Instructional Leadership: MEd
The program is focused on helping students develop practical knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions in education. It provides students with a solid understanding of the history of the U.S. education system, curriculum development, learning and teaching models, and best practices for teaching diverse populations. Students also benefit from USU’s high-ranking special education program through two special education courses integrated into the curriculum. The majority of the coursework is made up of classes required for the administrative/supervisory concentration, which leads to administrative licensure through the Utah State Board of Education.
This program, with the accompanying recommendation for the ASC, is designed for students who wish to pursue administrative positions within the education system. It is also a good option for students who want to earn a master’s degree (which can increase a teacher’s current salary) while providing them with credentials for pursuing leadership positions in the future.
Utah has reciprocity agreements with many other states to provide joint recognition of educator licensure. Out-of-state students should check with their state department of education to ensure reciprocity.
USU School of Teacher Education and Leadership:
Instructional Leadership - MEd
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students can receive the MEd by pursuing the following plan option:
- The Plan C option does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.
Apply to Utah State University Graduate School
The minimum requirement for admission is a standard Utah State Office of Education license and at least one year of teaching experience. However, acceptance is much more likely after completion of at least three years of teaching experience.
Apply to a USU Graduate School degree program.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT
- Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester of 90 quarter credits
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
- Participate in a 15-minute phone interview focused on the interstate school leaders licensure consortium foundation standards (this portion of the application process is weighted most heavily)
International students have additional admissions requirements.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
Because this program leads to recommendation for administrative licensure, it is primarily designed for people who intend to become administrators in education (principals, assistant principals, curriculum coordinators, district office workers, etc.).
If students are not planning to pursue an administrative career path in the immediate future, the program can still help them enhance their teaching skills and provide them the option of moving into administrative positions in the future.
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