Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education meets the needs of professional teachers who already are certified and desire a graduate specialty in elementary education or secondary education. Candidates enrolled in the masters of education program at Belhaven University are required to take a core of courses for 24 hours. In addition, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction students take 3 online courses in this area of emphasis for 9 credits. This 33 hour degree program concludes with a capstone course and comprehensive paper.


Master of Education

The Master of Education program will enrich and advance teachers with a focus on the current areas of teaching and learning. Earning a MED degree can also lead current teachers to leadership roles. This program meets the needs of professional teachers who are already certified. The Master of Education provides advanced pedagogical and research skills to enable one to become a leader in today’s schools.

Belhaven graduate courses for teachers take an in-depth look into the classroom and give teachers the ability to not only evaluate their current methods, but examine the improvement of learning and the implementation of better teaching techniques from a critical thinking perspective.

Belhaven’s Master of Education classes gives teachers, who wish to pursue a masters, distinct advantages by eliminating obstacles like distance and time. Potential students could also qualify for scholarships like the Teach Grant and the Belhaven Classroom Leadership Scholarship.

Through this graduate degree program, students have access to Belhaven’s education professors and the wealth of knowledge they are eager to share. Since Belhaven’s founding in 1883, we have excelled in preparing students to be teachers and are excited to bring our education expertise to the area.

Course Delivery Formats

The Belhaven Graduate School of Education offers two course delivery formats which run for a period of eight consecutive weeks.

  • Hybrid Classes: Offered on the main campus in Jackson and at multiple, convenient locations around the state. All work is submitted and graded through the use of the online Canvas portal. Students have opportunities to meet on location with the professor three times during the course for face-to-face instruction, explanations, discussions and clarifications (week 1, week 4, and week 7)
  • Online Classes: All classes are offered online and work is submitted and graded through the online Canvas portal. Students have email and phone connections with their professors.

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. Both programs also foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.

Belhaven University and the K-12 Teachers Alliance are excited to partner in offering Belhaven’s graduate education degrees in the state of Mississippi.  View specific information about the programs being offered in your area.

Curriculum Summary

Note, the three courses listed in the area of emphasis are online classes.

Course #MED Core CoursesCredits
EDU600 MED Orientation Seminar 0
EDU610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
EDU612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
EDU628 Advanced Instructional Strategies 3
REA617 Content Area Literacy 3
EDU621 Assessing Student Learning 3
EDU623 Technology in Education 3
EDU630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Areas 3
Area of Emphasis - Curriculum and Instruction
These 3 Courses to be completed online
EDU624 Issues and Innovations in Education 3
EDU631 Individual Instruction for Children with Learning Problems 3
EDU636 Supervision of Instruction: Collaborating for Accountability 3
Capstone Course
EDU625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom 3

Admission Information

Offered to students who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program may apply to the Master of Education degree program with evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a Standard license in the area of emphasis for which the student is seeking degree and two years of teaching experience. The MED focuses on the core foundation of the educational profession - teaching and learning.

Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on one of the following:

  • Cumulative from undergraduate/graduate degree granting institution or
  • Cumulative on last 60 hours of undergraduate work

Non-degree seeking students

  • Must submit an official transcript from their undergraduate/graduate degree-granting colleges/universities.
  • After attempting six semester hours, must either apply for admission as a degree-seeking student or make a request to be continued as a non-degree seeking student (maximum of 12 hours).

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