Educational Studies, M.Ed.

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The M.Ed. provides 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. It is designed for educators who wish to expand their knowledge of education, improve their educational practice, and positively impact public and private schools.

Students develop tools of inquiry to investigate questions about teaching, mentoring, learning and school reform, and to inspire others to work toward educational change. The program may be completed partially or fully online.

Details for the fully online option are available on the UNH Online website

This program does not lead to teaching or administrative certification.

Program Contact

Cindy Glidden

Department Coordinator

Email | Phone: 603-862-2311

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

  • Fall: August 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15

Applicants for financial assistance should complete their applications by February 15 to ensure consideration for the following academic year. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent directly to the Dean of the Graduate School.


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. 

Concluding Experience

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.

The Educational Studies degree (M.Ed.) requires the completion of 30-32 credit hours.

2018/2019 Tuition*
  Per Credit

NH Resident



  Per Semester
Manchester security/parking fee $20.00
Registration Fee $20.00
Technology fee 1-4 credits $25.00
Technology fee 5-8 credits $50.25
Technology fee 9-16 credits $100.50

Manchester Mandatory Fees

  • Registration Fee: A non-refundable registration fee will be assessed once each semester.
  • Technology Fee: A technology fee will be assessed each semester.
  • Manchester Parking/Security Fee: A mandatory security/parking fee is assessed to all registered students at the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus. This fee will be assessed once each semester and will entitle the student to a parking permit. UNH Manchester parking passes can be used in the “A” lot of the Durham Campus.

Health Insurance Fee

UNH has a HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENT as a condition of enrollment for all full-time (9 or more credits per traditional semester) graduate degree students. Students will have the option of waiving the requirement by presenting proof of adequate insurance through another plan. Students who want to waive out of the plan are required to complete the enrollment/waiver form and should do so before the start of classes. Full information including the enrollment/waiver form can be located on the UNH Health Services pages.

More Information

For more information about tuition and fees, visit the UNH Graduate School Manchester campus tuition information page. 

*The tuition & fee chart is subject to change. UNH's official tuition schedule: UNH Business Services.