M.Ed. in Education: Core Requirements

The M.Ed. in Education is a 30-credit degree designed to support the professional practice of in-service teachers. 

All Students are Required to Take: 

  1. EDUC 533: Educational Psychology of Learning, Cognition and Memory
  2. EDUC 506: Social Justice Education and Teaching
  3. EDUC 515: Action Research

Course descriptions can be accessed via the Iowa State course catalog

Note: All three of these courses will have an online option.

The 18 credits of coursework that are in addition to the 12 credits of coursework in the division-level core are determined by any area (e.g. STEM) or emphasis (e.g. educational technology) specific requirements and in consultation with the students’ major professor. A major professor will be assigned at the point of admission. 

  • Students may transfer in courses that substitute for the Division-level course requirements if there is agreement among area faculty that the student has already taken an equivalent graduate course at another institution or ISU. ISU/SOE policy allows up to 9 credits to be transferred to a master’s degree program. No more than 6 of those credits may be 8-10 years old. At least 22 credits must be earned at ISU.

Note: All students admitted to start fall 2018 or later have the following requirements. If you were admitted to start prior to fall 2018, please see the previous M.Ed. requirements.