Jul 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Education, M.Ed.

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The Master of Education program is designed for educators seeking an advanced degree. M.Ed. students select one of two pathways:

  • A Customized Pathway can be designed for students with unique professional experience and/or goals.
  • The Teacher Leadership Pathway includes the teacher leadership core courses plus focused study in one of three areas: curriculum and instruction, ESOL (with ESOL Endorsement) or Reading (with Reading Endorsement). 

Applying for Admission

The admissions committee seeks candidates who are self-directed, demonstrate academic competence, possess leadership abilities, are passionate about equity, dedicated to issues of social justice, and committed to community collaboration. Candidate selection is based on academic potential without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or physical handicap.

Admission Requirements

For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Marylhurst University Application for Admission
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each college or university where a degree was earned
       - Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00
       - Students must have conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program
  • Résumé
  • Statement of intent
  • Essay/writing sample
  • Recommendations (2)
  • Copy of current teaching license (for endorsement candidates only)
  • Fingerprint verification (for licensure and endorsement candidates)
  • Admissions interview with department faculty

Application Deadline and Process

Applications for admission to the Marylhurst Master of Education program are accepted year round. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the admission committee.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 12 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree with department approval.

Program Learning Outcomes

State and/or national standards serve as outcomes for the M.Ed. Outcomes for courses in the Teacher Leadership Core are the Teacher Leader Model Standards. Outcomes for the ESOL and Reading focus areas are found in the ESOL and Reading Standards approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC). TSPC’s requirements for educators, based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, serve as outcomes for the Curriculum and Instruction focus area, as well as for the core courses in the Customized Pathway. Outcomes for electives in the flexible M.Ed. are developed by the student and adviser based on individualized professional goals. 

Click here  to review the program learning outcomes for the Teacher Leadership Core and all three concentrations in the M.Ed. program.

Program Requirements

Completion of the Master of Education requires a total of 45 credits, which may be earned through a teacher leadership option or a customized option.

Customized Pathway - 45 credits

Based on their past experiences and unique professional goals, some students benefit from a customized approach to the Master of Education.

Customized Core - 24 credits

Electives - 21 credits

Elective courses may include: 

  • Any education (EDU) course
  • Other related courses with adviser approval

Total for the Degree: 45 credits

Teacher Leadership Pathway - 45 credits

Concentration - 24 credits

Students select one area of concentration within teacher leadership.

Total for the Degree: 45 credits


Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction

This concentration is for educators who seek to broaden their understanding of teaching and learning. With an inquiry stance, teachers examine educational practices, deepen their knowledge of instruction and assessment methodology, investigate the connection between theory and practice, and study an area of interest within the context of their own practice. In addition to instructional leadership abilities, individuals will explore potential roles throughout the educational community. 

Teacher Leadership in ESOL (with ESOL Endorsement)

This concentration is designed for educators who seek to further develop expertise in working with students who are multilingual. Coursework centers on culturally responsive practices for curriculum design and assessment, in addition to first and second language acquisition. Additionally, students will examine the broader historical, political and social influence of immigration on ESOL/Bilingual education in relation to English language learners’ academic achievement. Individuals will be prepared to serve as ESOL specialists in various capacities.

Teacher Leadership in Reading (with Reading Endorsement)

This concentration is designed for educators who seek specialized preparation in literacy theory and practice. Coursework further prepares teachers to assess, instruct and nurture students with reading difficulties. Individuals will be prepared to serve as reading specialists, instructional coaches or teacher-leaders at the early childhood and elementary school levels or at the middle and high school levels.

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