Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate Program | 30-31 credit hours

BVU offers three tracks in an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program for working teachers seeking to advance their career in the classroom. Students in our program for adult learners can achieve their Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction through our online master’s in education programs. 

Emphasis in Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership

  • Equips you with the skills necessary to serve as an instructional leader among your peers
  • Gives you the knowledge necessary for data driven leadership
  • Enables you to put your learning into practice in the classroom right away

Emphasis in Talented and Gifted Education

  • Equips you with the knowledge base for effectively serving learners who have been identified as talented and gifted
  • Prepares you with best practice models of teaching talented and gifted learners
  • Gives you the knowledge and skills to serve administrate and supervise talented and gifted program

Emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Prepares you to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings
  • Gives you knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, and techniques
  • Designed to allow you to effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students.

You can begin advancing your career today with a master’s degree in education at Buena Vista University. Our Master of Education can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to take the next step in academia, in Iowa and beyond. Because classes are online, anytime is the perfect time to complete your master’s in teaching. There is no need to put off earning your Master of Education in Iowa any longer. 


Courses

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Core (12 credit hours)

  • GEDU 510 Intro to Graduate Study & Research (required first course)
  • GEDU 512 Learning, Development & Motivation
  • GEDU 517 Social and Cultural Foundations
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning

Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership (18 credit hours)

  • Equips you with the skills necessary to serve as an instructional leader among your peers
  • Gives you the knowledge necessary for data driven leadership
  • Enables you to put your learning into practice in the classroom right away
  • GECI 501 Principles of Instructional Design & Curriculum Planning
  • GECI 502 Cognition and Instruction
  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 504 Professional Development and Instructional Leadership
  • GECI 505 Collaborating with Home, School & Community Partners
  • GEDU 591 Capstone Portfolio

Teaching English as a Second Language (19 Credit Hours)

  • Prepares you to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings
  • Gives you knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, and techniques
  • Designed to allow you to effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students.
  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 541 Second Language Acquisition
  • GECI 542 Applied Linguistics
  • GECI 543 Methods and Curriculum Development in TESL
  • GECI 544 Assessment Issues in Second Language Learning
  • GECI 558/9 Practicum in Teaching ESL (K-6) or (7-12)
  • GEDU 592 Capstone Portfolio

Talented and Gifted Education Track (18 credit hours)

  • Equips you with the knowledge base for effectively serving learners who have been identified as talented and gifted
  • Prepares you with best practice models of teaching talented and gifted learners
  • Gives you the knowledge and skills to serve administrate and supervise talented and gifted program
  • GECI 506 Psychology of the Gifted
  • GECI 507 Gifted Education Programming
  • GECI 508 Action Research and Practicum in Gifted Education
  • GECI 509 Administration and Supervision in Gifted Education
  • GECI 510 Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners

Talented and Gifted Electives (choose one)

  • GECI 511 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Gifted Education
  • GECI 512 Creativity
  • GECI 513 Thinking Skills for Gifted Learners

Tuition & Fees

2013-14 Tuition:
$488 per credit hour
2014-15 Tuition:
$504 per credit hour

How to Apply

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants who cannot meet this requirement may be considered for probationary admission status and may enroll in up to nine hours of graduate study at BVU. These applicants will be reviewed at that time and pending successful completion of these nine hours (at least a "B" in each course), may be granted full status.
  • Copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.

Application Process

  1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
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  2. Three letters of recommendation. One from your principal, one from a colleague, and another from a reference of your choosing.
  3. Official transcripts from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts.
  4. Provide a copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

Financial Aid

Grants

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students to students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

Graduate Opportunity Grants

  • Opportunity Grants available from BVU for the Master of Education program (online)
    • BVU Graduate Opportunity Grant for Graduate Studies
      • $130 per credit hour grant for those who have graduated from either an undergraduate or graduate program at Buena Vista University (as determined by the Registrar's Office) and are teachers currently employed in P - 12 teaching positions.
  • Note - These grants are only available for the M.Ed online program.  Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program are only eligible to receive one of the grant programs listed above.

Loans available

  • Federal Direct Loans are available to students who complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enroll at least half-time in college. The Budget Control Act eliminated the availability of Federal Direct Subsidized Loans to graduate and professional students effective for loans made for periods of enrollment (loan periods) on or after July 1, 2012 and the availability of certain repayment incentives for loans made on or after July 1, 2012.  The annual loan limit for graduate and professional students remains unchanged at $20,500, but this amount will now be limited to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. With a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, students are responsible for all interest charges upon receipt of the loan. The interest rate for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is 5.41%.  The aggregate maximum a graduate or professional student may borrow is $138,500.  No more that $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.  The graduate debt limit includes all federal loans received for undergraduate study.
  • Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans are available to graduate or professional degree students enrolled at least half-time at an eligible school in a program leading to a degree or certificate.  A credit check will be performed during the application process.  If you are eligible for the Direct Grad PLUS Loan, you will be required to sign a Master Promissory Note, agreeing to the terms of the loan.  Graduate and professional students will also be required to complete entrance counseling before receiving a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan.  The maximum PLUS loan amount graduate students can borrow is the cost of attendance minus any other financial assistance received.  The fixed interest rate for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan is 6.41%.  There is also an origination fee of 4.204%.  As a graduate & professional student, your loan will be placed into deferment while you are enrolled at least half-time and for an additional six months after you cease to be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Alternative Loans (private education loans) are also an option for graduate students.  To see your options and to apply, go to www.bvu.edu/loans and click on the alternative loan tab.  This will take you to the FASTCHOICE web site where you can compare different lender loans and see what option works best for you.
  • Enrollment - Federal loan eligibility is restricted to students who are enrolled in a  program as a half-time student. Half-time status in the M.Ed. program is defined as three credit hours per semester. To qualify for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, fill out the online FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid - after January 1.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at Buena Vista University, 800.383.2821, ext. 2164, for more information or visit BVU's Financial Assistance website.

For more information, visit the Iowa College Student Aid Commission web site.

Payment

After all financial assistance is applied to the student account, students will be expected to pay the balance prior to the first class meeting. Students may pay:

  • by mailing a check covering the tuition for the course (be sure to indicate the course number and title) to:
    Business Office 
    Buena Vista University 
    610 W. Fourth St.
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  • by phoning the Business Office at 800.383.2821, ext. 2041 to make payments by credit card.
  • in person at the Business Office. Cash, checks and the following credit cards are accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

Contact Us

Main Phone 800.383.2821
Graduate Admissions 866.449.7059
Fax 712.749.1470

Buena Vista University
610 West Fourth Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows XP or Vista or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+ or Mozilla Firefox 3+ (note: Safari and Chrome are not supported by our Learning Management System)
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh)