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Master of Education

Program Highlights

Are you passionate about education? Do you dream of changing the world, one student at a time? Then, the online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is the right fit for you. In their time at VIU Online, our students acquire an excellent grasp of technology in education, cutting-edge teaching methodologies and best practices in education policy.

The online degree program is designed to prepare future educators for leading roles in the growing field of education. Graduates from the online M.Ed. programs will be able to effectively address challenges and possibilities in their roles as successful teachers, educators, and leaders of their communities worldwide. The online Master of Education degree at VIU is usually completed within two academic years.

VIU Online’s M.Ed. Program offers three Content Area Concentrations: Secondary Science, Secondary Mathematics, and Teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Degree at Glance

The online Master of Education degree at VIU is earned by completing the program course requirements of 39 credit hours (12 courses). 30 credit hours (9 courses) of Core Courses, 6 credit hours (2 courses) of Content Area Concentration courses, and 3 credit hours (1 courses) of Specialization Area Elective courses make up the M.Ed. degree. The M.Ed. program at VIU School of Online Education also requires a Capstone: Educational Action Research Project/Portfolio within the subject area. This portfolio or research project is worth 6 credit hours of the core courses and is conducted in conjunction with the Virginia D.O.E. required Supervised Classroom Experience Course (EDUC 600). To qualify for the online 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 18 semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited institutions.
  3. Beyond the prerequisites, the student must have completed 39 credit hours, of which 30 credit hours of required core courses, and 6 credit hours of content area courses, and 3 credit hours of elective courses must have been earned
  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.

The program consists of nine (9) Core Courses, two (2) Content Area Courses, and two (1) Elective Course.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 9 30
Content Area courses 2 6
Elective courses 1 3
Total 12 39

World Class Faculty & Staff
The online 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

Admission Requirements
Admission to the program does not require any previous course work in education. A bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field and evidence of sufficient English language proficiency are required for admission. Candidates are also required to submit a minimum of one official recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, and a résumé or curriculum vitae.

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.