The Master of Education degree program is designed to meet the academic and professional interests of a person working in the educational field (e.g., a teacher, counselor, administrator, or curriculum specialist).

Program Plan

Upon admission to a Master of Education program, each student is assigned an academic advisor in the student's area of specialization. The student and advisor plan a program of study to meet the student’s individual goals and general degree requirements. Departments may require that a copy of the program plan be kept on file.

Time Limits

Graduate students and advisors should be guided by the Graduate College policy on master’s degree time limits. If a time extension is desired, it may be requested by completing a Graduate Student Petition. These petitions are considered and acted upon by the student’s advisor, the department, and the Graduate College. Each individual who has authority to act on the petition may either approve or deny the petition.

Course Requirements for Ed. M. Candidates

All students admitted to a Master of Education degree program must fulfill Graduate College requirements for the master’s degree, departmental requirements, and the following College of Education minimum requirements on the Urbana campus or through Urbana off-campus or online courses:

  • Completion of 32 hours:
    • 8 hours of foundations coursework:
      • 4 Hours: Psychological Foundations Courses in Educational Psychology
        EPSY 400, 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 430, 490 or EPSY 485 for 2 hours plus 2 hours of a previously named course
      • 4 Hours: Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
        EOL 548, EPS 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 410, 411, 412, 413, 415, 420, 421, 423, 424, or 426 
    • 12 hours of 500-level courses in education (599 thesis research credit not included).
    • 12 hours of additional 400- or 500-level courses selected by the student in consultation with an academic advisor (599 thesis research credit not included; 595 independent study can be applied up to a maximum amount of eight hours)

In addition to the specific requirements stated above, individual departments in the College of Education may require additional courses to complete the student’s degree program

Evaluation of Academic Progress

Annual evaluations are required for all degree-seeking graduate students and will occur every spring semester.

The student will complete an electronic self-evaluation detailing academic progress. The advisor (or department designee) will assess the progress report and provide online feedback to the student. An additional authorized faculty member may also be asked to review the progress report. The evaluation is kept in the student’s permanent file. Failure to complete the academic self-evaluation by the deadline will result in a hold being placed on the student's account.

When a decision is made that a student is not making satisfactory progress, the student, the advisor, and the Director of Graduate Studies will be informed in writing by the department.

Degree Certification Request

Prior to the date of degree conferral, a student may need verification that he or she has completed all requirements for the degree (e.g., for employment or visa renewal). At any time after degree requirements have been satisfied, the student may request a Degree Certification Letter or use the on-line Degree Verification system.