Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction


The Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed for persons who desire to engage in graduate studies that will help them improve their competencies as educators. The MEd coursework degree (Professional/Plan C) program is the most pursued degree option and is available for students both at the Logan campus and at Statewide campuses. At the conclusion of the program, each student must complete/submit the following:
       · exit interview
       · exit survey

For candidates whose long-range goals include the pursuit of a doctoral degree, the Master of Science (Plan A) program may be a better choice to acquire research skills.

This program does not necessarily lead to a recommendation for teaching licensure from USU. Licensure is obtained directly from the Utah State Board of Education.

Degree Requirements
  • 30 total credits of coursework
  • 15 credits of core courses
  • 15 credits of supporting coursework approved by the committee chair
  • All courses require a grade of C or better and students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or

How to Apply

Important Information

Credit Restrictions

The following restrictions should be understood by all students who are taking master’s level courses who have not been admitted to a master’s degree program. Admitted students are also required to be aware of these credit restrictions.

  • Students may transfer up to 12 credit hours of 5000 or 6000-level graduate coursework from another institution into a USU Master's program. Such courses can include courses required for a specialization.
  • USU will accept transfer courses at either the 5000 or 6000-levels provided they appear on a graduate transcript, and meet one of the following criteria:
    • Approved endorsement courses that meet USBE Endorsement requirements and carry equivalent content and a similar title, or
    • Other classes that, following faculty review of the class syllabus, align with required research courses or graduate level electives.
  • Workshop courses from other universities at the 5000-level (or lower) may not be transferred to USU/TEAL graduate programs.
    • Classes taken from USU for CEU credits can be transferred to academic credit with departmental approval and payment of transfer fees. For additional information see the CEU Transfer Form.
  • P/F grades will be accepted only for seminars, special problems, interdisciplinary workshops, thesis research & continuing graduate advisement.
  • Coursework taken more than 8 years prior to the semester of graduation cannot be applied toward the master's degree.
  • Any approved transfer courses can be used for no more than 50% of the required courses for a USU specialization.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include a GPA of 3.0 over the last 30 credits taken prior to the application, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose outlining your desire to pursue graduate studies.

Degree Completion and Commencement

Notify Heather Ericson ( at the beginning of the semester you plan to complete your degree. She will complete and submit a Completion of Requirements form to the School of Graduate Studies, which is required at the beginning of the semester that you plan to complete.

Letter of Completion

It is the responsibility of the Graduate Program Coordinator to see that a Letter of Completion is sent from the School of Teacher Education and Leadership to the School of Graduate Studies once a student has completed all requirements. Chairpersons/advisors please notify the Graduate Program Coordinator when a student has completed all program requirements so the letter is sent for your program.


Graduation deadlines published by the Utah State University School of Graduate Studies are strictly enforced. Students should be certain to obtain a copy of these deadlines from the Graduate School for the year in which they intend to complete their degree, and plan their programs, projects, and oral examination accordingly.

Financial Aid

For financial information, including scholarships, please refer to the School of Graduate Studies Cost and Funding page.

Master of Education Planning Guides  

Course Work Only Planning Guide

Course Delivery Plan

Program Director

Max Longhurst

Max Longhurst

Professional Practice Associate Professor

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Phone: 435-797-7093
Office Location: EDUC 382

Assistant Director

Emma Mecham

Emma Mecham

Professional Practice Assistant Professor

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Phone: 435-797-8435
Office Location: EDUC 333

Graduate Program Coordinator

Heather Ericson

Heather Ericson

Graduate Program Coordinator

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Phone: 435-797-1473
Office Location: EDUC 375