M.Ed. in Education: Core requirements

The M.Ed. in Education is a 30-credit degree designed to support the professional practice of in-service teachers. 

All students are required to take: 

  1. CI 533: Educational Psychology of Learning, Cognition and Memory
  2. CI 506: Social Justice Education and Teaching
  3. CI 515: Action Research
  4. CI 598X: Capstone

Course descriptions can be accessed via the Iowa State course catalog

Note: All four of these courses will have an online option.

The 18 credits of coursework that are in addition to the 12 credits of coursework in the division-level core are determined by any area (e.g. ITMS) or emphasis (e.g. instructional technology) specific requirements and in consultation with the students’ major professor. A major professor will be assigned at the point of admission. 

  • CI 515: Action Research will support students in writing a proposal for the capstone project. The project itself will be carried out under the supervision of and assessed by the students’ major professor. Capstone credit will be received by taking CI 598X.
  • Students may transfer in courses that substitute for the Division-level course requirements if there is agreement among area faculty that the student has already taken an equivalent graduate course at another institution or ISU. ISU/SOE policy allows up to 9 credits to be transferred to a master’s degree program. No more than 6 of those credits may be 8-10 years old. At least 22 credits must be earned at ISU.

Note: All students admitted to start fall 2018 or later have the following requirements. If you were admitted to start prior to fall 2018, please see the previous M.Ed. requirements.