Upon admission to the M.Ed. program, you will be assigned a faculty adviser in your chosen program of study. Working together, you and your adviser will prepare a tentative Course of Study to meet your goals and the requirements of the program, the College of Education, and the UW. Although the role of faculty advisers is designed to assist students in completing the M.Ed. degree, it is your responsibility to follow all procedures and understand the requirements of the Graduate School and the College of Education.

Course of Study Forms

Current Course of Study Forms

Curriculum & Instruction(Social Studies, Language, Literacy and Culture, Multicultural Education, Islandwood, and Science Education) 
*If you are a student who started in 2017, please use this Course of Study form 
*If you are a student who started in 2016, please use this Course of Study form

Instructional Leadership 

Learning Sciences & Human Development

Measurement & Statistics

Social & Cultural Foundations

Educational Organization, Leadership, & Policy Studies

Leadership in Higher Education

Education Policy

Special Education

Special Education-Applied Behavior Analysis-On Campus 

Special Education-Applied Behavior Analysis-Online

Course of Study forms for individuals who started prior to Autumn 2015

Excellence in Content Instruction (Math, Science, Social Studies)

Instructional Leadership

Learning Sciences & Human Development

Measurement & Statistics

Social & Cultural Foundations

Multicultural Education

Language, Literacy, & Culture

Educational Organization, Leadership, & Policy Studies

Leadership in Higher Education

Education Policy

Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education

High-Incidence Special Education

Low-Incidence Special Education

Applied Behavior Analysis

Completing Your Culminating Work (Thesis, Project, Exam, Etc.)

Every M.Ed. student must prepare a culminating work prior to graduation. The available options will differ depending on your chosen program of study, but will include at least one of the following:

  • A comprehensive written exam, usually completed in one sitting.
  • Research culminating in a formal master’s thesis, along with an oral defense.
  • A portfolio project on a chosen topic, along with an oral presentation.

Registration for 600 (Independent Study or Research) is appropriate when completing a culminating project or research paper.

You should meet early with your assigned adviser to decide which option is best given your interests and aptitudes. In addition, you should create a plan for how to complete the requirements of a culminating work.

Special Notes for M.Ed. Students Completing a Thesis

A student who chooses to complete a thesis will need to complete at least nine thesis credit hours (700-level). Have your program cleared by your thesis committee before the oral defense. In addition, it is your responsibility to ensure that the thesis meets current Graduate School requirements. See formatting guidelines»

The Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Instructions and the current edition of the Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations are available to assist you.

Once you have successfully defended your thesis and completed any revisions requested by your committee, the remaining step is to submit your thesis to the Graduate School.

  • Make note of the thesis submission deadlines established by the Graduate School
  • Your thesis must also be submitted online by the last day of the quarter.

All title pages and all other pages that require signatures need to bear original signatures. Obtain original signatures on your Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form to be submitted online. See Dates and Deadlines.

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