Graduate Programs


Master of Education

As someone who teaches, you know how challenging and rewarding the work can be. As schools become increasingly diverse, and as state standards increase pressure on teachers to produce measurable outcomes, you may wonder: How can I work with the differences that students bring into the classroom--different strengths, different interests, different readiness levels, different feelings about school, different home lives, different styles of learning--in such a way that I engage all of my students in learning opportunities that result in increased achievement? At Sweet Briar our goal is to help you answer this question by offering a combination of rigorous and engaging coursework, individualized mentoring from the program faculty, and extensive field experiences. When you graduate, you will have learned and acquired new skills, habits, and ways of thinking that will empower you to differentiate instruction so that all of your students will be a position to succeed.

Some details: Our M.Ed. program is designed for practicing professionals with a minimum of three years teaching experience. Classes meet in the late afternoons and evenings one night a week, with the exception of our three summer courses.  The M.Ed.  program consists of 33 credit hours.


Who can Enroll?

The Master of Education in Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction is a coeducational degree program for college graduates with a teaching license and a minimum of three years of teaching experience who seek professional advancement.

The benefits of enrolling in Sweet Briar's Master of Education degree program include the following:

  • Courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings to work with teachers' busy schedules.
  • The degree can be pursued on a part-time or a full-time basis.
  • The program focuses on a deep understanding of differentiated curriculum and instruction, helping teachers meet the diverse needs of the students they teach.
  • Certain courses combine MAT and M.Ed. candidates, creating exciting learning opportunities for current and prospective teachers to share learning experiences.

Course of Study

(33 hours)

Two content course electives (6)
EDUC 603     (2)     Seminar on Controversial Issues in Education
EDUC 605     (2)     The Multicultural Classroom
EDUC 607     (2)     Seminar on Assessment
EDUC 619     (3)     Concepts in Research Design
EDUC 625     (3)     Curriculum Design
EDUC 633     (3)     Instructional Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
EDUC 710     (3)     Seminar in Research Design and Methodology
EDUC 712     (9)     Professional Development Project