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Master of Education Programs (M. Ed.)

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Master of Education Program 


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National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)  

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Maryland State Department of Education

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ChairDr. Ron Siers
DirectorDr. Gwen Beegle

The Master of Education (M. Ed.) is a professional degree designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation in the education professions. Like all education programs in the Seidel School, the Master of Education represents the Mission of the University and the Conceptual Framework themes that undergird our programs: Scholarship, Collaboration, Enhanced Student Learning, and Informed and Reflective practice.

There are four unique opportunities for M. Ed. candidates. Three of these programs are designed for the advanced study of education by practicing teachers.

  • The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Program is intended to provide educators with learning opportunities to deepen and expand their content, curriculum and pedagogical skill for their current or next teaching assignment. Applicants must have or be qualified for initial teaching licensure.
  • The M.Ed. track in Post-Secondary Education is for emerging professionals in higher education.  Our M.Ed. Post Secondary candidates are pursuing careers in student affairs, housing, judicial affairs, academic affairs, financial aid, admissions, athletics, and community education.  Our graduates work for community colleges, universities, state agencies, and adult education settings. Read more about the post-secondary track here
  • The M.Ed. Reading Specialist Program is an advanced licensure program, which is designed to prepare reading educators in instructional and leadership capacities in K-12 schools. Individuals who complete the M.Ed. Reading Specialist Program are eligible for Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) reading specialist certification. Applicants must have or be qualified for initial teaching licensure.
  • The M.Ed. Education Leadership Program is a second advanced licensure program designed to prepare educational leaders. Individuals who complete the M.Ed. Education Leadership Program are eligible for the MSDE Aadministrator I Certificate. Applicants must have initial teaching licensure and two years of experience as a teacher.

Individuals who are interested in the M.Ed. for professional goals that require the Master of Education but who are not planning a career in PreK-12 schools should apply for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Program, Post-Secondary Track. The Post-Secondary Track has a focus on higher education learners, practice and services. Applicants do not need to have an initial licensure, and the program does not lead to licensure for public school teaching.

Other Opportunities at Salisbury University

Salisbury University also offers the Master of Science in Mathematics Education through the Henson School of Science and Technology, and the Master of Arts in English with a focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through the Fulton School of Liberal Arts.

Persons who are seeking an initial teaching licensure to teach as a secondary educator should apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Salisbury University offers strong undergraduate programs leading to early childhood and elementary teaching licensure through the Department of Teacher Education.


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