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Master of Education: Teaching and Learning (Online)

The Clemson Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a 100% online graduate program for current PK-12 educators. The rich, engaging curriculum will prepare you to advance your professional standing in just 18 months. Students have the option of personalizing their experience by selecting from one of three specialization areas: STEAM, Experiential Learning for Early Childhood, or Instructional Coaching.

Ranked #1 in the nation by U.S News and World Report for online graduate education programs, the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning program provides superb quality at an economical price.

Note: This program does not lead to initial teacher certification. 

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  • Overview

    Clemson University has combined the educational excellence that we are known for with the flexibility that many teachers desire and need. The result is a completely online Master of Education Degree in Teaching and Learning. This program is open to current PK-12 educators who work in formal educational settings. Consistent access to a classroom of students is critical to your success in the program since many courses carry a field component. We will consider some informal educational settings (e.g., school clubs, extension activities, before or after school programs), but suggest contacting the program coordinator prior to applying.

    Benefits of earning a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Clemson University:

    • Earn a degree from a top 25 public university while anywhere in the world.
    • Experience educational excellence that Clemson University is known for at very competitive tuition rates.
    • Earn a significant pay raise in most states.
    • Increase your career options: continue as a classroom teacher or become a curriculum specialist, a department chair or an instructional coach (check your individual state guidelines).
    • Join a community of practitioners from across the globe as you work to improve instructional practice
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission to the Program
    The Teaching and Learning M.Ed. program admits students for a summer entrance term. Only complete applications are considered for admission.

    Application Deadlines 
    All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines:

    • April 1 or until specializations are at capacity.
      • If specializations fill prior to the application deadline, an announcement of specialization closure will be posted on this webpage.

    Application Requirements 
    To be considered for the program, applicants must:

    • Currently be working in a formal or informal education setting
    • Submit a Graduate School application which requires:
    • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if you are accepted into the program.)
    • GRE or MAT scores (The test score requirement will be waived if you received a 3.0 GPA or higher in last degree earned)
    • A current résumé
    • Three letters of recommendation (At least two letters must focus on your teaching)
    • A personal statement
      • Statement should address your desire to pursue your chosen specialization (STEAM, Instructional Coaching or Experiential Learning for Early Childhood) and how you plan to incorporate what you learn into your classroom.
      • Approximate length is one page.
    • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

    Additional information concerning supporting materials can be found at:

    Test Requirements (only required if a 3.0 GPA or higher was not obtained in last degree earned)

    Official test results are required. Scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Scores older than five years are considered expired.

    GRE revised General Test

    Miller Analogies Test

  • Program Requirements

    The M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning is an entirely online degree. Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in their coursework. At this time, all M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning students will select from one of these specialization areas: STEAM, Experiential Learning for Early Childhood, or Instructional Coaching*.

    Teaching and Learning M.Ed. (30 credit hours):

    Core pedagogical course work (18 credit hours)

    ED 8250 Cultural Diversity in Education
    ED 8600 Classroom-Based Research
    ED 8650 Curriculum Theory
    ED 8990 Capstone Project
    EDF 8020 Learning and Motivation in Context
    EDF 8080 Contemporary Issues in Assessment

    Specialization courses (12 credit hours)

     Specialization Area




    Experiential Learning for Early Childhood

    Instructional Coaching

    Specialization Course #1:

    STEAM Instructional Design (ED 8700)

    Advanced Early Childhood Education Foundations and Methods (EDEC 8100)

    Elements of Instructional Effectiveness (ED 8750)

    Specialization Course #2:

    STEAM Transdisciplinary Teaching (ED 8710/8711)

    Advanced Early Childhood Education Curriculum (EDEC 8200)

    Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Learning from a Mentor Perspective (ED 8760)

    Specialization Course #3:

    STEAM Assessment (ED 8730)

    Math, Science, and Technology Inquiry in Early Childhood (EDEC 8950)

    Critical Issues in Instructional Coaching and School Leadership (EDLT 8280)

    Specialization Course #4:

    STEAM Enacted and Evaluated (ED 8720/8721)

    Parent Education in Early Childhood Multicultural Settings (EDEC 8000)

    Reflective Instructional Coaching Practice (EDLT 8290)

    *To be considered for the Instructional Coaching specialization, you must have at least three years of classroom teaching experience.

    Plan of Study

    The M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning is an 18-month program spanning five semesters. Fall and spring courses last seven and a half weeks each, allowing students to focus on one course at a time. Likewise, summer courses are also taught one at a time but in a five-week timeframe.

    Year 1

    ED 8650 Curriculum Theory
    EDF 8020 Learning and Motivation in Context

    EDF 8080 Contemporary Issues in Assessment
    Specialization Course #1 

    ED 8600 Classroom-Based Research
    Specialization Course #2 

    Year 2

    ED 8250 Cultural Diversity in Education
    Specialization Course #3

    ED 8990 Capstone Project
    Specialization Course #4

    More detailed course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

    Students will receive a registration email indicating which course section they must use for registration.

    Transfer Credits

    Transfer credits from other institutions are not accepted for this degree program.

    South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

  • Specialization Areas

    M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning students choose from one of three specialization areas during the application process. Students are admitted to the program based upon their chosen specialization area.

    STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

    The STEAM education specialization provides teachers with the ability to infuse STEAM practices in their classrooms. STEAM is a transdisciplinary approach for engaging all learners to solve real-world problems. The four-course sequence equips teachers with skills to create, implement, reflect, and assess students engaged in STEAM units. This specialization is appropriate for K-12 teachers of all content areas. STEAM education is an innovative approach to teaching in the K-12 setting. This transdisciplinary approach engages learners to solve real-world problems through STEAM problem scenarios. STEAM education has demonstrated much success in re-engaging learners and teachers through problem-based approaches.  The four-course sequence builds upon a foundational understanding of the differences between STEM and STEAM, by creating standards-based problem-scenarios in the first course, STEAM Instructional Design. The second course, STEAM transdisciplinary teaching, uses technology to connect and integrate disciplines a transdisciplinary approach. The third course, STEAM Assessment, focuses on assessment practices including both formative and summative assessments that are aligned to the STEAM units. The fourth course, STEAM Enacted and Evaluated, provides teachers with the opportunity to test out these practices in their classroom while receiving supportive feedback. At the end of this sequence, teachers will be prepared to implement STEAM units, practices, and new pedagogical techniques that will create a platform for creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration in their classrooms.

    Those completing the STEAM specialization will be awarded a STEAM certificate from Clemson (Note: Clemson’s STEAM certificate is not a state teaching certification). Students will have the option to apply for a STEAM endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

    Experiential Learning for Early Childhood

    The Experiential Learning for Early Childhood specialization equips you to understand and design experiential learning opportunities for young children that are grounded in inquiry practices and support the development of 21st century learners. Using brain-based learning research, you will explore how to support children in making connections between prior knowledge, new learning explorations, and social constructs. You will gain knowledge and experience with play-based learning, working with families and communities, brain development, and strategies for implementing experiential learning processes in literacy, math, and science for young children. Coursework will focus on advanced curriculum design and innovative inquiry-based instructional approaches. In addition, teachers will gain an understanding of the historical and political underpinnings in early childhood education and the need to create culturally-responsive environments for young children. For licensed Early Childhood teachers, this program will enhance current practice and afford increased opportunities to support students. The program can also lead to a rewarding position in the field of Early Childhood Education, such as Program Director, Curriculum Developer, Non-Profit Leader, or Policy Advocate.

    Instructional Coaching*

    The instructional coaching specialization equips current or aspiring instructional coaches with the skills to be an effective instructional or curriculum specialist within their school or district. Coursework focuses on the practical application of reflective coaching practices and professional learning opportunities within the school setting to empower teachers for a positive impact on student growth. An instructional coach brings evidence-based practices into classrooms by guiding their colleagues in data analysis, best instructional practices, and collaboration to improve student learning. Instructional coaching supports professional learning within the school setting by focusing on student learning needs. As schools adopt varying coaching models and roles for teachers, this program seeks to create pathways to develop a positive school culture where mutual respect, collegial relationships, and a shared responsibility for student learning emerges. Through this four-course sequence, participants will develop an understanding of professional learning, coaching models, student-centered collaborative protocols, and student-centered instructional and coaching practices. Coursework takes place within the context of the school setting with a focus on practical application of learning to gain a deeper understanding of instructional coaching. Clemson University is excited to offer a unique concentration in the area of instructional coaching. 

    Those completing the Instructional Coaching specialization will have the option to apply for a Teacher Leader endorsement from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

    * To be considered for the Instructional Coaching specialization, applicants must have at least three years classroom teaching experience. 

  • Online Environment

    With the support of CU Online, Clemson uses the most advanced online technology to provide a rich, supportive, seamless learning environment. Courses will be asynchronous thus allowing students to access courses when and where they need. While students have great flexibility in asynchronous learning, there are key deadlines in each course when learning modules must be completed. Students will be provided with timely support from instructors and technology personnel so that learning is maximized. Canvas, a very user friendly learning management system, is used for all courses to guide the learning experiences. An orientation module will be provided before the start of the program to allow students to become comfortable with expectations and the technologies before classes formally start.

  • Financial

    In addition to being identified as one of the premiere M.Ed. programs in the nation*, we are also among the most economically priced.

    *Ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report for online graduate education programs

    Tuition and Fees

    Explore information on tuition and fees using the Student Financial Services’ tuition and fee calculator. (Be sure to choose the ‘online’ tab at the top of the page.)

    SC Teacher Incentive

    The Teaching and Learning M.Ed. offers a South Carolina Teacher Incentive reducing tuition by 10% for all in-state SC K-12 teachers/leaders.

    Financial Aid

    For information regarding Financial Aid, please contact the office of Student Financial Aid.

  • Find Out More

    For more information about this program, please contact Julie Jones at

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Program Handbook

Download the M.Ed. Teaching and Learning Handbook