In Fall 2016, the School of Education and both Divisions will engage in conversation about M.Ed. and M.S. degree requirements. At that time, it is our hope that we will collectively come to an agreement about what we would like M.Ed. and M.S. requirements to look like for the SOE and Division. Until such time, however, we need to clarify current requirements in TLLP so all faculty and students are aware of degree expectations. What follows is an outline of those requirements, which are a minimalist version of the former Department of Curriculum and Instruction requirements. We arrived at these requirements because they are consistent with past/current practice, speak to the spirit of previous requirements, and are minimally restrictive.
- All M.Ed. and M.S. students are required to take at least 30 credits, which is the Graduate School minimum for a master’s degree. In some instances, specific Areas may have degree offerings that require more than 30 credits. If this is the case, the student is required to take the Area’s specific credit requirements.
- All M.Ed. students are required to take at least one research course.
- All M.S. students are required to take at least two research courses.
- All M.Ed. and M.S. students are required to take at least one course not in their Area.
- All M.Ed. students not in a coursework only program are required to complete a Creative Component. This includes taking 3 credits of creative component credits. The form of the Creative Component is determined by the Program of Study Committee.
- All M.S. students are required to complete a Thesis. This includes taking 3 credits of Thesis credits. The form of the Thesis is determined by the Program of Study Committee.
In total, this means that M.Ed. students have a 9 credit core (3 credits research, 3 credits Creative Component, and 3 credits outside of Area). Based on a 30 credit degree minimum, this leaves at least 21 credits for other coursework. This means that M.S. students have a 12 credit core (6 credits research, 3 credits Thesis, and 3 credits outside of Area). Based on a 30 credit degree minimum, this leaves at least 18 credits for other coursework.
The above requirements apply to all students who start their degree prior to the approval of new Division requirements. This means that if the Division approves new requirements in Fall 2016, those new requirements would go into effect for all students who start their degree in Spring 2017. In other words, you are bound by the requirements that exist at the time of your start date.
If you have any questions about these requirements, please email Anne Foegen, Director of Graduate Education, or Isaac Gottesman, Division Head of TLLP.