Online Masters of Education Degree in Professional Studies

Mission
The Mission of the Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Professional Studies is to prepare students as reflective and responsive professionals who develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions critical to understanding and contributing to their respective individual concentration areas of study.

Online Masters of Education Degree in Professional Studies

A credit-bearing relationship with TEFL International certificate course

How to receive TEFL International credit:
Students who successfully complete the four-week 120-hour intensive course with TEFL International may apply for an earned credit and transcript through Fairmont State University by emailing Amanda Stinemetz: amanda.stinemetz@fairmontstate.edu. This course has been validated by Fairmont State University. 

Create Your Own Path to a Promising Future 
The Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Professional Studies is a flexible graduate degree designed to prepare students with the practical knowledge and intellectual capabilities needed to meet emerging workforce needs. The online delivery format allows international students the flexibility to earn an advanced degree while remaining in their home country. 

A Professional Studies degree provides students with the opportunity to design their personal path to learning. Our expert faculty advisors will help students build a curriculum based on their interests and career goals. Customizing the student’s learning across multiple disciplines allows students to meet the demands of emerging fields and changing industries. When designing a learning pathway, students can choose online courses from the following areas of study: 
  • Literacy
  • Students with Exceptionalities
  • Digital Media, New Literacies and Learning
  • Business Administration 

Curriculum Requirements

The Professional Studies curriculum is comprised of a total of 36-credit hours (9-credit hours of core graduate courses and 27-credit hours of a professional plan of study) based on the student’s interests and career goals. Students who have received the credit hour waiver from TEFL International will only need to complete 33 total credit hours in order to receive the M.Ed. in Professional Studies.

Curriculum Summary

The following Professional Studies core graduate courses are required for all students:
Course Number and Name
Credit Hours
EDUC 6301: Research in Education
3
EDUC 6305: Advanced Educational Technology and Media
3
EDUC 6395: Action Research in Education
3
Total Credit Hours
9

Individualized Plan of Study

In consultation with a faculty advisor, students design an individualized plan of study for their remaining 24-credit hours. Students may create their plan from a traditional academic discipline (e.g., Students with Exceptionalities), or a combination of courses across disciplines (e.g., Literacy, Business, Criminal Justice). View Course Descriptions
Literacy Courses
Course Number and Name
Credit Hours
READ 6300: Foundations of Reading and Writing
3
READ 6308: Survey of Literacy Instruction and Assessment for Individuals with Exceptionalities
3
READ 6315: Teaching Content Area Literacy
3
READ 6320: Psychological, Sociological and Linguistic Factors in Reading and Writing Ability
3
READ 6325: Technology and Instruction Designed to Support Struggling Readers
3
ENGL 6360: Literature and Response
3
READ 6370: Administration and Supervision of Reading/Writing Programs
3
Students with Exceptionalities (Special Education) Courses
Course Number and Name
Credit Hours
SPED 5323: Math Strategies for Exceptional Learners
3
SPED 6317: Instructional Design I for Special Educators
3
SPED 6319: Introduction to Learning Exceptionalities and Behavior Disorders
3
SPED 6323: Behavioral Support for Special Students
3
SPED 6330: Introduction to Autism
3
Digital Media, New Literacies and Learning Courses
Course Number and Name
Credit Hours
EDUC 6805: Rights and Responsibilities in the New Media Age
3
EDUC 6806: Assessment in the New Media Age
3
EDUC 6809: Teaching in the New Media Age
3
EDUC 6810: Critical Media Literacies and Digital Storytelling
3
EDUC 6811: Learning Communities in the Digital Age
3
EDUC 6812: Technology, Leadership and Change
3
EDUC 6813: Blended and Online Learning Environments
3
EDUC 6814: Game Design and Learning
3
EDUC 6815: Programming for Learning
3
EDUC 6816: Curriculum in the New Media Age
3
Business Administration
Course Number and Name
Credit Hours
MSBA 5100: Personal Development Workshop
3
MSBA 5600: Marketing for Managers
3

General Admission Requirements

Student must complete an application package that includes all of the following: 
  • An application form
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended, 
  • Scores for a graduate aptitude test (GRE or Millers Analogy Test) taken within the last five years, and 
  • A check or money order made payable to Fairmont State University for the $50.00 non-refundable application fee. This fee covers admission expenses for a period of two years. If you wish to re-apply after the two-year period has expired, an additional $50.00 fee will be required. 
In addition to the above mentioned general admission requirements, applicants to programs in the School of Education, health and Human Performance (e.g., Professional Studies program) are required to meet specific graduate program admission requirements.

School of Education, Health and Human Performance Requirements

Applicants for graduate programs in the School of Education Health and Human Performance must meet the following specific criteria in addition to Fairmont State University admission criteria noted above: 

Unconditional Admission: GRE score of 284 (800 on the previous scoring scale) or MAT score of 378. 
Provisional Admission: GRE score below 284 (or below 800 on the old scale) or MAT score below 378 

Note: Certified teachers who have a passing PLT score may be exempted from GRE/Millers Analogy Test requirements. Applicants who already have obtained a master's degree are also exempted.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who are admitted on a provisional basis due to the absence of a test score or who provide a provisional test score at the point of application will matriculate with a restricted set of course options in the first 9-credit hours of study. 

Continuation in a program of study for provisionally admitted students will be determined based on performance in the first 9-credit hours. Provisionally admitted students must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no grade lower than a “B” in any graduate course. Provisionally admitted students may not have a grade of “I” (incomplete) or “W” (withdrawn from course) in the first 9-credit hours. Provisionally admitted students must provide the required test scores before the completion of the first semester (summer, spring, or fall) after provisional admission is approved. 

Note: Beginning in the fall 2011 the GRE has a new scoring system. The score scale has changed from a 200 – 800 score to 130 – 170 score for the Verbal and Quantitative tests. The previous unconditional score for Fairmont State University was a combined score of 800 (conditional score = 700). This was based on a Quantitative score of 460 and Verbal score of 340 (340+460 = 800). These scores equal scores of 142 on the new scoring system. This results in the new unconditional acceptance score equaling 284 (new conditional score equals 277). The 460 and 340 scores equaled the same percentile ranking for their respective sub-tests, in the new scoring system a 142 on the verbal is the same percentile as a 142 on the quantitative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Fairmont State University a partner with TEFL International?
  • Yes, Fairmont State University is affiliated with TEFL International.
  • Fairmont State University validates the curriculum utilized in the 120-hour face-to-face program operated by TEFL International.
Is TEFL International part of Fairmont State University?
  • No, TEFL International is not a part of Fairmont State University, nor is it a program developed or overseen by Fairmont State University. TEFL International operates independently of Fairmont State University. 
What is the opportunity for further study at Fairmont State University?
  • Students who complete the 120-hour face-to-face program through TEFL International can apply for admission into the M.Ed. Professional Studies graduate program at Fairmont State University for a standing credit option.
  • Students who gain admission into this program who also completed the 120-hour face-to-face program with TEFL International can apply to have and pay for 3 credit hours counted towards their program of study.
  • Based on the 2018-2019 rates, this costs $80 per credit (for a total of $240) to apply these credits toward the program of study.
  • Note that this rate will change with each academic year (decided and announced by August 15 every year). 
Does Fairmont State University give accreditation to TEFL International? 
  • No, Fairmont State University does not offer or give any accreditation to TEFL International.
  • Fairmont State University is not an accrediting body; as a result, the university cannot offer or give accreditation to TEFL International.
  • Again, Fairmont State University only validates the curriculum used in the 120-hour face-to-face program offered by TEFL International. 
If I completed a program with TEFL International before August 2018, can I take advantage of this opportunity? 
  • Fairmont State University entered into an agreement with TEFL International in August 2018. This means that Fairmont State University did not validate the curriculum prior to that date.
  •  It is not possible to obtain “program validation letters” or to take advantage of the standing credit option through TEFL International and Fairmont State University if students completed the program prior to August 2018.
  • However, students are still welcome to apply to any academic program of study at Fairmont State University. 
Is Fairmont State University a partner with ITTT? 
  • No, Fairmont State University has no relationship with ITTT. Can I get a transcript for the online program I completed through ITTT?
  • No, Fairmont State University has no relationship with ITTT. 
How do I get a transcript for the face-to-face course I completed with TEFL International?
  • Students who complete the 120-hour face-to-face program with TEFL International who gain admission into the M.Ed. Professional Studies program at Fairmont State University can apply for 3 credit hours to be applied toward their program of study.
  • The credit hours will not be applied to the program of study until the last semester of study in the M.Ed. Professional Studies program.
  • This will count as credit towards the program of study, but it does not count as “course substitution” and will not appear as a course on the final transcript. 
How do I get a transcript from Fairmont State University?
  • Only people who have gained admission to Fairmont State University will be able to obtain a transcript for courses completed with the university.
  • Since the 120-hour face-to-face program counts as “credit towards” a program of study—and since this is not recognized as a course equivalency or course substitution—this will not appear as a course on the transcript.
  • Students of Fairmont State University can request a transcript through the Registrar’s Office and/or student services. 
Can I transfer my credit from Fairmont State University to a different university? 
  • Since the 120-hour face-to-face program counts as “credit towards” a program of study—and since this is not recognized as a course equivalency or course substitution—this will not appear as a course on the transcript.
  • Because the credits count as “credit towards” a program of study and are not recognized as equivalency or course substitution—this will not appear as a course on the transcript.
  • As a result, the credits are non-transferrable.

Tuition and Fees

Fairmont State University offers a high quality master’s program at an affordable cost. Click here for more information on tuition and fees

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Amanda Stinemetz, 311 Turley Center