Master of Education for Experienced Teachers, M.Ed.

Program Description


The M.Ed. for Experienced Teachers (MEDX) program is a part-time, field-based program that is specifically designed for experienced teachers who wish to expand and refine their understanding of teaching and learning. Teachers completing the M.Ed. (30-34 credit hours) are eligible for the advanced licensure in their specialty areas if they hold active SP I or SP II licenses.

The curriculum incorporates research, technology rich instruction and twenty-first century standards for educators and includes an emphasis on social justice, teacher leadership and global perspectives. Features that distinguish our program of studies include experiential learning, opportunities to complete some assignments consistent with National Board Certification requirements and action research that is focused on classroom-based practice and the students of program candidates.

Teachers enrolling in MEDX program do so as a cohort, working both with colleagues in their specialty area and with teachers across all cohorts. The program of studies for each cohort will begin in early May 2016. Successful candidates will graduate from the program at the end of the academic term in Spring 2018.

The following cohorts will be offered for the 2017-2019 cycle:

The M.Ed. degree requires 30-34 hours of graduate credit earned through part time studies over the two year period.  Core courses for all cohorts address broad general content.  Additional courses are specific to each cohort. Please refer to specialty area descriptions and programs of study for details about courses and their sequence. Additional information about the program can be found in the FAQ section of the website.

Applicants should be practicing educators who currently teach in (and have at least two years of prior experience in) the content area and at the level for which they seek the advanced degree. Please refer to the FAQ page for additional information about admissions requirements.

Masters degree candidates engage in experiential learning as part of their initial course work in the program. For one week during the first sequence of courses in Summer 2017, students choose to either complete a hands-on community-based practicum at the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm or participate in an Outward Bound Wilderness Experience in the mountains of North Carolina. This is a required component for students and is offered at no additional cost beyond course tuition costs.

Specialty Areas

The M.Ed. for Experienced Teachers is organized by content/specialty areas of study. Those areas are offered usually depending on interest and faculty availability.

  • Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support (B-K)
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Literacy (K-12)
  • Mathematics (K-6, 6-9, 9-12)
  • Science (K-6, 6-9)
  • Social Studies (6-9, 9-12)
  • Special Education (K-12)
  • Technology (admissions suspended for the foreseeable future)

Current Cohorts

We are NOT currently offering admissions for the
Elementary Mathematics (K-6) cohort.

We ARE still offering post-baccaleaureate studies with the Elementary Mathematics Add-on Licensure program

Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support (B-K)
Elementary Mathematics (K-6)
Literacy (K-12)
Special Education (K-12)


The admissions deadline for the 2017-2019 cohorts is March 14, 2017. Because this is an electronic application process, and all supporting documentation including letters of reference must be received by the deadline, it is extremely important that applicants begin the application process early.

Once you have submitted the application, it is not possible to go back and amend your application.