Teaching and Learning


The Clemson Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a 100% online graduate program for current K-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 four specialization areas:  Effective and Reflective Teaching, Experiential Learning for Early Childhood, Instructional Coaching, or STEAM.

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.

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 K-12 educators who work in formal or informal settings.

Benefits of earning a M.Ed. in teaching and learning from Clemson University:

  • Earn a degree from a top 30 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 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.

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


Applications for the teaching and learning Master of Education program are considered for summer entrance dates only. The program application deadline is April 15, or until the program is at capacity. To be considered for admission, individuals must complete the online Graduate School application. Every required document in support of your application must be on file by the deadline date for consideration.

Required Documents:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher in last degree earned OR top 50% score on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
  • Unofficial baccalaureate transcript(s)* 
  • Current résumé or vita**
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least two letters must focus on your teaching)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for international students

*Official transcripts will be required if recommended for admission.

**To be successful in this program, you are expected to currently be working in a formal or informal education setting.

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

Official test results are required from the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Psychological Corporation do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you must retake the test and have official scores sent directly to Clemson University. The GRE revised General Test is offered year-round at testing centers worldwide. Advance registration for tests is required.

GRE revised General Test

Miller Analogies Test


The teaching and learning program is an entirely online degree comprised of 30 credit hours of coursework. Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in their coursework.

The M.Ed. program is composed of two elements:

  • Core pedagogical course work (18 hours)
  • Specialization courses (12 hours)

At this time, all students desiring a M.Ed. degree in teaching and learning will select from one of the specialization areas: Effective and Reflective Teaching, Experiential Learning for Early Childhood, Instructional Coaching, or STEAM. Transfer credits from other institutions are not accepted for this degree program.

Those completing the STEAM specialization will also earn a STEAM certificate from Clemson University. (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.

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.

Plan of study for Teaching and Learning M.Ed.:

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

  • Curriculum Theory (ED 8650)*
  • Learning and Motivation in Context (EDF 8020)*


  • Contemporary Issues in Assessment (EDF 8080)*
  • Specialization Course #1


  • Specialization Course #2
  • Classroom-Based Research (ED 8600)

Year 2

  • Cultural Diversity in Education (EDF 8710)*
  • Specialization Course #3


  • Specialization Course #4
  • Capstone Project (ED 8990)*

* These are all part of the 18 hours of core classes


STEAM Course Work
Specialization Area
Effective and Reflective Teaching STEAM Experiential Learning for Early Childhood Instructional Coaching
Specialization Course #1: Effective Teaching Practice and the Learning Environment (ED 8810) STEAM Instructional Design (ED 8700) Advanced Early Childhood Education Foundations and Methods (EDEC 8100) Elements of Instructional Effectiveness (ED 8750)
Specialization Course #2: Differentiation in Instruction and Student Work Analysis (ED 8820) 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: The Reflective Practitioner (ED 8830) 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: Leading from the Classroom (ED 8840) STEAM Enacted and Evaluated (ED 8720/8721) Parent Education in Early Childhood Multicultural Settings (EDEC 8000) Reflective Instructional Coaching Practice (EDLT 8290)**

More detailed course descriptions can be found in the academic catalog.

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.


For more information about this online program, please visit the M.Ed. Teaching and Learning program webpage, or contact Julie Jones at jgambre@clemson.edu.

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per credit hour

This program offers a SC Teacher Incentive reducing tuition by 10% for all in-state K-12 teachers/leaders.

*Price is approximate and may not be reflective of the current cost. The Clemson Masters in Teaching and Learning online program is assessed as a Tier Five Online Graduate Program. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program contacts

Julie Jones
Program Coordinator