Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The master of education (M.Ed.) degree is designed for licensed and practicing educators to continue building upon professional knowledge and experience. This advanced preparation program is delivered on the University of Portland campus as well as at other approved off-campus sites. All M.Ed. candidates complete a 15 semester hour core of professional knowledge and research courses. On-campus candidates, in consultation with an academic advisor, choose a specialty option and complete 21 semester hours in educational leadership, reading intervention, special education generalist, English for speakers of other languages, preliminary administrator licensure, or neuroeducation. Off-campus candidates are expected to follow a two-year sequence of courses in the specialty option of educational leadership. Students in the off-campus M.Ed. program (except for Guam) must complete a 3 semester hour residency requirement at the University of Portland campus. All School of Education M.Ed. programs are 36 semester hours in length.

Edmonton M.Ed. Cohort Program Approval in Alberta:

This program is offered pursuant to the written approval of the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology effective September 2010, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

M.Ed. Learning Outcomes

Candidates for the M.Ed. program will be able to meet outcomes of the School of Education shared values. Additionally, the core courses in the M.Ed. program address the following Teacher Leader Model Standards:

Domain 1: Fostering a Collaborative Culture to Support Educator Development and Student Learning – The teacher leader is well versed in adult learning theory and uses that knowledge to create a community of collective responsibility within his or her school. In promoting this collaborative culture among fellow teachers, administrators, and other school leaders, the teacher leader ensures improvement in educator instruction and, consequently, student learning.

Domain 2: Accessing and Using Research to Improve Practice and Student Learning – The teacher leader keeps abreast of the latest research about teaching effectiveness and student learning, and implements best practices where appropriate. He or she models the use of systematic inquiry as a critical component of teachers’ ongoing learning and development. 

Domain 3: Promoting Professional Learning for Continuous Improvement – The teacher leader understands that the processes of teaching and learning are constantly evolving. The teacher leader designs and facilitates job-embedded professional development opportunities that are aligned with school improvement goals.

Domain 4: Facilitating Improvements in Instruction and Student Learning – The teacher leader possesses a deep understanding of teaching and learning, and models an attitude of continuous learning and reflective practice for colleagues. The teacher leader works collaboratively with fellow teachers to constantly improve instructional practices.

Domain 5: Promoting the Use of Assessments and Data for School and District Improvement – The teacher leader is knowledgeable about the design of assessments, both formative and summative. He or she works with colleagues to analyze data and interpret results to inform goals and to improve student learning.

Domain 6: Improving Outreach and Collaboration with Families and Community – The teacher leader understands the impact that families, cultures, and communities have on student learning. As a result, the teacher leader seeks to promote a sense of partnership among these different groups toward the common goal of excellent education.

Domain 7: Advocating for Student Learning and the Profession – The teacher leader understands the landscape of education policy and can identify key players at the local, state, and national levels. The teacher leader advocates for the teaching profession and for policies that benefit student learning.

M.Ed. Admission Requirements

  1. M.Ed. Statement of Goals.
  2. Current resume.
  3. Copy of either a United States or Canadian issued teaching license (must be current and valid)
    • Note: The Preliminary Administrator License specialty option requires a minimum of 3 years of in-school experience as a licensed educator prior to beginning Preliminary Administrator License coursework.
  4. Two Graduate Recommendation Forms and letters.
  5. Official transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions).
  6. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Portland.
  7. An undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) .

M.Ed. Degree Requirements - 36 hours

Core Requirements — 15 hours

ED 550Professional Growth and Development

3

ED 551Social and Cultural Foundations

3

ED 555Teacher as Researcher

3

ED 558Educational Research for Improved Student Learning

3

ED 598MED Capstone Project

3

The core courses address the Teacher Leader Model Standards.

M.Ed. Specialty Requirements - 21 hours

Reading Intervention Endorsement Requirements (on campus) - 21 hours

ED 564Reading Practicum P-12

3

ED 580Elements of Reading P-12

3

ED 581Language, Literacy & Culture

3

ED 582Content Area Literacy

3

ED 583Diagnosis and Instruction of Learning Problems Related to Reading and Language Differences

3

ED 584Administration and Evaluation of Reading Programs

3

ED 5XXElective

3

The reading intervention endorsement courses address the TSPC standards for the Oregon licensure reading intervention endorsement (OAR 584-420-0440) and the International Literacy Association standards.

Special Education Generalist Endorsement Requirements (on campus) - 21 hours

ED 503Language and Communication: Support and Strategies

3

ED 504School, Parent, and Community Relations

3

ED 505Behavior Support: Consultative and Collaborative

3

ED 506Academic Assessments: Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners

3

ED 508Functional Assessment: Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Learners

3

ED 568Special Education Practicum P-12

3

ED 5XXElective

3

The special education generalist endorsement courses address the TSPC standards for the Oregon licensure special education generalist endorsement (OAR 584-420-0460) and the Council for Exceptional Children standards.

Educational Leadership Requirements (on and off campus) - 21 hours

ED 570Curriculum Development and Implementation

3

ED 571Enhancing Classroom Relationships

3

ED 573Quality Teaching and Peer Consultation

3

ED 574Models of Leadership

3

ED 575Transforming Schools and Systemic Change

3

ED 578Improving the Instructional Process

3

ED 5XXElective

3

The educational leadership courses address the Teacher Leader Model Standards.

Preliminary Administrator License Requirements (on campus) - 21 hours

ED 544Human Resource Development and Management

3

ED 545Leadership and Organizational Change

3

ED 546Policy, Ethics, and the Law

3

ED 547Resource Allocation, Finance, and Management

3

ED 548Supervision for Instructional Improvement

3

ED 549Preliminary Administrator License (Pre-AL) Leadership Practicum

3

ED 5XXElective

3

The Preliminary Administrator License courses address the Oregon Educational Leader/Administrator standards, which are based on the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement Requirements (on campus) - 21 hours

ED 504School, Parent, and Community Relations

3

ED 507Dual Language Education

3

ED 509Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL

3

ED 510Linguistics

3

ED 569ESOL Practicum P-12

3

ED 581Language, Literacy & Culture

3

ED 5XXElective

3

The ESOL endorsement courses address the TSPC standards for the Oregon licensure ESOL endorsement (OAR 584-420-0360) and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages International Association standards.

Neuroeducation (on-campus) - 21 hours

ED 585Foundations of Cognitive Processes in Learning

3

ED 586Neuroscience and Learning

3

ED 587Neurobiological Aspects of Learning

3

ED 588Neuroeducation: A Cultural-Linguistic Translation

3

ED 589Translational Studies and Research in Neuroeducation

3

ED 593Readings and Topics in Neuroscience and Education

3

ED 5XXElective

3

Note: Students may only enroll in ED 589 after all other neuroeducation courses have been completed.