Masters and Non-Degree Programs

Masters of Education, Post Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Programs

The College of Education offers six Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs for adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree (i.e., you are post baccalaureate), may have some professional work experience, and want to obtain teaching credentials. This program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners, with courses offered in the evenings and/or offered in a blended or online format. The program of study combines course work and field experiences to prepare candidates for teacher licensure.


M.Ed., Elementary Education M.Ed., Middle Grades Education
M.Ed., Secondary Education M.Ed., PreK-12 Education
M.Ed., Special Education: General Curriculum


The College of Education offers four Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees for Professional Development or Added Endorsement is offered for practicing teachers who already possess initial licensure and is designed to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, master’s level licensure for teachers and other school personnel, or endorsements in teaching or administration. Students in these programs must possess a collegiate professional or postgraduate professional Virginia license.

Accelerated Master of Education for Instructional Improvement (M.Ed)

The Accelerated Masters of Education for Instructional Improvement offers licensed teachers the opportunity to develop research skills, enhance their practice, and explore an area of professional interest through course selection within a cognate.

Students completing this program will develop and a conduct culminating research project. This pathway will be offered in a cohort format and is designed for professional development and does not lead directly to state endorsement or licensure.

Literacy Cognate Special Education Cognate

Please visit the Graduate Admissions page for more details.

Master of Education, Professional Development or Added Endorsements

Professional Developments or Added Endorsements:

Special Education: Adapted Curriculum Educational Leadership – Not currently accepting students
Special Education: General Curriculum Literacy Specialist – Not currently accepting students


For any questions regarding programs or initial program advising, please contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032