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The Master's of Education Degree (MEd) program is designed for persons who desire to engage in graduate studies that will help them improve their competencies as educators. The MEd Coursework degree (Professional/Plan C) program is the most pursued degree option and is available for students both on and off campus. The MEd Project degree (Plan B) program is a research-oriented degree, and focuses on improving the instructional skills of the candidate. A thesis is not required, but all candidates must complete a project.

The Master's of Science degree (Plan A) is a research-oriented degree designed to prepare the candidate for further graduate study in a specialized area within the discipline. It requires a strong relationship with a major professor who will serve as an advisor and supervisor of the master's thesis, which consists of a major research supervised by an advisor and three-person faculty committee.

The EdS is a 36-42 credit post-masters degree designed to enable experienced educators to specialize and improve their professional competence in specific areas or fields. The EdS is especially appropriate for those individuals who wish preparation beyond the master's degree level, but who are not interested in doctoral work with its greater emphasis on developing proficiencies in conducting independent research.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

The EdS degree meets the advanced study needs of persons seeking leadership roles in public education, junior colleges, and small private and state colleges. The coursework requirements extend competencies for individuals serving in such positions as program developers, trainers, curriculum specialists, supervisors, instructional leaders, and college instructors.

The MEd degree expands the knowledge, skills and abilities related to teaching and learning of students in K-12 settings. A MEd degree can provide opportunities for instructional leadership roles within schools and districts. Also, several MEd degrees are related to state endorsements.

The MS degree is a research-oriented degree in a specialized area within the discipline. An MS degree can lead into a doctoral program. Also, an MS degree meets the needs for those seeking to teach at a junior colleges, and small private and state colleges.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.

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