Master of Education degree

Graceland University

This field-based Master of Education degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction: Collaborative Learning and Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction in a Quality Classroom, Differentiated Instruction, Literacy Instruction, Management in a Quality Classroom, Special Education, or Technology Integration is designed to promote the professional development of practicing teachers of all grade levels and in all subject areas. A majority of the program learning occurs in small groups with the goal of teachers working collaboratively to improve their professional performance. Program topics, learning experiences and outcomes are based on the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) which are stated as follows:

Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to their students.

Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

Teachers are members of learning communities.

Program Admission and Participation Requirements

The Master of Education admissions policy is designed to select students who have demonstrated academic competence and teaching ability. Criteria for admission to the program:

Completion of a teacher education program with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent foreign institution, verified on original transcripts sent by the undergraduate institution directly to Graceland University. Foreign institution transcripts are to be verified and evaluated by World Education Services ICAP (International Credential Advantage Package). WES ICAP service

IMPORTANT: This program is completed entirely by distance learning and international applicants are not eligible to obtain (or retain) a student visa (I-20 eligibility).

Indication of academic success: 3.0 overall GPA in a completed baccalaureate or graduate program.

A copy of a current teaching license.

Verification of a full-time teaching position as evidenced by letter from school in which teacher is practicing.

Two letters of reference, evaluating personal qualifications and potential for success in graduate studies by qualified educators. International applicant's letters must be written in English.

A statement and explanation of professional goals. International applicant's statement and goals must be written in English.

Verification of ongoing access to computer technology, including e-mail and Internet.

All international applicants must provide official proof of English proficiency before their applications can be considered for admission. This test is waived only for graduates of regionally accredited U.S. universities or universities in English proficiency-exempt countries. Applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country are also exempted from the English proficiency requirements. Graceland University considers the following countries to have English as their native language: Australia, Canada, Commonwealth Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands), Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), and the United States. Applicants must submit the following measures of English proficiency: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ( The minimum TOEFL score required is 550 (paper-based version) or 79 (internet-based version). The TOEFL score must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Graceland University's institutional code is 6249. TOEFL scores are valid for only two (2) years.

Applicants who fail to meet one of the preceding minimum requirements will need to earn a B or higher in the first six hours of study to remain in the program.

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