Educational Studies (M.Ed.)

Educational Studies (M.Ed.)

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Our online Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Studies is a flexible program designed for teachers and other professionals working in educational settings who wish to increase their earning potential, improve their educational practice and positively impact public and private schools at all levels.

Credit Hours: 30-32   |   Program Length: 10-20 months

Why get a Master of Education degree in educational studies? 

The M.Ed. in educational studies is designed for educators who wish to expand their knowledge, improve their educational practice and positively impact public and private schools. It also provides a foundation for education in a variety of settings, including business, educational and research centers, and national and state agencies. You’ll analyze current teaching, learning and mentoring methods; examine issues such as school reform; and undertake an in-depth research project. Whether you’re interested in educational practice, STEM learning, policy and management, or legal issues, you’ll expand your career options and bring positive change to the education system.  

Why choose UNH for your education degree? 

The educational studies program is intentionally flexible, allowing you to further your education while maintaining your job and juggling the demands of family and everyday life. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know your professors and fellow students, and you’ll have the opportunity to study exclusively online or take elective courses on campus. Online courses are offered asynchronously, meaning you may complete readings and assignments on your own time. You’ll be connected with a full-time faculty advisor who will help you develop a manageable academic schedule. Start your program in January, May or August! 

Potential career areas 

  • Academic counseling
  • Admissions counseling
  • Business training management 
  • Charter school directorship 
  • Education consultation 
  • Education lobbying 
  • Education policy development 
  • Instructional coordination 
  • Research

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Studies is a master’s degree program that can be completed fully or partially online. It is designed for educators who wish to expand their knowledge of education, improve their educational practice, and positively impact public and private schools. The M.Ed. is also intended to provide a foundation in educational studies for individuals broadly interested in education in a variety of settings, including business, educational and research centers, and national and state agencies. The program provides a context in which participants can develop tools of inquiry to investigate questions about teaching, mentoring, learning and school reform, and to inspire others to work toward educational change. This program does not lead to a teaching or administrative credential.

The 30 – 32 credit program is structured around a knowledge and application core (12 credits) that includes a course on contemporary issues in education, a course on the analysis of teaching, mentoring and learning, and a course on educational research methods. Program participants will also complete four electives (14 ­ - 16 credits), designed to provide depth or breadth to their course of study. Finally, program participants will complete an inquiry project course in which they develop a literature review on an educational issue of their choice, conduct research, and present their findings in the context of the course (4 credits). The program includes flexible options for study, including a fully online option.

Applying

Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the program.

Core Required Courses
EDUC 959Issues in Education4
EDUC 958Analysis of Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 882Introduction to Research Methods4
Elective Courses
Select a set of four elective courses 114-16
Concluding Experience Course
EDUC 884Educators as Researchers4
Total Credits30-32
  • Students will learn how to analyze and critique issues in education.
  • Students will apply learning theory to educational issues in both formal and informal learning contexts.
  • Students will learn to critique and design educational research.
  • Students will gain expertise in one or more substantive areas of inquiry in educational research, policy, and/or practice.

Deadlines

  • Fall:  June 15
  • Spring:  December 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special: Applications accepted on a rolling basis between September-May, with priority consideration for applicants who submit application and supplemental materials by deadlines

Application fee: $65

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

In no more than two pages, describe the reasons you wish to pursue the degree program you have chosen, including relevant personal qualities and life experiences that have shaped your beliefs about learning, development and teaching, counseling, or administration (depending on the program to which you are applying).

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Questions

For program-specific application questions, please contact Elyse Hambacher, M.Ed. Program Coordinator at elyse.hambacher@unh.edu or 603-862-5264.

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Tuition & Fees:

Tuition for 2021-22 Academic Year*:

  • $650 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $715 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 30-32

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $52.50
  • 9-16 credits $105.00

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Financial Aid

College Work-Study and the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan are the two forms of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1st you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.

The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
  • Enrollment in a degree program.
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

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