School: Education
Degree Type: Masters Degree
Format: Online

Accelerated Master of Education (MEd) Degree

The accelerated Master of Education (MEd) program is designed for licensed teachers seeking to expand their credentials with an endorsement, grow their skills professionally, and earn credits to renew or advance their Oregon Teaching License. Available 100% online or on-ground one night per week, Warner Pacific University builds on the knowledge acquired from the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) or the combined 4.5 BA/MAT program, beginning with an advanced core and requiring students to select from one of three emphasis areas.

Program Objectives

As an education professional, the pursuits of lifelong learning and career advancement often intertwine. After earning your initial license and teaching in a classroom setting, you prepare for the next level and gain new skills to improve learning outcomes among your students. Although districts may offer enrichment opportunities, higher-level licenses or renewal may require an advanced degree or course sequence. As well, endorsements expand your teaching specialties for subjects and student populations.

At WPU, we designed the accelerated MEd with your goals in mind. Between the core curriculum and tracks based on Special Education (SPED), English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Reading Interventionist endorsements, the program:

  • helps you acquire the skills to teach diverse populations and encourage all individuals to achieve success in the classroom;
  • examines the latest theories, research, and strategies;
  • emphasizes reading and literacy development for all students and the role language plays in these areas;
  • advances education professionals’ teaching and leadership skills, allowing you to continue making a difference in the classroom; and
  • expands your professional expertise with a pedagogy-focused core and incorporation of current education issues. 

Accelerated Master of Education Degree Curriculum

 The accelerated MEd degree begins with an 18-credit core blending advanced teaching methods, pedagogy, research, current education topics, and reflections on classroom practices. From here, students select from one of the three 12- to 13-credit endorsement tracks below. In total, the accelerated MEd program is 30 to 31 credits and can be completed in 18 months to two years

Along with all coursework, students must present a thesis project to graduate. All coursework must be completed within six years of a student’s start date. 

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Track

The accelerated MEd’s ESOL track helps equip education professionals with the skills and knowledge to increase literacy and language development while acknowledging each student’s rich cultural and linguistic heritage. In preparation for the state’s endorsement requirements, this track introduces research-based strategies for teaching English as an additional language, diagnosing and planning literacy interventions, and encouraging all students to successfully participate in school.

ED 621 | Assessment Practices for English Language Learners | 2 credits
ED 631 | Cross Cultural Foundations | 3 credits
ED 652 | Curriculum & Instruction for English Language Learners | 3 credits
ED 672 | Linguistics for ESOL Educators | 3 credits
ED 688 | Leadership in ESOL Programs & Models | 2 credits
ED 693 | ESOL Practicum | 2 credits


Special Education (SPED) Track 

Receiving a SPED endorsement allows education professionals to teach exceptional individuals and encourage equitable learning across all student populations. With greater demand for special education teachers, this track’s curriculum allows current professionals to acquire the skills to better serve these students. 

SPED 501 | Foundations of Special Education | 3 credits
SPED 502 | Human Development & Exceptional Learners | 3 credits
SPED 510 | Assessment & Evaluation in SPED | 3 credits
SPED 520 | Instructional Best Practices in Special Education | 3 credits
SPED 522 | Classroom Management for SPED Educators | 3 credits (with 30-hour Practicum)
SPED 530 | Case Management & Collaboration | 3 credits
SPED 690 | Student Teaching (80-hour Placement) | 4 credits

Reading Interventionist Track

Focused on reading and language development for all student populations, the Reading Interventionist track introduces the knowledge, skills, cultural competencies, and professional dispositions to:

  • guide students to successful outcomes in a reading intervention environment;
  • diagnose and remediate reading problems in several education settings; and
  • support each student’s academic, personal, and social growth. 

ED 592 | Reading/Literacy Practicum | 2 credits
ED 620 | Principles of Reading Assessment, Diagnosis & Intervention | 2 credits
ED 651 | Best Practices in Literacy Instruction & Curriculum | 3 credits
ED 670 | Foundations of Language & Literacy | 3 credits
ED 671 | Literacy Instruction for Special Needs Students | 2 credits
ED 676 | Literacy Instruction for ELL Students | 2 credits
ED 689 | Leadership in Literacy Programs | 2 credits

Accelerated MEd Formats

Considering the needs of today’s professionals, WPU’s Professional and Graduate Studies division schedules all accelerated MEd programs in six-week blocks. Whether taken on ground or online:

  • our expert faculty work in the field and enhance the curriculum with their own professional experiences and perspectives on the latest pedagogical methods;
  • courses begin monthly, allowing working adults to start whenever is most convenient instead of waiting a full semester; and
  • WPU’s Learning Cohort model allows for greater interaction with instructors and encourages connection-building in the classroom.  

On-Campus Accelerated MEd

Multiple local campuses in Portland and Vancouver allow educators to work toward their credential close to home or their district. Courses are held one night per week and at the same location for the entire duration. 

Online Accelerated MEd

All online MEd courses use an asynchronous format. Our fully online option accommodates professionals outside of the Portland and Vancouver areas or for whom one-night-per-week classes pose a conflict.

The online Master of Education involves watching lectures and completing assignments by weekly deadlines. In the process, WPU sees participation as a pathway to success: we expect students to log in an average of five out of seven days per week to watch pre-recorded lectures or work on assignments and to contribute at least three substantive posts to class forums over a period of two days.

Careers with a Master of Education Degree

Professionals in Oregon can earn one of three teaching licenses based on education and experience:

  • Initial I Teaching License is given to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s– or master’s–level teacher preparation program. Professionals renew this license every two to three years.
  • Initial II Teaching License is awarded to professionals who have already earned their Initial I Teaching license and display progress in the classroom and in educational attainment through a program approved by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).
  • The Continuing Teaching License (CTL) builds on Initial I and II licenses. Professionals who have completed a master’s or higher degree and a TSPC–approved licensing program and who have at least five years of classroom experience are eligible. 

Candidates may add one or more endorsements to their license and have the opportunity to earn these distinctions while holding an Oregon Teaching License.

To receive an endorsement:

  • a candidate must complete a TSPC-approved preparation program;
  • when the student finishes the program, WPU will submit a Program Completion Report (PCR) to the TSPC office;
  • the candidate must also submit an application, fee, and official transcripts; and
  • in applying for an endorsement, the student must take a subject test through one of the TSPC’s partnering centers.

Review the full process for earning an endorsement


Thinking about advancing your teaching career with a Master of Education? Interested candidates must:

  • complete an Application for Admission;
  • have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; if the applicant’s admission GPA is under 3.0, the applicant may supply a letter explaining any mitigating circumstances that affected their undergraduate GPA
  • include official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended; and 
  • have a current, active teaching license.

Take Your Teaching Career to New Heights with an Accelerated MEd from WPU

Work toward a new credential and add endorsements to your license with WPU’s accelerated Master of Education degree. For questions about this program or the format, contact PGS Admissions by email or by phone at 800-804-1510, or request additional information today.


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