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Master’s program designed to help practicing teachers grow and develop in their practice

Classroom teachers looking for a master’s program that permits them to continue to work while learning content and skills to strengthen their impact will find what they want at Carolina.

The Master of Education for Experienced Teachers program – referred to as the School of Education’s MEDX program – is receiving applications now for cohorts that begin their work this summer. The program of studies in the MEDX begins each year in early May, ending in the spring two years later.

“We seek to help teachers develop their capacity to measure their effectiveness, identify and build strong classroom practices and widen their leadership roles within schools and communities,” said Susan Friel, a faculty member at the School of Education and coordinator of the MEDX program.

Learning from each other

Teachers who join the MEDX program do so as groups, entering cohorts that move through courses together, taking opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. Cohorts are formed around specialty areas included in the MEDX, but participants also interact with colleagues in other cohorts.

“We seek to form a community of practitioners who learn from each other because that is the type of engagement we expect our graduates to help build and support in their own schools and other settings,” Friel said.

There are many opportunities to participate in both online and face-to-face learning. Participants meet face-to-face in Chapel Hill, at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, located near I-40 in the northern part of Chapel Hill.

The MEDX program includes an experiential learning component that provides participants opportunities to take part in an Outward Bound wilderness course in western North Carolina, or work at the Hub Farm, an environmental education facility operated by Durham Public Schools. (Learn more about the MEDX’s experiential learning component.)

Specialty Areas

The MEDX has these specialty areas starting in May:

  • Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support (B-K), with an option to obtain additional licensure in special education
  • Literacy (leads to a Reading K-12 license)
  • Science (K-5 exploring ESAoL, 6-9)
  • Social Studies (6-9, 9-12)
  • Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) with an option to obtain additional BK licensure

Teachers completing the master’s degree are eligible for the advanced licensure in their specialty areas if they hold active SP I or SP II licenses. Application deadline is March 8.