Master of Education Degree Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is considered to be a professional degree awarded to individuals who have successfully completed studies in the following domains:

1. Graduate core
2. Teacher licensure or Master of Education course work
3. Advanced graduate studies

Students may choose the M.Ed. degree with or without completing teacher licensure. The M.Ed. degree focuses upon professional achievement and experience substantially beyond the Baccalaureate and basic teacher preparation program. The University of Utah describes the professional degree as follows:

1. A minimum of 30 to 35 semester hours planned and approved in advance by the student's supervisory committee
2. Sufficient flexibility to accommodate individual goals by allowing concentrations in either professional studies or supportive academic studies in other colleges
3. No thesis requirement
4. A culminating clinical or professional experience to upgrade the professional competencies of the student
5. A required comprehensive written examination

The purpose of the Department of Special Education's M.Ed. program is to prepare students with the critical thinking skills and experiential base necessary to undertake professional positions in a variety of clinical, educational, and other related settings.