Master of Education (MEd)
The Master of Education (MEd) is designed to advance the knowledge base of certified teachers, provide preparation for individuals interested in leadership positions in schools and school districts, and prepare school counselors.
Program areas include: educational leadership; gifted education, special education, counseling with concentrations in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling; and curriculum and instruction with specializations in early childhood education, elementary education, English education, foreign language education, language arts/children’s literature, mathematics education, reading/literacy, science education, social studies education, and special education.
The school-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and instruction requires 36 hours of credit at the graduate level. Students may opt to do a thesis project, a non-thesis project, or neither.
The curricular requirements include:
- At least 18 hours at the 7000 level or above (excluding thesis research hours).
- At least 21 credit hours within the School of Education.
- A core area of 12 hours including at least 3 hours each in curriculum studies, research, technology, and humanistic and behavioral studies.
- 12 hours in an area of specialization. Specializations may include early childhood education, elementary education, English education, foreign language education, language arts/children’s literature, math education, reading/literacy, science education, social studies education, and special education.
- Six to twelve hours of electives selected in consultation with the major advisor.
The student must pass a comprehensive final exam consisting of a series of written questions pertaining to the student’s specialization.