Sep 22, 2023  
2013-2014 General Catalog 

Master of Education

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Program Information

Director, Master of Education: Tom Cunningham, ED 304, (435) 865-8242

Program Specialist: Sandy Ward
ED 316 ~ (435) 865-8759

Graduate Faculty: For information on graduate faculty, please go to our faculty and staff webpage at:


Degrees Offered

Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) 

 Emphasis available in:

  • Reading
  • English as a Second Language
  • Technology Education
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Elementary Math

Endorsements (may be used for elective credit) for a Master of Education Degree

  1. Reading  (also offered in district sponsored professional learning communities)
  2. English as a Second Language  (also offered in district sponsored professional learning communities)
  3. Technology Education  (also offered in district sponsored professional learning communities)
  4. Gifted and Talented  (offered in district sponsored professional learning communities only)
  5. Elementary Math  (offered in district sponsored professional learning communities only)
  6. Library Media  (may also be used for elective credit for a Master’s degree. The Program is offered through the Library. Please refer to Library Media for more information.

Overview of Program

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development’s Graduate Studies in Education programs have been tailored to meet the needs of practicing educators who desire to advance their educational training and expertise. The faculty and staff believe that educators are faced with a variety of challenges and needs. The programs provide multiple distance, face-to-face, and blended learning opportunities for individuals who desire to obtain a Master of Education Degree, an Administrative/Supervisory License, and/or specific endorsements to become highly qualified in critical areas of need.


Graduate Studies in Education

To engage lifelong learners in Utah and beyond.

Master of Education Program

The mission of the Graduate Studies in Education is to develop dynamic professional educators, educational administrators, and leaders who constantly search for truth, excellence and knowledge through effective practice, collaboration and scholarship.

Department/Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of Graduate Studies in Education is to prepare professional educators who are:
• Caring
• Competent
• Knowledgeable

Professional educators seeking graduate degrees and/or administrative endorsement meet the Highly Effective or Distinguished levels of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and National Boards of Professional Teaching Standards as teachers and/or the Utah Educational Leadership Standards as administrators.

Other Information

National Standards

Programs of study within Graduate Studies in Education are aligned to national standards. Among these are:

  • NBPTS Standards: The Five Core Principles of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) guide and provide a conceptual framework for the operation of the M.Ed. Program.
  • Utah Standards: The professional development program is aligned with Utah Standards.

Application and Admission Procedures

Note: Admission to Graduate Studies in Education programs is a separate process from admission to the Southern Utah University School of Graduate Studies. For detailed directions on SUU School of Graduate Studies application procedures, potential candidates applying individually should refer to the Graduate Studies in Education webpage:

Admission Requirements for Graduate Studies in Education Programs

All requirements for each program must be met prior to admission to the program.

For specific requirements for Graduate Studies in Education Programs, please see our website at: for the Master of Education degree. for non-degree professional development

GPA Requirements

If an applicant’s GPA does not meet the 3.25 requirement, but the GPA is between 3.0 and 3.24, the applicant will need to either complete the MAT (Miller’s Analogy Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam). On the MAT, the applicant must receive 370+; and for the GRE, the applicant must receive 1020+. Applicants must pass either of these two tests within their first semester.

Examination Requirement

All degree-/license-seeking applicants must take and pass the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the ETS® Personal Potential Index. Acceptable scores on the GRE must be at or above the 65th percentile on each of the sections-Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. The GRE has a reporting life of five years. If it has been more than five years since it was last taken, you will need to retake the test. If the version you took did not include the written portion or the Personal Potential Index, you will need to take this portion or retake the test according to ETS® policies and procedures.

Application Deadlines

Applications are not processed until they are complete. To ensure that your application can be processed in time to register for the next semester, all application materials must be completely filled in and received in the Graduate Studies in Education office by the following dates:

To Begin Taking Classes in:  Application Deadline
Spring November 15
Summer April 15
Fall July 15
Orientation Information

Before being admitted and cleared for appropriate coursework, applicants must also complete an orientation session. Orientation sessions will be held via IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) at least two weeks prior to deadline for applications and submission of all required documents. You may contact the department at 435-865-8759 or for details.

General Program Information
  • Master’s, Licensure, and Endorsement programs must be completed within six (6) years of beginning coursework after admission. Up to twelve (12) credits of approved graduate coursework may be used as elective credits toward the M.Ed. Credit may be no older than 10 years at the time of program completion.
  • Graduate students must earn a 3.0 GPA each semester. If the overall GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation for one semester. At the end of the probationary semester, if the GPA is not a 3.0, the student will be dropped from the program. A C+ grade or below is considered a failing grade. If a student earns a C+ or below in a course, the course must be retaken. NO OTHER courses may be taken (even concurrently), until the grade has been raised to the minimum B-. Failure to raise the grade in two subsequent attempts will result in the student being dropped from the program. Students dropped from the program may apply for readmission after a five-year period has passed.
  • Graduate students must display professional dispositions, including, but not limited, to academic integrity, throughout their course of study. Student performance reviews occur routinely during graduate faculty meetings and concerns regarding student dispositions are discussed. If warranted, concerns will be addressed through various means which may require action from the student before continuing in the program.
  • Incidents of academic dishonesty will be investigated and could impact the final grade in the course and/or status in the program. Section II C. 2 b. of the SUU Student Handbook prohibits “Cheating, forgery, plagiarism or other use of work belonging to another person.” As stated in the SUU Catalog, “If a student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the student may be dismissed from the class and may receive a failing grade. Other penalties may include suspension or expulsion from school.” The Department of Graduate Studies uses plagiarism detection software on submitted work.
  • Information on Individual Study Courses can be acquired through the Office of Graduate Studies in Education. There is an additional fee for Individual Study courses.
  • If a student misses more than two consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions, the student must apply for readmission and is subject to current catalog requirements at the time of readmission.
  • You will not be required to attend classes at SUU to complete this program. The courses are offered online with interactive experiences that are Internet-based or at Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) site locations throughout Utah. All courses will have semester-long online components.
  • Due to the rigorous nature of graduate studies, students must have special permission from the Graduate Studies in Education Office to enroll in more than six (6) hours/credits during fall or spring semesters. Students may enroll for no more than 12 hours/credits during the summer.
  • M.Ed. candidates on a thesis track will need to have approval from their Thesis Committee Chair to register for EDUC 6933 - Capstone Master of Education Thesis  in the semester they wish to defend their project. If the defense is not completed in the semester in which they register, the candidate must enroll in EDUC 6931 - Capstone M. E.d Seminar (1 credit), for up to one or two semesters thereafter, until their Capstone Project is completed. This includes the Master of Education Capstone Portfolio course (EDUC 6932 ).
  • Policies and procedures are subject to change. 


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