The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is pleased to offer a flexible online MEd program for teachers and professionals working in educational settings who wish to expand their knowledge of education, improve their educational practice or positively impact public and private schools at all levels.
Not just for teachers, this MEd program also provides a solid educational foundation for professionals in business, research centers, public policy institutes, and national and state agencies. The program provides a context in which students develop tools of inquiry to investigate questions about teaching, mentoring, learning and school reform, and to inspire others to work toward educational change. Graduates of the online M.Ed. in Educational Studies will positively impact educational practice and policy in a variety of settings. The program does not award a teaching certificate or accreditation credential.
The online environment provides new learning opportunities and creates direct relationships between students and instructors. Core courses are offered asynchronously, meaning students do not need to log into a course at any specific time, rather they may complete required readings, discussion boards, and other course assignments on their own time as long as they meet the posted course assignment deadlines.
Students may start the program in January, May, or August. The academic year consists of five 8-week terms: two terms in the fall, two in the spring, and one in the summer. Students may proceed through the program at their own pace and can finish the program in as few as 14 months.
The courses are taught by the same faculty members who teach traditional courses in on-campus classrooms. Faculty members are highly respected active scholars who continue to work within their fields, regularly publish scholarly articles, author books, and speak at national conferences and symposia. Maintaining a personal connection with each student is a priority for our faculty. Doing so in an online environment presents challenges but also unique opportunities. We provide personal connections through use of technologies such as Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to provide advising and mentorship that will be essential to your positive educational experience.
The online MEd requires a minimum of 30 semester credits. These credits are earned by taking eight courses comprised of four core Education courses taken solely online and four electives taken online, hybrid, or face-to-face at our Manchester or Durham, NH campuses. A wide variety of electives is offered representing several different areas of inquiry and practice. The selection varies from year to year and two electives must be taken within the UNH education department. Academic advisers are available to help students choose their electives to align with their specific professional goals.
Our mission in the Education Department is to broaden participation in schools in our increasingly complex and diverse society. Our faculty members engage with communities to conduct scholarship that increases our understanding of how schools can promote learning and well-being for every student. We examine the role of language, literacies and culture as integral in the process of teaching and learning.
Our faculty also prepares education professionals to meet the demands and needs of our communities through reflective practice and innovative technology. Graduates from our program assume roles of responsibility and leadership in PreK-12 schools and classrooms, community agencies, colleges and universities, and in school administrative offices. They are prepared to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their careers as educators.
Founded in 1866, the University of New Hampshire was one of the earliest land-grant institutions in the country. Today, the university has nearly 15,000 students from around the world. It is comprised of dozens of academic departments, interdisciplinary institutes, and research centers.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation