Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education program will enrich and advance teachers with a focus on the current areas of teaching and learning. Earning a M.Ed. 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.

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.

  • 33 credit hours
  • Take classes one night a week
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

All courses in the degree program are presented in an online learning delivery format.  However, to assist the online learner, each course offers three optional on ground support seminars. The enrolled candidate may choose to attend or not attend (class attendance and final grades are based solely on weekly submission of online assignments and assignment grades).

Support Seminars are held either during a week night evening session or a Saturday morning session. Sessions are held on the first (1st), fourth (4th), and seventh (7th) weeks of each eight (8) week course term. Support Seminars have been designed to encourage, support, and assist candidates in their studies and to provide an opportunity to meet with their professor and colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity for the online learner to experience live person-to-person interaction, have questions answered, and dialogue with the professor regarding course procedures and course content.  It also provides an occasion to network with other professional educators enrolled in the course.

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.

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 M.Ed. 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

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.Ed. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average on the first nine semester hours of graduate work in order to continue in the program. Students may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee.

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).

In today’s classroom the use of technology in education has become popular and many teachers are seeking supplemental knowledge in this area. Candidates enrolled in the masters of education program at Belhaven University are required to take a core of courses for 21 hours. In addition, students in education and technology can take 3 courses in this area of emphasis for 9 credits. The degree program concludes with a comprehensive capstone course. This educational technology emphasis will enable the candidate to expand their technological expertise.*

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* Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed.  Belhaven University does not guarantee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certifications or endorsements within states other than Mississippi.

This degree has been designed as support for those teacher/educators desiring to earn their National Board Teacher Certification while also working on their Master of Education degree.  Applicants for this program will have met the eligibility requirements defined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and have made the initial application process with NBCT prior to taking courses.  The benefits of National Board Certification are significant and can strengthen practice, help teachers improve student performance, develop and demonstrate leadership skills, help expand influence and expertise, advance careers, provide portability, offer higher salary potential and advance education as a profession.

The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education has developed three, sixteen week (one semester) Master level courses to be included as part of the Master’s of Education degree with support for National Board Teacher Certification. These three courses have been uniquely designed to support and benefit individuals who have officially registered, applied, and met the eligibility requirements of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to be permitted to work towards National Board Certification.  Each of the three courses has been designed to correspond to one of the three NBCT portfolio components. The three online NBCT support courses are the only courses out of the eleven (11) required courses that are scheduled over a sixteen (16) week semester timeframe. All other courses run for a period of eight (8) weeks and are taught online.  Two courses can be taken over the period of one semester.

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.

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NOTE: Students seeking teaching National Board Certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all NBPTS requirements. Completion of the Master of Education does not guarantee National Board Certification.

These rates are for August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Graduate MED/MSA/EdS/EdD $525
Grad. Certificate - Sports Admin. $525
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $420

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