The Educational Studies M.Ed. is a 30 – 32 credit program structured around a knowledge and application core that includes the following courses:
Three Core Courses in Education (12 credits)
EDUC 959 Issues in Education (4 credits)
This course replaces the curriculum course with a more general overview of issues in public education, including an examination of the following questions:
- When and why was public schooling created?
- Why is public schooling under attack and what are the alternatives?
- Among those committed to public schooling, what are the competing “schools of thought” on its purposes?
- Who should decide what children learn in public schools?
- What are the arguments for and against our nation’s current education reform plan?
EDUC 958: Analysis of Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
This course provides an examination of and reflection on the nature of teaching and learning in both formal and informal contexts. Different theories of teaching and learning are introduced and connected with practice.
EDUC 882: Introduction to Research Methods (4 credits)
This course provides an introduction to research methods in education and the social sciences. 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.
Four Elective Courses (14-16 credits)
Program participants choose a set of four elective courses in consultation with their advisor, reflecting their personal, professional, and academic interests, needs, and goals. The electives are intended to provide breadth and depth to each participant’s course of study.
At least two electives must be courses in the Education Department at UNH (8 credits). The other two elective courses may be taken in education, another department at UNH, or another approved institution with the appropriate permission and consistent with Graduate School transfer credit policies (6 – 8 credits, depending on school / department). Electives can be online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses.
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.
Courses are subject to change. Refer to the UNH course catalog for the most recent information.