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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)


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.


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.


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.


EDUC 884 - Educators as Researchers 
With the guidance and support of the instructor, program participants will select an issue in education to explore in detail.  They will articulate question(s) for inquiry, conduct a literature review related to their question(s), design and undertake their research study, and report their findings. Program participants will present their work within the context of the course.  This course should be taken towards the end of your studies. 

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.