Education - Professional Studies
Marymount’s Master of Education in Professional Studies program is designed for those students who are not seeking a teaching license. Students in this program may be practicing teachers; education professionals who are not working in a classroom setting such as an educational agency, museum setting, or government position; or students who intend to teach in international or private schools.
Along with completing a core of professional courses intended to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions basic to the field of education, students will complete an emphasis area and professional project designed to meet the individual needs, interests, and goals of the student.
Students meet one-on-one with the Education Department chair and map a unique program of studies in one of the professional studies concentrations: Teaching and Learning, Exceptional Students, or ESL.
This program is offered on the Main Campus in a self-paced traditional format or through a part-time weekend cohort through Marymount’s Reston Center, typically completed in two years. Classes in the traditional format program are scheduled in late afternoon and evening. Most students complete the Main Campus program in two to three years.
Internships & Careers
Students complete specific field experience hours through coursework at the school in which they are currently teaching or in schools arranged by Marymount's Department of Education Office of Field Experience. MU has partner schools in the greater Washington metropolitan area, including Reston/Herndon and northern Virginia. Placements at these partner schools will help students satisfy field-hour requirements.
After graduating from the M.Ed. in Professional Studies, students are hired in educational agencies, the government, and private and international schools.
Students who are already in school settings often earn the M.Ed. to further their careers.
(Students with an undergraduate education equivalent may waive the content of ED 502 and ED 503 and replace with additional elective hours.)
- ED 502 Foundations of Education
- ED 503 Curriculum: Theory and Practice or ED 584 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction
- ED 508 Special Education and the Exceptional Learner
- ED 526 Cross-cultural/International Curriculum or ED 565 Cross-Cultural Education and Language Arts
- ED 540 Project
- ED 550 Research Methods
- ED 554 Computers and Technology in the Classroom or ED 574 Advanced Educational Technology
One of three professional emphasis areas must also be selected and 15 credits chosen from the following 3-credit classes. Other courses may be selected with the consent of an advisor.
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