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Teaching and Learning (M Ed)

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A master’s degree leads to more opportunities in education, from standing out in the applicant pool to having qualifications for leadership positions.

Abilene Christian’s fifth-year Master of Education (M.Ed.) in teaching and learning, designed for high-performing teacher candidates, allows you to begin graduate-level courses in your final undergraduate semester at ACU.

As part of our M.Ed. program, you will participate in a year-long residency in high-needs schools and classrooms, and you will leave equipped to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

Program Overview

Credit hours36
DegreeMaster of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.)
Program length1 year


You will take courses such as:

  • Managing Conflict in the Schools
  • Creating Effective Learning Environments
  • Action Research for Classroom Teachers
  • Overcoming Learning Barriers
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Admission requirements:

Candidates will begin the process by submitting a Statement of Intent in the EDUC 211 semester and will formally apply to the Fifth-Year Master's in Teaching and Learning Degree Sequence during the fall semester, one year prior to matriculation. Applications will be due on November 20 with notification of acceptance prior to the spring semester.

Candidates will then apply to the Graduate School in the fall semester of their senior year to begin taking graduate level courses the following spring, while completing their undergraduate coursework for May graduation.

  • A completed application to the Fifth-Year Master’s in Teaching and Learning Degree Sequence with a statement of purpose and philosophy (maximum of 2 pages with 12 pt. font, double-spaced) addressing one’s motivation for pursuing the degree and describing one’s current philosophy of education. You may submit your application and statement to Dr. Dana Kennamer Pemberton, chair of the Department of Teacher Education, ACU Box 29008;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at ACU;
  • A minimum major GPA of 3.0 at ACU;
  • No grade lower than a B in any Professional Education Courses (EDUC, READ, EACH, SPED);
  • Dispositions Reviews completed by three ACU faculty members (two from the Department of Teacher Education and one from the content area department for middle school, high school and all-levels applicants except special education, or three from the Department of Teacher Education for all other applicants) and submitted in a sealed envelope to Dr. Dana Kennamer Pemberton, chair of the Department of Teacher Education, ACU Box 29008;
  • An interview process may be required for competitive applicants who do not fully meet the above criteria.

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.