Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Five 1-credit online, self-paced, graduate professional development courses beginning
June 1, 2019.
EDGD 503 – 2
Classroom Management by Robert Marzano
EDGD 503 – 3
Better Conversations by Jim Knight
EDGD 503 – 4
Mindset by Carol Dweck
EDGD 503 – 5
Collaborative Leadership by Peter Dewitt
EDGD 501 – 7
Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Why study Master of Education?
Building on a strong initial licensure teacher education program, the Master of Education
program through five of its emphases seeks to develop strong teacher leaders and address
PK-12 practitioner needs in the areas of Early Childhood, English as a Second Language,
Special Education, Reading and Talented and Gifted.
UIU’s Master of Education program is designed to increase your skill set when working
with students as well as enhance your knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be an
effective leader in your discipline. Classes are taught by individuals who have strong
hands-on experience teaching in K-12 and working in Higher Education. Course scheduling
is flexible- take classes online and/ or at select centers in Iowa.
The Andres School of Education at Upper Iowa University offers the Master of Education
program with emphases in Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Instructional
Strategist, Reading, Talented and Gifted, Teacher Leadership, and Higher Education.
Through a partnership with The 2 Sisters, graduate-level courses for teaching literacy
and math skills, Daily 5© and Daily 3©, are available. UIU is the only institution
endorsed by The 2 Sisters to offer graduate level coursework in Daily5©/CAFE and Daily
3©. Programs are offered on campus, at some of the UIU centers, and online. Check
the specific program to determine availability.
Within the M.Ed. emphases, UIU offers advanced coursework in the areas of Early Childhood
Education, English as a Second Language, Reading, Special Education, Talented and
Gifted, Teacher Leadership and Higher Education. Additional information specific to
the curriculum is available in the M.Ed. Handbook.
Requirements for admission to the Master of Education program can also be found in
the M.Ed. Handbook.
- Early Childhood
- Birth-Grade 3: Inclusive Settings
- English as a Second Language
- English as a Second Language K-12
- Instructional Strategist
- Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (K-8 and/or 5-12)
- Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities K-12
- Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities K-12
- Reading (K-8 and/or 5-12)
- Reading Specialist
Four 15-credit certificate programs are offered at Upper Iowa University: Literacy
Coach and Teacher Leadership. Six of the 15 credits may be transferred for the certificate.
Financial aid is not available for certificate programs.
Available only at UIU:
Ask about our special grants for non-degree seeking students. Financial aid is available
for students enrolled in the M.Ed. In addition to student loans, qualified applicants
can receive up to $4000 a year in TEACH grants.
Master of Education Program (M.Ed.) Locations and Course Offerings
Master of Education Program (M.Ed.) is offered at each of the locations listed below.
Course scheduling is flexible - take classes online and/or at any of the centers.
Course schedules for each location are available by clicking on the links.
Frequently Asked Questions
What different emphasis areas are available in the Master of Education Program?
- Upper Iowa University Master of Education has 7 areas or emphasis: Early Childhood,
English as a Second Language, Higher Education, Instructional Strategist, Reading,
Talented and Gifted, and Teacher Leadership.
How long does the Master of Education Program take to complete?
- The program is designed to be completed in two years if the candidate takes one course
What is the cost per credit hour for Master of Education courses?
- The 2018 - 2019 cost per credit hour is $465. There is an introductory rate of $300
per credit hour for the first two graduate courses when paying out-of-pocket beginning
How many credits are required for a Master of Education degree?
- Each area of emphasis require 36 credit hours; nine of which are core courses.
How many credits can transfer to the Master of Education Program?
- Upper Iowa Master of Education allows up to 12 graduate credits to transfer towards
an emphasis. Transfer credits need to be relevant to the Master of Education degree.
How are the classes offered?
- All of the graduate level courses are offered online.
Can I complete multiple endorsements at the same time within my M.Ed. degree?
Will I be able to balance taking classes while working full-time?
- Yes, most graduate candidates are working full-time and taking graduate level courses.
Upper Iowa’s unique five 8-week sessions and one 6-week accelerated summer session
allows candidates to focus on one 3-credit, online course per session. This allows
the candidate to be a full-time graduate candidate to be eligible to receive financial
Can I use financial aid for the Master of Education degree?
- Yes, taking one course per session is considered full-time at the graduate level and
does qualify to apply for financial aid.
When can I start? Is there a sequence I need to follow?
- Upper Iowa’s unique five 8-week sessions and one 6-week accelerated summer session
allows candidates to start at the beginning of any session. Tentative degree plans
are created based on the start of the emphasis and courses are offered often enough
to provide flexibility in starting and completing the Master of Education degree when
it works for YOU!
What are the expectations for the Clinical Teaching Experience?
- Clinical Teaching Experience is a graded experience required to obtain a special education
or ESL endorsement. If the candidate is currently working with students for which
the endorsement would cover, the candidate can complete the Clinical Teaching Experience
in his/her own classroom. A colleague licensed in special education or ESL will serve
as a cooperating teacher and a University Supervisor will be secured. The special
education experience is four credits and is 4 weeks long; the ESL experience is one
credit and is one week long. A Clinical Teaching Handbook is available for each placement
explaining the expectations of the candidate.
When is EDU 590 Capstone Seminar taken?
- EDU 590 Capstone Seminar is offered sessions 1, 3, and 5 and is taken as the last
course in the program.