and submit IRB application -
Educ 7009, Assessment of Student Learning (3cr)
Educ 7011, Integrated Research in Practice (3cr)
Semester 4
(Spring)
Gather data, analyze and complete the research thesis - 
Educ 7006, Ethics and Professionalism in Education (2cr)
Educ 5990, Research Project (1cr)
Educ 7016 Qualitative Research (3cr) OR Educ 7818 Quantitative Research (3cr) Note: these courses are designed for research assistance, and do not have additional coursework.
Semester 5Elective Credits (6cr)
Note: These credits can be moved to any semester, including summer, or taken as an additional 5th semester.

Elective Courses

The Masters of Education program requires students to register for 6 elective credits over the course of their program. Elective courses support individual goal statements of the applicant and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.  These credits must be taken for Graduate Credit and courses must be at a 5000 level or higher.  The Education Department offers courses at the 5000 level under the following prefixes: EDUC, EDAD, OJED, SPED, UECH, and EDSE.  Elective credits should be related to the final project topic. Electives can be taken during any summer, fall, or spring term, dependent on availability and student schedule. All policies relating to degree requirements are detailed in the Student Handbook.  

If a student has taken a course for Graduate Credit outside of the University of Minnesota system, credits can be transferred in to satisfy the elective credit requirements.  Check with the Education Department for further guidelines.