Education Studies, EdM (Learning and Instruction)

Our master's program in education studies can be taken as is or designed and tailored to meet your interests, as well as your professional and academic needs. This program of study is targeted for those whose goals are broad, interdisciplinary and flexible. You can pursue a focus area that allows you to take maximum advantage of courses and resources in the Graduate School of Education. You have the option to create your own multidisciplinary focus area from within our school and across our departments.

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Learning and Instruction Focus Areas

Why Education Studies at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • program of study that is broad, interdisciplinary and flexible
  • choose from six optional multidisciplinary focus areas
  • creating your own focus area to meets your interests and needs

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 32
Time to completion 3 to 6 semesters
Course delivery On campus
Focus areas
Internship site/Student teaching contact hours 60
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: Feb 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

The specific coursework for each focus area varies. The following general requirements apply to all focus areas.

  • You are required to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate study (16 of those 32 credit hours are required to be taken within GSE). 
  • A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit of graduate courses, completed with grades of “B” or above from an accredited institution, may be included in your program if approved by your advisor and the department.
  • You are required to pass a comprehension exam or complete a master’s project or thesis.
  • You are required to complete the program within 5 years.
  • You are required to maintain continuous registration.

Faculty

Application Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Test Scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores from tests taken within the last five years for students applying for ECPS focus area. For the GRE, please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 3001.
  • Contact information for two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Sample of Academic Writing: A sample of academic writing, approximately 5 pages long only for the ECPS or CGE foucs areas.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
In order to be compliant with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are prohibited from discussing the admissions decision with anyone other than you, the applicant.

International Applicants

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test. 
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. 
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 
  • Financial documentation – International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

LAI Applicants

If you are applying to education studies in the LAI department see below for minimum requirements:

  • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test. 
  • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0. 
  • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. 

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.