About the M.Ed. and Certificate Programs

The Field-based Graduate Programs in Education offer both a graduate degree as well as an advanced certificate to professional educators who are working in local school communities. We recognize the professional educator’s working environment as a vital center of learning and, as such, all courses occur at a regional site, where educators work together over a period of several years. We offer a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). At the present time, we have multiple field-based graduate education sites in Vermont and also partner with private English-inclusion schools in Monterrey, Mexico.

We believe our program is very unique, since it blends current theory and research with discussion and networking about how to turn "best theory" into "best practice." Other distinctive features about the program include the following:

  • Faculty travel to and conduct program activities at the site as well as use online platforms to maximize flexibility and learning.
  • On-location classes are scheduled using condensed formats on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday during the school year.
  • Recognized as professional colleagues, we act on our constructivist philosophy by having our students play a major role with us in shaping a course of study reflecting their professional goals and District priorities.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program is composed of thirty six (36) credit hours. Thirty (30) of those credits focus on the following areas:

  • Curriculum and Management
  • Teaching and Instructional Technology
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Learning and Development

Six (6) credit hours are assigned to Integrating Activities. These credit hours are the keystone of the program and involve a one-credit ProFile Seminar (also a requirement for admission) and a five credit Action Research Practicum, where students formally address a challenge for the purpose of initiating action in their own classroom.

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) is currently a thirty-one (31) credit advanced certificate for those professionals who already hold a Master's degree. Those students individualize their program based on all graduate course work being offered at a particular site.