The Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) at Utah Valley University is an applied master’s program aimed at building the instructional skills and professional competency of teachers. Currently there are eight emphases for participants: Applied Behavioral Analysis; Educational Technology, Elementary Mathematics; Elementary STEM, English as a Second Language (ESL), Reading I, Teacher Leadership, and Secondary Teaching. Please see information for each emphasis area below.

Core coursework in research methods is required of participants in all options, however, students select a topic for a culminating project according to their interest or area of licensure in K-12 education.

Admission to the Master of Education program is a requirement for enrollment in the following courses.

Core Courses: 12 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
EDUC 6100 Research Methodology 3
EDUC 6110 Applied Statistics for Education 3
EDUC 6200 Master's Project 3
EDUC 6910 Project I 1
EDUC 6920 Project II 1
EDUC 6930 Project III 1


Program Emphases

Students enrolled in the M.Ed. degree program complete 30-36 credits of study. Twelve of these credits will be earned in core courses in research methods, statistics, and project classes. In addition to the core classes, students choose from one of several specialized emphases:

*These options provide the coursework requirements for endorsements from the State of Utah on current Utah teaching licenses. 


Applied Behavior Analysis

Utah Valley University’s 30 credit, face-to-face graduate degree will prepare students to become practitioners of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and to work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will havetomeetadditional requirements to qualify.

Educational Technology*

Utah Valley University’s Master of Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology is designed to prepare teachers to effectively use emerging tools in a variety of educational settings. This emphasis intended to provide educators with an opportunity to develop, expand, and integrate their knowledge of cognition, content, pedagogy, and cultural perspectives in their curriculum.

Completion of the courses in this emphasis can be used to apply for Utah State Board of Education endorsement in Educational Technology to a current teaching license.

Elementary Mathematics*

This program for elementary teachers designed to help them increase their personal understanding of mathematical content, their knowledge of instructional skills, strategies, and resources for math content delivery, and their ability to appropriately assess an increasingly diverse community of learners.

In addition to earning a Master of Education degree, program completers will qualify to apply for an endorsement to their Utah Teaching License in Elementary Mathematics from the Utah State Office of Education.

Elementary STEM*

The Elementary STEM emphasis in UVU’s Master of Education program is designed for K-6 teachers who want to increase their content knowledge in science, math and engineering and gain skill and practice in integrating science, math, engineering and technology content and pedagogy. The goal is to help Utah elementary students become more proficient in their understanding and application of science, math and engineering concepts.

Completion of the courses for this emphasis can be used toward a Utah State Board of Education endorsement to a current Utah teaching certificate.

English as a Second Language (ESL)*

Coursework include classes in Methods of Second Language Acquisition, Theories of Second Language Acquisition, Multicultural Education, Assessment for Language Learners, Literacy and Linguistics for Language Learners, Family and Community Involvement.

Reading I*

Interested in developing your professional skills in teaching reading? The UVU School of Education is beginning a program that will help you finish the course work needed to add a Reading I Endorsement to your Utah Teaching License as you earn your Master of Education degree.

Teacher Leadership

UVU’s School of Education will offer students the opportunity to complete a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with an option to focus on a program of Teacher Leadership with a new cohort beginning in Summer, 2017.

Secondary Teaching

UVU’s School of Education will offer students the opportunity to complete a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with an option to focus on a program of Secondary Teaching.

Students choosing to complete their M.Ed. with an emphasis in secondary teaching will only be admitted to the Master of Education program upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching and/or with verification of an existing teaching license in secondary teaching. Students will not be admitted to this emphasis if they have not received their USBE Secondary Teaching license.


The M.Ed. program is guided by well-defined and appropriate educational objectives that differ substantially from undergraduate goals in their depth and complexity, and in their requirements for intellectual commitment and professional application. Graduate students are expected to know and be able to perform the following skills.

  • Plan curriculum and design instruction to enhance student learning.
    • Participants demonstrate content knowledge, practice age-appropriate pedagogy, and design curriculum based on standards and knowledge of students’ achievement, development, and background.
  • Engage and support all students in learning.
    • Participants are able to engage all students in the learning process by the use of research-validated instructional strategies.  They accommodate individual student’s needs and differentiate instruction to meet these needs.  
  • Assess and evaluate student learning.
    • Participants use multiple sources of formal and informal assessments to verify student learning, inform instruction, and communicate findings to appropriate individuals.
  • Demonstrate professionalism to support student learning
    • Participants practice professional reflection regarding their own instruction.
    • Participants understand and act consistently with education laws and uphold the ethical policies of the University.  They establish professional goals, reflect on teaching, and pursue opportunities to grow professionally.



Key program elements are further defined in order to establish a purpose and scope for course work, as listed below.

  • Participants build professional competence that will allow them to design and evaluate curriculum at the school, district, or state level.
  • Participants build competencies for teaching by researching, implementing, and reflecting on models of instruction and instructional strategies.
  • Participants develop proficiencies in selecting appropriate instructional models and methods to address specific learning objectives through lesson design.
  • Participants understand how current research informs educational practice, including student assessment at the school, district, or state level.
  • Participants build fluency in critically evaluating educational research, theory, and practice used in their daily professional work.
  • As a result of maturing through these processes, students identify themselves as scholar educators and reflective practitioners.