Master of Education

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The Master of Education is a flexible degree enabling educators and future educators to develop their expertise in an area of interest. Students develop skills in the methods of teaching and deepen their understanding of crucial “why” questions in educational practice. Students research an area of interest through action research or a qualitative research project in order to improve their own practice as educators and contribute to the wider field of education.

Who It's For

Teachers of adults, corporate trainers, and leaders in higher education can hone their skills through the Adult Learning Certificate and MED.

Those seeking a Montessori credential can earn Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, or Administrator credentials as part of an MED. 

Licensed K-12 educators can enhance their teaching effectiveness with an endorsement:

  • Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement
  • Special Education second license (K-12 Mild-moderate or Severe)

Key Benefits

  • Small class sizes ensure personalized attention and strong relationships with faculty and peers
  • Unique graduate programs enable you to educate and lead more effectively in high-demand areas
  • Dedicated professors facilitate your learning with cutting-edge content and engaging classes
  • Class assignments connect to your own workplace and educational setting, enhancing understanding of course concepts and information
  • Research project is focused on improving your own educational practice and contributing to the larger field
  • Classes are offered at times convenient for working teachers, para professionals, and professionals.

How Long it Takes

Most students finish the program in two years, but schedules can be customized for a longer time frame.

Students pursuing the Adult Learning Certificate may start any semester.  

Students pursuing Montessori credentials start in May/Summer.

Students pursuing a TESL Endorsement or Special Education second license may start any semester. 

Accreditation Employers Trust

Westminster’s Montessori Programs are all accredited by the leading Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

Licensure programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Other tracks are accredited by the Utah State Board of Education and/or the Northwest Accreditation Commission.

"At Westminster College our goal is to make sure every single one of the students in our program leave ready to teach a student from anywhere with any kind of skill level and meet their needs."

Peter Ingle, Interim Dean, School of Education at Westminster College

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Adult Learning students explore a core of classes in teaching, adult learning, program planning, use of technology, and foundations. Electives enable students to customize coursework and their research project in areas such as corporate training, higher education, professional development, continuing professional education, and teaching English to adults.

Montessori credential programs are MACTE accredited and prepare graduates to facilitate learning effectively in Montessori classrooms at the Infant/Toddler (Birth – 3 years), Early Childhood (3-6 years), Lower Elementary (6-9 years), Upper Elementary (9-12 years), and Administrator levels. Montessori teachers are in high demand in Utah as well as throughout the country.

The TESL endorsement is designed for licensed teachers who are seeking qualification to teach K-12 children from all language backgrounds. In highly interactive courses, students study historical and political foundations of education for English language learners, second language acquisition and effective teaching and assessment methods for multilingual classrooms. Most school districts require teachers to become ESL-endorsed within three years of entering the classroom.

Adding a Special Education license to your basic teaching license enables you to teach K-12 students with mild/moderate and/or severe disabilities. Classes focus on methods of teaching, assessment, behavior management, and collaboration. Special educators are in great demand in Utah as well as throughout the country. 

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Tuition and Fees

32 credits at $695/credit

$22,240 total tuition


Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

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