Master of Education for Experienced Teachers, M.Ed.

Program Description

Attention Prospective Students:

Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support (B-K) is the only specialty area that is currently accepting applications.

Click here for information about the ECIFS specialty.


The M.Ed. for Experienced Teachers (MEDX) program is a part-time, field-based program that is specifically designed for experienced teachers with at least two years of experience 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.

The M.Ed. degree requires 30-34 hours of graduate credit earned through part time studies over the two year period. The program of studies consists of core courses that address broad general content and courses are specific to each cohort. Additional information about the program, including information about admissions requirements, can be found in the FAQ section of the website.

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 2019, 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. Currently the MEDX program is only accepting students into the Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support (ECIFS) cohort for the 2019-2021 cycle. The ECIFS program of studies begins in early May 2019. Successful candidates will graduate from the program at the end of the academic term in Spring 2021.

Current Cohorts

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


The admissions deadline for the 2019-2021 cohort is February 12, 2019. 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.