The Graduate School of Education (GSE) offers masters of education degree programs for students with a wide range of needs and interests. Some want to become teachers. Others want an additional certificate, for instance, to become a school leader, a counselor, or a learning disabilities teacher-consultant or wish to develop other career skills, for example, to work in college student affairs or with statistics. Still others seek to deepen their knowledge in an area where they already work. They may want to learn more about teaching social studies, mathematics, or another area.
Whatever their future plans, master’s students will find their programs have several characteristics in common. First, each program is solidly based in the theory and most recent research in the field. Second, professors share with students a practical understanding of the field. Third, the faculty strive to give the students the best preparation possible for their chosen line of work. Students leave the program well prepared to become recognized experts at whatever field they study.
Candidates for the Ed.M. degree must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Rutgers. Six of the 30 required credits must be in courses outside the field of specialization of the student’s major program. A minimum of 15 credits must be in courses at the graduate level (numbered 500 or above). Of the 30-credit minimum requirement, 3 or 6 credits may be granted for the completion and successful oral defense of a thesis.
Departments may, and in some cases do, set requirements in addition to the minimum requirements given above. These requirements may include comprehensive examinations and research papers. It is the responsibility of the student to be informed of the standards of the program and department of the major field as well as those of the school.
Transfer credit from schools on the approved list of the GSE may be accepted on approval of the student’s adviser only in programs in which more than 30 credits are required for graduation.