Master of Education – M.Ed. Curriculum

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Curriculum: Master of Education (M.Ed.) at Marylhurst

Students earning their Master of Education (M.Ed.) follow an M.Ed. curriculum in which they acquire the necessary skills to position themselves to advance into positions of leadership and embrace curriculum development responsibilities. In addition, Marylhurst offers the choice to earn your M.Ed. degree through a Teacher Leadership Pathway or Custom Pathway curriculum based on your individual professional goals. Regardless of the option you choose, you will study with faculty who bring relevance, practicality and authentic experience to coursework and classroom discussion.

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M.Ed. Curriculum & Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your Master of Education from Marylhurst, you complete a minimum of 45 quarter credits by selecting to focus your studies through a Teacher Leadership pathway or Custom pathway:

Teacher Leadership Pathway

  • Teacher Leadership Core Courses (21 credits)
    Study includes (but is not limited to) courses in facilitating school change, adult learning theory in context, assessment literacy, cultural proficient instructional leadership and legal, ethical advocacy issues.
  • Concentration Courses (24 credits) in either:
    • Curriculum Instruction:
      Within the Curriculum Instruction concentration, you will examine educational practices, deepen your knowledge of instruction and assessment methodology, investigate the connection between theory and practice, and study an area of interest within the context of your own practice.
    • ESOL (with endorsement):
      Further develop your expertise in curriculum design and assessment for multi-lingual students. Examine the historical, political, and social influence of immigration on ESOL/Bilingual education.
    • Reading (with endorsement):
      Within the Reading concentration and endorsement, you will study literacy theory and practice to assess, instruct and nurture students with reading difficulties. Required coursework will help you develop specific instructional strategies for English Language Learners.

Custom Pathway

  • Customized Core (24 credits)
    Study a curriculum chosen from courses in theory, policy, curriculum and instruction.
  • Electives (21 credits)
    Complete your elective requirements through a selection (in partnership with your adviser) of education courses or other related courses that support your individual professional goals.

Flexible Program

Flexible courses - Marylhurst UniversityRecognizing students have competing priorities and diverse career goals, Marylhurst uniquely offers our Master of Education students flexible coursework within several fields of study. Education classes are offered in the evenings or on Saturdays, and part-time enrollment is available to help students maintain work and family commitments. M.Ed. students who are currently teaching can often complete clinical experiences within their own classrooms.

Additional Endorsements

All Master of Education students who have or are earning a teaching license may choose to pursue specialized endorsements in addition to their master’s program.

ESOL Endorsement
While earning your Master of Education, you may pursue an ESOL Endorsement within the requirements of your Teacher Leadership concentration or choose to add an ESOL Endorsement to your Custom concentration. The ESOL Endorsement was designed for P-12 educators who hold or are earning a teaching license and seek to further develop expertise in language acquisition, cultural considerations, assessment, curriculum development, instruction and program evaluation for English language learners

Reading Endorsement
As a Master of Education student, you may choose to earn a Reading Endorsement within the requirements of your Teacher Leadership concentration or add the Reading Endorsement as additional credits to your Custom concentration. Our Reading Endorsement is designed for P-12 educators who hold or are earning a teaching license, and seek specialized preparation in literacy theory and practice. The endorsement will prepare you to assess, instruct and nurture students with reading difficulties.

Single-Subject Content Area Endorsement
Earn a Single Subject Content Area Endorsement while completing your Master of Education.  Regardless of your chosen concentration within the M.Ed. program, you may add additional credits to study specific teaching strategies in content areas including math, science, social studies and language arts.

Middle Level Content Area Endorsement
If you hold or are earning a teaching license as an elementary teacher, you may obtain a Middle-Level Endorsement through Marylhurst’s Department of Education.  You will study specific content-area vocabulary development, adolescent development, and teaching strategies complimentary of each content area including math, science, social studies and language arts.

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Degree Completion

Students admitted into Marylhurst’s Master of Education program take an average of 2 years to complete the degree.

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