Master of Education

Offered at Pacific University's Eugene and Forest Grove campuses, the Master of Education program is for licensed teachers who want to deepen their expertise with a specialization. Candidates also can earn an Oregon Professional Teaching License as part of the degree. 

The program consists of two core areas: the Foundation Core and the Specialization Core, as well as electives comprising a total of 30 semester credits.

All candidates complete the courses in the Foundation Core.

Candidates choose to specialize in one of the following areas, taking courses listed in one of Pacific's endorsement or certificate programs:

In some cases, candidates have an opportunity to add some electives into their Specialization Core area.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Master of Education program is designed for practicing teachers who want to deepen their expertise with a specialization, specifically in curriculum and instruction. Students develop nuanced understandings of best practices that enable them to assume leadership roles in schools and other educational organizations. Depending on the area of focus, students will understand the dynamic nature of school reform and its impact on teaching and learning; how different teaching modalities encourage learning; how advances in cognitive science inform pedagogy; the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexual orientation dynamics inform and influence teaching; as well as how the history of education in America influences present practice.


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Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 |

Professor; Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Forest Grove)
Director, School of Learning & Teaching
Associate Professor of Education
Section The Foundation Core Credit Hrs
EDUC-670 Introduction to Professional Inquiry 1
EDUC-671 The Scholarship of Teaching 1
EDUC-674 Planning the Inquiry Project 2
EDUC-675 Completing the Inquiry Project 2
  One Technology Course: EDUC-682 Technology Enhanced Learning Environments (2cr) recommended. An alternative course will be accepted upon approval of the program advisor. 1-2
Elective Courses
EDUC-611 Meeting the Needs of All Learners 3
EDUC-616 School and Community Leadership 2
EDUC-660 Advanced Teaching and Learning 2
EDUC-625 Portfolio Development (for Professional Teaching License only) 1
EDUC-686 Portfolio Presentation (for Professional Teaching License only) 1
Total credits required for MEd 30

Note: Any candidate not adding an endorsement or authorization as part of a MEd program will need to take at least one class related to curriculum/curriculum development and one class dealing with differentiation as electives. Listed above are suggested courses.