How Does the Program Work? To earn your Master of Education, you must complete a minimum of 33 semester credits in one of the concentrations available. If you are seeking teacher certification and have not completed an introduction to special education course, you may be required to complete an additional 3 hour course. All students, regardless of the selected concentration area, will complete 4 "core" courses (12 semester credits). These courses provide all students with foundational concepts such as: basic framework of differentiated instruction in today's classrooms; cognitive psychology and its role on learning; the processes of using action research to improve instruction; applied instructional approaches to teaching students from diverse backgrounds; and, using differentiated instruction with students with disabilities. These 4 courses are intentionally composed of both general and special education teachers in order to provide practical activities to foster better collaborative relationships between educators. Upon completion of the "core"courses, students will then select a specialized "concentration" area, consisting of 6 courses (18 semester credits). The capstone course for the M.Ed. requires completion of an action research project (3 semester credits).