At the forefront of educational innovation

MEITE is a professional master's degree program, personalized to your goals and interests, that includes an internship with an innovative educational organization. In MEITE, students learn to develop the leading edge of educational technologies and curriculum, and explore, participate and lead organizations that support edupreneurs to scale their ideas to a larger market.

Based in the research triangle, MEITE is working with leading educators, entrepreneurs, and other industry experts to invent the future of education. The program is offered in collaboration with Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Information and Library Science and the Department of Computer Science.

Our Mission

The MEITE program develops leaders in educational innovation who:

  • create learning environments of the future
  • design, scale, and/or commercialize breakthrough educational technologies, pedagogy and curriculum based on the science of learning
  • lead transformational change in technology-intensive learning organizations

Personalized Studies

Program and course work can be customized to each student’s interest (within the three strands of learning science, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship). While the program is housed in the School of Education, students can also take courses in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Information and Library Science, and the Department of Computer Science.

Real-World Experience

MEITE is a professional degree and an internship with an innovative educational organization is a central part of the program. Students will extend their academic experiences into the community in order to understand the challenge of kick-starting innovation in the real-world.

Expert Network

Carolina's School of Education stands at the front of the education revolution. Our faculty includes national and international leaders in the field of learning science, edtech and entrepreneurship, and creating breakthrough learning technologies, curriculum and pedagogy. Our partnership with the Innovate Carolina Network gives you access to over 100 internship placement options, 15 campus-based incubators and accelerators, and multiple funding opportunities to support your next venture.

Program Details

MEITE is a professional degree. Graduates will leave prepared to take leadership positions in the private and public sectors. While the program is housed in the School of Education, students may also take courses in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Information and Library Science, and the Department of Computer Science.

Program Characteristics

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The 36 credit program at UNC-Chapel Hill can be completed as early as one year (fall, spring, summer semesters) by participating in our full-time intensive cohort program. We also offer the option to enroll part-time, two courses per semester on average, giving you flexibility to maintain employment while pursuing the degree. We admit students twice per year (fall and spring), however, thesis projects are completed in the summer.

During a full-time academic year, each semester includes 12 credit hours of coursework (four courses) and 3 credit hours of internship, which are earned by spending eight hours a week (one day) throughout the entire semester. The program concludes with two 8-week summer sessions.

The program of studies includes:

  • Twenty-four (24) credits in content courses
  • Six (6) credits for Fall and Spring internship
  • Six (6) credits of MA thesis project in Summer I and Summer II

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We are interested in supporting your goals and will custom design a program of studies with you to meet your professional objectives and interests.

Every semester we contact over 100 local educational organizations to identify innovation projects and opportunities where they would like to engage with one of our program interns. Students work with their program advisor to identify an internship placement that best meets their needs.The placement can last one or two semesters. Students spend one day per week at their internship over the course of two semesters. Workplace and virtual internships can be considered.

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After completing 30 credits, students will enroll in six credits of thesis project (currently offered Summer 1 & 2 only). The two summer sessions will allow an intensive studio design cycle experience, based on the innovation and design processes the students learn during their coursework. In these two summer sessions,students apply what they have learned to a real innovative educational venture of their own design.

The thesis project will be an educational innovation, grounded in learning sciences research. Most of the projects are likely to involve learning technologies—such as a web-based learning application or a tablet learning game. Many of the projects will emerge from the internship experience.

In addition to presenting the independent study project, students are required to prepare a web-based portfolio—a site that brings together all student work in all courses taken in the program, with visual and text representations of their internship site and internship experience, and their thesis project. The web-based portfolio will serve to demonstrate the graduate’s professional competence, and will be accessible to employers to evaluate the strength and skills of graduates. The student's faculty advisor will review and critique each student’s independent study project and their portfolio.

Program Resources

Program Faculty

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Dr. Lisa Dawley

Director & Clinical Associate Professor

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Dr. Keith Sawyer

Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations

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Dr. Janice Anderson

Associate Professor

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Dr. Jeff Greene

Associate Professor

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Dr. Steve Knotek

Associate Professor

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Dr. Kelly Ryoo

Assistant Professor

How to Apply

Admissions are now open for Fall 2018. The MEITE program accepts applications using rolling admissions. We review your application upon submission and notify you within 2-3 weeks if you are accepted. The program is competitive, accepting a maximum of 20 full-time students each semester. Early application secures your placement.The latest application deadline for fall is June 12, 2018, or when we fill with 20 students, whichever occurs first.

Part-time enrollment for degree-seeking students is also an option.

Financial award decisions (full-time students only) are made in the spring each year. For full financial award consideration, including Merit Assistantships through the Graduate School, apply by December 12, 2017. All remaining financial support will be awarded for applications received by March 1, 2018.

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Admissions Requirements

  • $87.50 Application fee (non refundable)
  • A Bachelor's Degree(based on a four-year curriculum) completed before graduate study begins or its international equivalent with an accredited institution a grade of B (cumulative GPA 3.0) or better
  • Unofficial Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; electronic copies
    We only accept unofficial uploads for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. Instructions for how to submit official transcripts will be included in the admission offer letter.
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  • Contact Information for Recommendations (3)
    We need contact information for three references who will receive a request to electronically submit a letter of recommendation. Recommenders must be people who know you well academically, professionally, and/or personally. At least one of the three letters should be from someone qualified to assess a candidate’s academic ability.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
    Explain your interest in the MEITE program, and how it aligns with your personal and professional goals. Where do you envision yourself going after the program, and how to do see the MEITE degree supporting you to reach your objectives? What is your experience with innovation, learning technologies and/or entrepreneurship? Are you interested in the full-time or part-time degree option?
  • GRE Score-general or GMAT(score within last 5 years, 50th percentile recommended minimum)
    UNC GRE Code: #5816
    GMAT Code: D40-HL-34
  • TOEFL (90 minimum) or IELTS (7 minimum) score (no more than two years old)
    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY

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