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Kevin J. Martin
Dean, School of Education

The Master of Education at Virginia International University is designed to prepare future educators for leading roles in a variety of educational and education-related settings by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to excel in an array of education-related positions.

VIU’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree maintains the university’s mission of striving to embrace freedom of thought and diverse interpretations of human experiences, aspects that are vital in the field of education and in a global context. Our goal is to graduate students who display and make use of their moral, intellectual, and professional excellence to serve as role models for and educate future generations and make a difference in their communities.

The Master of Education in secondary education at VIU is designed to prepare future educators for leading roles in the growing field of secondary education. This program can be completed within four (4) semesters of full-time study.

The mission of the Education program at Virginia International University is to enable professional secondary educators to effectively serve in culturally diverse and technologically enhanced educational environments by empowering them with the skills and attributes associated with problem solvers, critical thinkers, and scholars in order to facilitate learning and academic achievement for secondary students and others they may serve.

Graduates from the M.Ed. programs will be able to effectively address challenges and possibilities in their roles as successful secondary teachers, educators, and leaders of their communities worldwide. Employment at the experienced professional level is possible in positions such as:

  • Secondary science instructor
  • Secondary mathematics instructor
  • Secondary ESOL instructor
  • Private School Instructors
  • Curriculum Developers

Top 5 Reasons to Choose the SED

  1. Programs designed around the skills and abilities employers are looking for. Additionally, each year we meet with and discuss trends in the field with our program advisor boards who provide input that we use to ensure that our curriculum adjusts to the needs of the field.
  2. Ongoing professional development opportunities outside of the classroom. In our innovative speaker series, Voices from the Field, we invite local community leaders, teachers, administrators, researchers, and other visionaries in the field of education to share their experiences, serve as relatable role models, give practical advice, raise our students’ awareness of new trends in the field, and expose students to opportunities for hands-on experience, professional development, volunteering, and more.
  3. Learner-centered classrooms. Our learning experience provides a dynamic and interactive experience in which students serve as both a knowledge-base and learner.
  4. Internationally minded student body and programs. VIU is a unique institution in which you can interact with students from all over the world. This setting offers students the ability to learn and grow from and with peers from differing backgrounds and experiences.
  5. Study On-campus or Online! We offer flexible schedules for busy working professionals with both on-campus and online offerings.

World Class Faculty & Staff
The Master of Education program boasts a history of highly skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who are ready to assist students along their journey through the program. The program’s faculty offer expertise in various areas including math, science, and ESOL.

Delivery of the curriculum is only one aspect of the programs at VIU! Come experience the personalized, accessible, engaging, and fun classroom environment!

Program Overview
Benefits of a Master of Education degree from VIU:

  • Gain a solid understanding of teaching principles and practices for secondary education
  • Obtain practical experience through the practicum course
  • Gain experience from teachers with expertise in their content areas
  • Gain practical skills to foster a class/campus culture supportive of various backgrounds and learning styles
  • Learn how to develop a classroom that focuses on student needs and ultimate goals through outcome-based course and lesson development.

Program Features
Features of the Master of Education program:

  • Faculty with real-world teaching experience
  • A solid field-based curriculum built with feedback from employers
  • Receive a world class education in an engaging and supportive learning environment
  • Improve upon teaching abilities and qualifications
  • Faculty are available outside of the classroom for assistance
  • Program can be completed with courses taken online and on-ground
  • Dedicated program administrators for every student

Mode of Delivery

VIU’s School of Education embraces a learning model that allows for a hybrid learning environment in which students can benefit from a combination of online coursework and in-class meetings. The purpose of a hybrid format is to allow for flexibility in ways that enable students to learn and grow outside of the walls of the classroom.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Admission to the program does not require any previous coursework in education. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any field is required for admission. Because graduates will be expected to be content-area experts in their concentration, having a bachelor’s degree in the content area is important for employment opportunities in secondary education institutions; therefore, having a bachelor’s degree in the content-area is advisable.

Each candidate is also required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae detailing his/her work history and education, along with a 500-word statement of purpose describing his/her academic interests, professional objectives, reasons for applying to the program, and areas of interest to be explored in the program. In addition, the candidate is required to submit a minimum of two (2) official recommendation letters, at least one of which must be dated within the past three years. These recommendations must be from professionals (preferably current or former instructors or employers) who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities, and must be written in English or accompanied by official translations. Recommendations must include contact information with a minimum of an email address (preferably an institutional email address) and physical mailing address. By submitting recommendations, applicants are permitting VIU to contact recommenders on their behalf regarding their application.

Additionally, since the language of instruction at VIU is English, candidates will need to provide evidence of sufficient English language proficiency by obtaining academic-level scores on all components of the placement and exit test or by submitting examination information from an approved standardized examination (examples: TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

Program-Specific Graduation Requirements

All candidates for graduation are required to submit a formal Summative Teaching Portfolio, the details of which include: Part A-Career Preparation; Part B-Two Writing Samples; Part C-Concentration Application; and Part D-The Practicum Experience. The required minimum cumulative GPA for graduation from this program is 3.0.

Accreditation
Virginia International University is an accredited institution of higher learning holding national accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is certified to operate by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additional information on accreditation can be found in the Accreditation and Certifications section of the academic catalog.

NOTE: Please note that this program does not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. In order to obtain teacher licensure, please contact the respective state Department of Education to determine eligibility and requirements.

VIU’s programs are non-licensure track programs. Non-licensure track programs do not provide the initial licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. In order to obtain initial teacher licensure for such settings, interested applicants should consider their interest in and options for seeking teacher licensure to teach in K-12 American public schools. Licensure to teach can be earned by seeking the credentials in the state in which the student wishes to teach.

For current in-service teachers seeking an additional credential/add on to their licensure, it is important to discuss your options and the applicability of our program to your career goals with your school’s principal or other local licensure liaison before applying.

Information on the routes to licensure for the state of Virginia can be found here: Licensure in VA

Tuition and Fees
The current tuition and fees for this program can be found on VIU’s tuition and fees page.

NOTE: Please note that this program does not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. In order to obtain teacher licensure, please contact the respective state Department of Education to determine eligibility and requirements.

The outcomes of the program are interwoven throughout all courses within the degree Students are expected to make progress toward meeting these outcomes throughout their program of study. The learning outcomes are to:

Program Outcomes
PO-1: Develop learner environments reflective of best practices for teaching and learning, secondary learners, and culturally responsive pedagogy creating optimal student achievement opportunities.
PO-2: Serve as independent researchers with the ability to action research as well as assess and implement research and best practices associated with effective pedagogical practices for secondary learners.
PO-3: Effectively collaborate with others as well as lead the collaborative process for the purpose of better meeting the needs of their student population and the communities in which they serve.
PO-4: Serve as leaders in developing and designing teaching and learning opportunities which are effective and generate learner motivation and academic success.
PO-5: Foster teaching and learning environments that are respectful and inclusive as well as reflective of the needs, feelings, and cultural values of the student population and communities they are serving.
PO-6: Develop, design, and implement assessment and evaluation strategies which are authentic and encompass student characteristics such as their cognitive abilities, cultural values, and academic abilities.
PO-7: Use community, institutional, and technological resources to demonstrate use of proper academic communication, ethics, and professionalism.

This program requires completion of a portfolio. You can find information here.

Students in this program will take part in a practicum experience. Information about the practicum experience can be found here.

VIU’s M.Ed. Program offers three Content Area Concentrations: Secondary Science, Secondary Mathematics, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The M.Ed. degree can be earned by completing the program course requirements of 39 credit hours. The program consists of six (6) Core courses, five (5) Content Area courses, and one (1) Elective course.
The M.Ed. program requires the completion of a Practicum within the student’s subject area. The practicum gives students a chance to observe real-world practices, to reflect on and refine their ideas about teaching and learning, and to gain valuable practical experience in the field. The practicum is worth 6 credit hours and works towards meeting the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education’s required supervised classroom experience.
To qualify for the M.Ed. Degree, students must meet all credit requirements, as described below:

  1. Students enrolled in the graduate program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), out of 4.0, and a minimum of grade not less than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, in all courses to qualify for the M.Ed. Degree to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. The maximum time frame permitted for the completion of any graduate program is 54 semester credits.
  2. Only graduate-level courses may be applied toward the degree. A master’s student may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited institutions.
  3. Beyond the prerequisites, the student must have completed 39 credit hours, consisting of 30 credit hours of required core courses, 6 content area credit hours and 3 credit hours of specialization area courses.
  4. No degree credit is earned by a graduate student for any grade below 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, received in a graduate-level course. However, any grades lower than 2.0 (C), out of 4.0, will be calculated in the grade point average.
Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Foundations of Secondary Education 6 18
Content Area courses 5 18
Elective courses 1 3
Total 12 39

Please note that this program does not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. In order to obtain teacher licensure, please contact the respective state department of education to determine eligibility and requirements. More information on licensure can be found here.

M.Ed. with concentration in ESOL Education

ESOL Education Core Courses (Must take all 6 courses)

Code Course Title Credits
EDUC 500 Introduction to Education and Educational Research 3
EDUC 503 Educational Psychology for Secondary Students 3
EDUC 508 Motivational Theory and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 511 Diversity and Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 521 Instructional Methods for Special Education 3
EDUC 532 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction 3

ESOL Education Concentration Courses (Must take 5 courses)

Code Course Title Credits
APLX 530 Language Teaching Methods 3
APLX 615 Pedagogical Grammar for Communicative Classrooms 3 3
EDSL 610 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDSL 620 Approaches to Assessments for Teaching and Learning 3
EDSL 686 Education Practicum 6

M.Ed. with concentration in Mathematics Education

Math Education Core Courses (Must take all 6 courses)

Code Course Title Credits
EDUC 500 Introduction to Education and Educational Research 3
EDUC 503 Educational Psychology for Secondary Students 3
EDUC 508 Motivational Theory and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 511 Diversity and Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 521 Instructional Methods for Special Education 3
EDUC 532 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction 3

Math Education Concentration Courses (Must take 5 courses)

Code Course Title Credits
EDMA 600 Effective Teaching and Learning for Secondary Mathematics 3
EDMA 605 Advanced Approaches for Teaching Secondary Mathematics 3
EDMA 610 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDMA 620 Approaches to Assessments for Teaching and Learning 3
EDMA 686 Education Practicum 6

M.Ed. with concentration in Science Education

Science Education Core Courses (Must take all 6 courses)

Code Course Title Credits
EDUC 500 Introduction to Education and Educational Research 3
EDUC 503 Educational Psychology for Secondary Students 3
EDUC 508 Motivational Theory and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 511 Diversity and Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 521 Instructional Methods for Special Education 3
EDUC 532 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction 3

Science Education Concentration Courses (Must take 5 courses)

Code Course Title Credits
EDSC 600 Effective Teaching and Learning for Secondary Science 3
EDSC 605 Advanced Approaches for Teaching Secondary Science 3
EDSC 610 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDSC 620 Approaches to Assessments for Teaching and Learning 3
EDSC 686 Education Practicum 6

Information for Students on an F-1 Visa
Please note that students on an F-1 Visa are responsible for maintaining their own visa status. Since an off-site practicum is an integral part of this program, all students on an F-1 Visa are required to complete their internship course (EDMA 686, EDSC 686, and/or EDSL 686) as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and must meet all requirements of CPT as set forth by the International Student Services Office. CPT is employment pursuant to an internship requirement which is an integral part of the established curriculum of your school. Students with an F-1 Visa are required to take the practicum course (EDMA 686, EDSC 686, and/or EDSL 686) with at least one other on-ground course in the final semester of study in order to remain in-status.

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the M.Ed. Program:

M.Ed. Elective Course Options (Must take 1 course)

Code Course Title Course Prerequisite Credits
APLX 520 Introduction to Multilingualism None 3
APLX 635 Intercultural Communication None 3
EDUC 565 Contemporary Issues in Education and Assessment None 3
EDUC 567 Improving Instruction Through Inquiry Practices EDUC 565 3
EDUC 593 Introduction to Educational Policy None 3
EDUC 597 Partnerships for School Success EDUC 593 3
EDUC 574 Materials Development for Online Learning Completion of an introductory technologies for teaching course 3
EDUC 575 Online Teaching Principles and Practices Completion of an introductory technologies for teaching course 3
EDUC 576 Course Design for the Virtual Classroom Completion of an introductory technologies for teaching course 3
EDTC 571 Instructional Technologies for Learning None 3
EDTC 573 Emerging and Assistive Technology EDTC 571 3
EDUC 590 Program Administration Completion of teaching methods and successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in a curriculum course 3
EDUC 595 Program Development and Evaluation Completion of an assessment course 3
EDUC 640 Introduction to Research Methods Completion of 9 credits, or permission of the instructor 3

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