Educational Studies M.Ed.

Educational Studies M.Ed.

Educational Studies

Expand your knowledge of education, improve your educational practice, and positively impact public and private schools

What is educational studies?

Our educational studies master’s degree program is specially designed for teachers and other education professionals who want to advance their careers while continuing to work in their field. You’ll examine issues in education today, analyze current teaching methods and undertake an in-depth research project, exploring an education topic that’s important to you. Whether you’re interested in general issues of educational practice, STEM learning, policy and management or legal issues in education, you’ll have the flexibility to follow your passion while increasing your earning potential, expanding your career options and bringing positive change the education system.

Why study educational studies at UNH?

The education 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 careers

  • Charter school director
  • Curriculum developer
  • District administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Education lobbyist
  • Education policy developer
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • School principal
  • Tutor

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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

Deadlines

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special:

Application fee: $65

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes

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.

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.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that 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.