Improve your professional practices by earning a Master of Education degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in education through the Field-based Graduate Programs in Education at Southern New Hampshire University. These part-time graduate programs are designed for educators working in the field and are centered on excellence in teaching and promoting intellectual development, professional empowerment and social responsibility in a supportive environment.
The programs take place off campus in school communities, often in rural settings, as we believe that the professional educator's working environment is a vital center of learning. Graduate courses are taught through a condensed weekend format by faculty members who are known for their expertise in a variety of professional positions in the field of education. In addition to traditional classes, you're able to develop self-designed international and domestic field study opportunities that further your professional skills and knowledge. Scholarships are available to support travel costs. You must be a practicing educator to be admitted.
In the Field-based Graduate Programs in Education, the constructivist philosophy allows students the flexibility to create an area of focus and develop greater expertise at any level, from elementary to high school and beyond, through field-based study. Program instructors provide the most current and best research and practice for students, who may immediately apply them to their classroom and school needs. This individualization allows educators to match the program's content to school-specific needs and cultures.
All courses and program activities occur off-site in cohort models, where area professional educators work together over a period of several years. The networking and collegial support for ensuring ongoing culture-specific change and improvement often continues even after the graduate degree or certificate is completed. An Action Research Practicum replaces the traditional graduate thesis.
The Field-based Graduate Programs in Education currently have locations in St. Albans, Lyndonville, Bennington, Brattleboro, Barre, Hardwick, Milton, Enosburg and South Royalton, VT. The field-based graduate staff is prepared to support graduate sites in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. A minimum of 15 educators interested in pursuing their Master of Education degrees and/or advanced graduate certificates is required for the creation of a new graduate site. Six transfer credits are allowed for the MEd, if they are pre-approved.
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is designed to allow educators to pursue specific education topics through self-designed courses of study. A student must have earned a master's degree from an accredited institution before applying for a CAGS. Thirty-one credits are required and selected from the master's core curriculum and the Courses of Interest. Students work with faculty members and the academic program director to construct a meaningful and cohesive theme. Three transfer credits are allowed for the CAGS, if they are pre-approved. Learn more about the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of enrolling in the Field-based Graduate Programs in Education at SNHU include:
SNHU requires an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission. If you are an international student in need of a visa to study on campus, please see our international admission requirements.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our three 16-week graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within two weeks of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply complete our online application form.
Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.
Open yourself to a transformative experience by earning your Master of Education degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the Field-based Graduate Study Program. Refine your classroom practice by connecting your academic work to the students in your classroom. You'll stretch your perspective by participating in an international field study experience designed around your own learning needs and schedule. You'll also use your strengths as a professional to design ways to have a positive impact on your school. Graduates from our program are routinely invited to assume leadership positions within their school districts, such as district level curriculum coordinators, subject matter teacher leaders, coaches and organizational advisors. In Vermont, participants completing the MEd program meet the requirements for an initial administrative endorsement. Internationally, teachers with systemic awareness and strong pedagogical practice are coveted as professionals who inspire and lead school innovation and redesign. SNHU Field-Based Graduate Programs in Education support the development of those very teachers.
Total Credits: 36
Earning your degree is a smart choice to advance your career, and investing in an affordable program increases your ROI. We keep our costs low to remove barriers between you and your goals.
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher’s license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits.
Professional licensure, certification, endorsement, and salary benefit requirements for educators vary from state to state and district to district. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. It is the students' responsibility to understand and comply with requirements in the state where they intend to work as an administrator or teacher. Students seeking licensure in states other than New Hampshire are solely responsible for determining whether they are eligible for licensure, and before beginning the program, confirming the precise requirements that must be satisfied to be licensed in that state. Students specifically seeking a New Hampshire certificate must meet all of the requirements, policies, and protocols included in the program approval(s) granted to Southern New Hampshire University by the State Department of Education under the auspices of School of Education and Certification Officer.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies.