Master of Education in Education

Program Description

The Master of Education in Education (M.Ed.) program is designed to serve persons in the field of education.  It is designed as a practitioner’s degree enabling students to develop the competencies of accomplished teaching according to the National Board of Professional Teaching standards. Students who wish to pursue the M.Ed. degree must have a bachelor's degree in education, hold a teaching license, or have passed the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET) and an Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT).

Program Objectives

Teaching is in a continuous state of development, and the education of excellent teachers is an ongoing process. Individuals who wish to achieve full potential as teachers continue to strive for both depth and
breadth of knowledge and skills in their discipline.

Current objectives for the M.Ed. program are listed on the Cameron University Transparency webpage.

Program Admission

Students who wish to pursue the M.Ed. should follow these procedures:

  • Apply and be admitted to graduate studies at Cameron University;
  • Provide evidence of holding a teaching license or certificate to the graduate advisor. Those who are not currently certified teachers should refer to the previous section about Alternative Certification;
  • Develop a formal Plan of Graduate Study with the assistance of the graduate advisor;
  • Have two (2) acceptable recommendation forms submitted on their behalf;
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

In addition to the above requirements, students who wish to pursue the M.Ed. Math Specialist option must also:

  • Submit evidence of two years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-5 at an accredited school under a valid state issued teacher credential.

Program Concentrations

The M.Ed. program is designed to serve those educators who wish to enhance their teaching skills. The student must choose to concentrate in one of the following areas:  Literacy, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teaching and Learning (for those who obtain alternative certification), or Elementary Math Specialist.

Program Requirements

A minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours in approved graduate courses is required in each M.Ed. in Education program. Each option requires fifteen (15) hours of core courses and eighteen (18) hours of specialty courses.

I. CORE COURSES (FOR ALL OPTIONS)....................... 15 hours

EDUC 5103 Introduction to Graduate Research

EDUC 5143 Multiculturalism and American Education

EDUC 5273 Advanced Tests and Measurement

EDUC 5333 Elementary Curriculum Development and Practicum OR

EDUC 5343 Secondary Curriculum Development and Practicum

EDUC 5913 Multimedia in the Classroom 

II. OPTION................................................................................ 18 hours

Choose one of the following four options:

Literacy Option**

EDUC 5593 Advanced Adolescent Literature

EDUC 5603 Methods for Teaching Struggling Readers

EDUC 5663 Teaching Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 5693 Advanced Children's Literature

EDUC 5703 Practicum in Teaching and Learning

EDUC 5723 Language and Literacy Development

**Possible prerequisite: EDUC 5873 Foundations of Literacy

Secondary Education Option

EDUC 5073 Advanced Methods in Secondary Education

EDUC 5523 Learning Theories

EDUC 5553 Communicating Through Websites

EDUC 5663 Teaching Reading in the Content Area

EDUC 5703 Practicum in Teaching and Learning

SPED 5413 Instructional Methods for Students with                                                       Mild/Moderate Disabilities 

Special Education Option

SPED 5203 Children and Youth with Special Needs

SPED 5223 Advanced Assessment and Evaluation in Special                                   Education

SPED 5263 Historical and Modern Foundations of Special                                         Education

SPED 5413 Instructional Methods of Students with                                                       Mild/Moderate Disabilities

SPED 5723 Curriculum for Exceptional Individuals

SPED 5623 Practicum: Mild/Moderate Disabilities OR

SPED 5643 Practicum: Severe Profound/Multiple Disabilities

Teaching and Learning Option (for candidates seeking                         Alternative Teacher Certification)

EDUC 5073 Advanced Methods in Secondary School

EDUC 5713 Advanced Foundations of Teaching in the                                                 Secondary School

EDUC 5746 Internship in the Middle/Junior High School

EDUC 5756 Internship in the Senior High School OR

EDUC 5766 Internship in the Elementary School

EDUC 5776 Internship in the Secondary School OR

EDUC 5703 Two 3-hour Practica AND

Two 3-hour Guided Electives (see graduate advisor)

Elementary Math Specialist Option*

EDUC 5153 Number Concepts I

EDUC 5163 Number Concepts II

EDUC 5353 Developing Algebraic Reasoning

EDUC 5363 Developing Geometric Reasoning

EDUC 5243 Community and School Relations

EDUC 5233 Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction

*This option requires an additional entry requirement beyond those  needed for program entry.

Alternative Certification

Candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree with a major in a field of study that corresponds to an area of Oklahoma certification may be eligible for teacher certification through the Oklahoma Alternative Placement Program.  For more information concerning eligibility and the process for becoming alternatively certified, please contact the graduate advisor or go to http://www.ok.gov/sde→ Educators→Teacher Certification→Options for Non-traditional Teacher Licensure and Certification Programs.  Any candidate who plans to pursue or is currently pursuing alternative certification is not eligible for admission to any graduate-level education program until both the OGET and OSAT tests have been passed.  However, candidates who wish to begin their graduate studies while working toward alternative certification may apply for admission under the Degree Seeking-Alternate Placement code.  Candidates are allowed to complete up to twelve (12) credits hours without having passed the exams.  Once the candidate passes both exams, s/he may then be admitted into a Master of Education program.  All coursework completed (up to 12 credit hours) while the candidate was a Degree Seeking-Alternate Placement major will transfer to the Master of Education program provided that the courses taken are part of the M.Ed. Plan of Graduate Study outlined previously.

While all candidates have a choice as to which option they wish to pursue once admitted to the M.Ed. program, the Teaching and Learning option is designed especially for candidates who are alternatively certified.  Under this option, candidates have the opportunity to receive extensive hands-on classroom experience and practice.

Outcome Assessment

Each student must complete an electronic portfolio. The portfolio will be evaluated at the department level at the mid-point (21 hours) of the program and again at program completion.

Degree Conferment

The Master of Education degree will be awarded when the student has met all of the following requirements within six years:

  • Completion of a minimum of 33 graduate hours listed on the Plan of Graduate Study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • Satisfactory score on all recommendations and dispositional assessments;
  • Passing scores on mid- and final-program portfolio checks;
  • Successful completion of the Analysis of Growth paper;
  • No more than two (2) C’s on the Plan of Graduate Study;
  • Completion of the “Application for Graduate Degree” form;
  • Payment of the graduation fee; and
  • Completion of the online exit interview.

Participation in Commencement & Hooding

Please check with the graduate advisor about requirements to participate in commencement and hooding.