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The online Master of Education program requires a minimum of 30 semester credits via four core courses and four electives. Our program offers the best of both worlds by providing students who live within traveling distance to our Manchester or Durham campus with the option of taking electives in face-to-face format. Learn more about online and face-to-face options here.

Graduates of the online MED will be prepared to:

  • Analyze and critique issues in education, including questions about why public education was created and how and why it has come under attack, competing schools of thought on the purpose of education, who decides what is taught in schools, and arguments for and against current policy reforms.
  • Critique and design educational research, using basic quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches, as well as exploratory investigations in schools and other real-life settings.
  • Apply learning theory to educational issues in both formal and informal learning contexts.
  • Inspire educational change in their organizations by using tools of inquiry and analysis to understand the complexities of teaching and learning across diverse disciplines and settings and envision creative and generative alternatives.

Online Core Education Courses (16 credits total)

4
credits

EDUC 882 - Introduction to Research Methods
Issues from a wide variety of perspectives on research are covered, including the formal procedures employed by experimental psychologists, qualitative perspectives, mixed methods research, as well as techniques used by researchers involved in exploratory investigations in schools and other real-life settings. The design and implementation of research studies is contextualized in current educational and social science issues.

4
credits

EDUC 958 - Analysis of Teaching and Learning
Examination of and reflection on the nature of teaching will serve as the basis for analysis. A variety of strategies for analysis of teaching will be explored and implemented. Student-initiated inquiry into specific aspects of teaching will provide practical application of course material.

4
credits

EDUC 959 - Issues in Education
Emphasizes the development of understandings, dispositions, and skills necessary to effectively participate in P-12 reform discussion and decision-making. The course focuses on foundational issues related to a) the legitimacy of public education, b) accountability-based national reform efforts, and c) the goals and content of school curricula.

4
credits

EDUC 884 - Educators as Researchers 
Addresses the twofold aim of (a) preparing educational practitioners to conduct systematic inquiry in their classrooms and/or schools and (b) introducing strategies and criteria for understanding, evaluating, and applying educational research. (This course must be taken toward the end of program.)

Online or On-Campus Electives (14-16 credits total)

Two of the four required electives in the online Master of Education program may be taken outside the Education Department, allowing students a greater selection of courses and more flexibility. The Education Department offers online electives representing several different areas of inquiry and practice, including but not limited to:

  • Educational Evaluation, Policy, & Management
  • Technology in Education
  • Legal Issues in Education
  • Issues in Educational Practice
  • STEM Education

Credit Transfer Policy: Once admitted, students can request transfer consideration for a maximum of two non-UNH courses. Transfer Credit Requests are evaluated by the Education faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Sample Schedule

All four of the online Master of Education core courses are delivered in an 8-week term, therefore core courses are condensed and move at a faster pace than traditional on-campus courses. Students have the freedom to take courses in any sequence with the exception of EDUC 884 - Educators as Researchers (taken toward the end of the program). Review our sample academic schedules below to see how our students may complete the program in as few as 14 months. NOTE: The following schedules are samples only. Once enrolled, students work with their advisor to develop a schedule that meets their needs based on current course offerings.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester

Year 1

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • EDUC 958, Analysis of Teaching and Learning

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • *EDUC 882, Introduction to Research Methods

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • EDUC 959, Issues in Education

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • Elective #1

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • Elective #2
  • Elective #3

Year 2

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • Elective #4

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • EDUC 884, Educators as Researchers
   
*Please note, EDUC 882 will be unavailable e-Term 2 2016. Alternative course progressions will be selected by the Program Academic Advisor. EDUC 882 will be next offered in e-Term 4 of 2017
  Spring Semester Summer Semester Fall Semester

Year 1

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • EDUC 959, Issues in Education

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • EDUC 882, Introduction to Research Methods

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • Elective #1                              

  • Elective #2

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • EDUC 958, Analysis of Teaching and Learning

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • Elective #3

Year 2

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • Elective #4

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • EDUC 884, Educators as Researchers

   
  Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester

Year 1

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • EDUC 959, Issues in Education
  • Elective #1

e-Term 1 (Aug - Oct)

  • EDUC 958, Analysis of Teaching and Learning

e-Term 2 (Oct - Dec)

  • *EDUC 882, Introduction to Research Methods

e-Term 3 (Jan - Mar)

  • Elective #2

e-Term 4 (Mar - May)

  • EDUC 884, Educators as Researchers

Year 2

e-Term 5 (May - Jul)

  • Elective #3
  • Elective #4
   
* Please note, EDUC 882 will be unavailable e-Term 2 2016. Alternative course progressions will be selected by the Program Academic Advisor. EDUC 882 will be next offered in e-Term 4 of 2017