Master of Education (MEd) Program

The online Master of Education (MEd) program emphasizes coursework in leadership, management and instruction in a variety of educational and public service settings. The MEd program is of particular interest to individuals with public or private school teaching experience who desire to improve their classroom instructional skills, increase their knowledge of educational administration and advance on their district’s compensation schedules. Additionally, the Master of Education Program features a focused elective track designed specifically for Montessori educators.

The objectives of the Program are:
1. To offer a program of coursework and practical exercises in leadership, management and instruction that will enhance the professional and personal lives of its students.
2. To improve general educational skills allowing students to advance on school district compensation schedules.
3. To prepare professional educators to serve the needs of both public and private institutions from the elementary to postsecondary level in their community and beyond.
4. To employ faculty who are accomplished in their respective fields from both an academic and practical perspective.

Successful graduates of the Program will demonstrate:

  • A working knowledge of the concepts, dependencies and relationships of the social and philosophical foundations of education.
  • How to make appropriate recommendations based on sound reasoning and analysis.
  • Effective and appropriate instructional and leadership techniques that support educational and administrative objectives.
  • Use of theoretical knowledge and contemporary research for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Professional expertise in a number of areas supported by the elective course options of the Program.

Students electing the Montessori Educator’s track will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Montessori educational theories and applications. The University acts to fulfill the purposes of the Master of Education Program through appropriate coursework, coupled with continuing direction, evaluation of student progress, and regular assessment of student learning outcomes, supervised and administered by qualified faculty.

The Master of Education Program is presented on a Semester basis. Students are generally enrolled in 10 units per Semester. Each Semester consists of a minimum time period of 16 weeks from the date study commences. Students not completing all Semester coursework in the 16-week period will be granted an automatic 2 month extension of time to complete the Semester. Students may take a leave-of-absence between Semesters. However, except in special circumstances, the entire degree program (3 Semesters) must be completed within 5 years.

This disclosure provides that William Howard Taft University is institutionally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Master of Education Program is not designed to lead to Professional Licensure or certification and applicants must already be employed at the elementary, secondary, or higher education level in their state. Consequently, a determination has not been made whether the Master of Education program will meet professional licensure for any state. Applicants interested in licensure or credential certification are encouraged to contact the relevant licensing body for their state before enrolling: 

This fall, we’re adding a new learning modality: Directed Study. Students who prefer learning with a cohort and more structure for coursework may choose to start with this learning modality on October 26, 2021 and then on any of three start dates per year ongoing. The Directed Study program is approved by the Department of Education for Federal financial aid funding to cover 100% of the tuition and fees of the degree program.

On October 26, 2021, our Independent Study modality is also changing its program structure. The final start date for our current Master’s Independent Study structure is October 15, 2021.

Read the new MEd Program Catalog here.

And our new Academic Catalog here.

The University’s Directed Independent Study modality recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals enjoy the learning process, and acquire knowledge to better understand and manage their own careers. The Program’s faculty members support the student’s independent-study learning role by guiding and stimulating the learning process in one-on-one interaction. Our faculty members recognize individual learning styles and needs, and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual’s situation.

Each course in the Program contains a series of lesson assignments generally consisting of reading requirements and research projects. Students are evaluated through examinations and/or research assignments which are submitted for faculty evaluation. All assignments are submitted electronically. As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance.


To earn the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree, a student must complete a minimum of 30 Semester units from the courses outlined below with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. The requirements may be completed in as little as twelve months, and must be completed within five years from the date of initial enrollment.

First Semester
(10 units)


Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

3 units


Psychological Foundations of Education

3 units


Teaching & Learning

4 units

Second Semester
(10 units)


Assessment and Evaluation

3 units



3 units



4 units

Third Semester (Electives - Minimum 10 Units Required)


Curriculum Design and Instructional Practices

3 units


Early Childhood Education

3 units


Educational Finance

4 units


Educational Technology

3 units


Introduction to Educational Administration

3 units



3 units


Teaching Reading

3 units

Montessori Educator Elective Track


Montessori Philosophy

4 units


Montessori Classroom Leadership

4 units


Application of Montessori Philosophy at the Early Childhood Level

3 units


Application of Montessori Philosophy at the Elementary Level

3 units

Total Minimum Semester Units Required for Graduation: 30. Students taking the Montessori Elective Track must complete a total of 34 Units.

Admission Policies and Requirements

Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and are currently employed in public or private education at the elementary, secondary or higher education level may apply to the program. The majority of applicants to this program are mature adults working in a variety of professional settings. Many have not attended college for several years. Consequently, prior class rank and grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process.

An applicant may be conditionally admitted into the program based on a completed Application for Admission, receipt of the $75.00 Application Fee, student copies of transcripts reflecting the applicant’s highest relevant degree, and documentation of the applicant’s professional work experience.

It is not necessary to submit official transcripts at the time of application. However, official transcripts must be received by the University within 30 days of enrollment. The University provides students with a form which may be used for this purpose.

Should additional information be required the applicant will be contacted.

All payments must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, or Discover® .

Foreign Applicants and Applicants with International Credentials

It may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to obtain an evaluation of their education from a credential evaluation service approved by the University. Upon request, the Admissions Office will provide a list of approved evaluators. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 71 on the iBT, or its equivalent. For more information on TOEFL visit the website:

Transfer Credit and Portfolio Credit

The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. The University is committed to providing students the greatest opportunity to apply previously earned credit toward their chosen degree program. Subject to the limitations of state and accreditation regulations and academic comparability, students may apply to have credit awarded through completion of:

  • Transfer Credit: Transfer credit toward a degree may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses were completed within the last seven years and are found to meet the standards and learning objectives of the specific course for which credit is sought. The courses considered for transfer must be equivalent in both content and degree level. Transfer credit must be from an accredited institution.
  • Portfolio Credit: Academic credit may be given for adequately documented and validated experiential equivalent learning of a postsecondary nature. Examples include credit for learning acquired through achievement of select certifications, college level equivalent tests, or other postsecondary level equivalent documented learning experience. Students with prior military experience may also apply to have military coursework evaluated for possible equivalent college credit.

M.Ed. students may apply to transfer up to a total of 15 units of Transfer Credit (or a combination of transfer credit and experiential or equivalent credit). A maximum of 7 units may be awarded for adequately documented and validated Experiential or Equivalent Credit.

Financial Information

The tuition for the Program is $275.00 per Semester unit. Tuition rates are “locked” for two years at the time of matriculation. An enrolled student will be protected from future tuition increases during this period of time. Additional information on financial aid and tuition financing can be found under Tuition, Financial Aid and Financing. The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The University does not sell books or materials. Most books and materials may be purchased at local colleges, retail bookstores, directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $150.00 per course. Students are always provided with a mail or Internet source for acquiring all required materials.

California residents can find more information about the California Tuition Recovery Fund here.


Application Fee



Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee



Portfolio Credit Evaluation Fee



Registration Fee

(Per Semester)


Diploma Fee



Computer Library Fee

(Per Semester)


Transcript Fee

(Two Provided at No Cost)


Late Payment Fee 

(Returned Check/Declined Credit Card/ACH) (Per Item)


Student Tuition Recovery Fund *

(California Residents Only)


How to Enroll

If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. Students may elect to begin the Program on the 15th of any month. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express® / or Discover® . Applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office if there are any questions regarding enrollment procedures.

Course Descriptions

  • EDU512 - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 Units)
  • EDU504 - Psychological Foundations of Education (3 Units)
  • EDU521 - Teaching & Learning (4 Units)
  • EDU522 - Assessment and Evaluation (3 Units)
  • EDU513 - Leadership (3 Units)
  • EDU520 - Diversity (4 Units)
  • EDU528 - Curriculum Design and Instructional Practices (3 Units)
  • EDU529 - Early Childhood Education (3 Units)
  • EDU507 - Educational Finance (4 Units)
  • EDU525 - Educational Technology (3 Units)
  • EDU523 - Introduction to Educational Administration (3 Units)
  • EDU530 - Research (3 Units)
  • EDU526 - Teaching Reading (3 Units)
  • EDU630 - Montessori Philosophy (4 Units)
  • EDU635 - Montessori Classroom Leadership (4 Units)
  • EDU640 - Application of Montessori Philosophy at the Early Childhood Level (3 Units)
  • EDU645 - Application of Montessori Philosophy at the Elementary Level (3 Units)

EDU512 - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 Units)

This course deals with systematic philosophies, with attention to individual philosophers who developed important philosophical and educational ideas and with a critique of each philosophy to present its strengths and weaknesses. We also review major social influences as they are applied to current movements in educational instruction, research and curriculum. Prerequisites: None.

EDU504 - Psychological Foundations of Education (3 Units)

This course studies psychological principles as related to learning. Discussion on learning theory, motivation and quantitative methods will be explored. Prerequisites: None.

EDU521 - Teaching & Learning (4 Units)

This course explores models of teaching and learning theories, cognition and curriculum design compatible with brain research. Prerequisites: None.

EDU522 - Assessment and Evaluation (3 Units)

This course introduces the comprehensive assessment and accountability systems and explores the role of multiple measures for increased student learning. Prerequisites: First Semester Courses.

EDU513 - Leadership (3 Units)

In this course, the concepts of leadership and leadership styles will be examined. This course also explores the various concepts of effective management such as vision, shared leadership, collaboration, facilitation, and communication. Prerequisites: First Semester Courses.

EDU520 - Diversity (4 Units)

This course examines diversity in society and in schools. Emphasis is on understanding the similarities and differences in culture, economic backgrounds and academic diversity, which highlights the need for differentiation of instruction. Prerequisites: First Semester Courses.

EDU528 - Curriculum Design and Instructional Practices (3 Units)

This course studies the theories of curriculum design with emphasis on contemporary structures. Various program evaluation methods will be explored. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU529 - Early Childhood Education (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of the stages of development and the learning strategies and assessment methods appropriate for the young learner. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU507 - Educational Finance (4 Units)

This course provides an overview of the economic theories of institutional finance. Emphasis is on the management and evaluation of fiscal operations in an institutional setting. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU525 - Educational Technology (3 Units)

This course provides an introduction to instructional design for electronic learning by providing a study of current practices and emerging technologies. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU523 - Introduction to Educational Administration (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills, and conceptual awareness as related to current and future leadership roles. Course objectives underscore a belief in the value of informed “reflection on practice” both individually and collectively. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU530 - Research (3 Units)

This course places an emphasis on types of research designs and the skills in reviewing researched based programs and practices. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU526 - Teaching Reading (3 Units)

This course explores the interrelated components of language arts regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis will be placed on research based key elements for successful readers. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU630 - Montessori Philosophy (4 Units)

This course focuses on the work of Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the first female to graduate from Italian medical school (1896). Her work as a physician led her to study children who were housed in asylums at the time. From observations of these “deficient” children she devised exercises that allowed them to perform on an academic par with normal children. During this course students will read extensively from Montessori’s own works. Although these are published in book form, many are compilations of lectures presented during public exhibitions and training courses. Contemporary educational practices often echo much of Montessori’s philosophy without giving credit to the woman who originated the method. During this course, students will become familiar with Montessori’s philosophy of education and integrate ways to implement it in the contemporary setting.

EDU635 - Montessori Classroom Leadership (4 Units)

This course explores the integrated factors leading to effective management of a Montessori classroom, with special emphasis on the Montessori approach to discipline, observation, and communication. Students will read from original publications by Montessori as well as auxiliary material for developing and teaching effective communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to devise a template for practicing observation and apply it to videos of an actual Montessori classroom. During the course students will analyze current systems for formal record keeping in a Montessori classroom in order to develop a personal record-keeping method. Prerequisites: Second Semester Courses.

EDU640 - Application of Montessori Philosophy at the Early Childhood Level (3 Units)

This course will focus on practical application of the Montessori approach with children aged three through six years old. The student will examine the scope and sequence of each curricular area of the Montessori Early Childhood Classroom, learn the basic types of lesson presentations utilized by Montessori teachers, and create appropriate activities to incorporate in the approach. Students will read extensively from original works by Montessori.

EDU645 - Application of Montessori Philosophy at the Elementary Level (3 Units)

This course will focus on practical application of the curriculum of a Montessori program at the elementary level for children aged six through twelve years. Students will examine the scope and sequence of each curricular area of the Montessori Elementary classroom. Students will analyze Montessori’s concept of “Cosmic Education,” which is the organizing principle of learning at the elementary level. Students will read extensively from original works by Montessori.

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