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Educational Program Design (Online MEd)

Strengthen your teaching with a deeper understanding of curriculum design, instruction and assessment.

Educators are tasked with developing the “what, how and why” of their students’ experiences. The online MEd in Educational Program Design is a 30-credit degree program that can be completed in as few as 21 months. It is designed to deepen your expertise in creating and developing diverse learning environments. 

This degree demystifies curriculum, instruction and assessment and provides teachers with the tools and skills necessary to create or build upon existing program structures at their school or district to meet the needs of today’s diverse students. This program is fully online with an optional summer residency for students in the Visual Arts concentration.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to

  • Understand the different types of assessment and how they fit into a comprehensive system of curriculum. 

  • Design modern learning environments focused on collaboration, accessibility, motivation and authentic learning.

  • Enhance instruction and learning through appropriate assessments.

  • Meet the needs of all students through innovative curriculum design.

  • Navigate the challenges and benefits of digital technology in program design.

  • Investigate topics relevant to their own teaching experiences through research, creativity and technology.

This program is designed with the working teacher in mind. The online format allows for flexibility so teachers can continue to work while they learn and apply what they learn to their own classroom the next day. Earning this degree can help teachers take on leadership roles in their departments, can lead to an increased salary and allows teachers to feel more empowered in their classroom. 

Program Format

  • 30 credit hours, 21 months

  • A small cohort with individualized attention

  • Application-based, hands-on learning in project-based classes

  • Culminating capstone experience

  • Customized degree with four concentrations

Students can also specialize their degree and understanding of educational program design by selecting one of four concentrations.

Educational Technology - Not only has the presence of educational technology in classrooms increased significantly recently, but we are learning more each day about the ways various tools can improve student learning. This concentration provides an understanding of the role technology plays in today's classroom and enables educators with the skills and knowledge to effectively use technology to enhance learning outcomes for students.

Literacy - Literacy is the foundation for student success across all subject matters. This concentration provides educators with interdisciplinary tools and strategies for enhancing students' skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the classroom and in today's multicultural spaces.

Inclusion - Today's classrooms are more diverse than ever before. This concentration prepares educators to create both a welcoming classroom environment as well as an accessible curriculum to provide an inclusive learning experience for all students.

Visual Arts - Studies show that integrating art into the classroom assists students in acquiring knowledge across all subjects. This concentration builds on educators' existing skills to equip them with the knowledge, tools and techniques to develop and implement art curricula.

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Required Courses

Assessment Design & Evaluation (3 credits)
Curriculum Design (3 credits)
Instructional Design (3 credits)
Designing 21st Century Learning Environments (3 credits)
Research Methods (4.5 credits)
Capstone Project: Master of Education (4.5 credits)


Electives (3 credits)

Select one course from the following subjects. 

  • Educational Technology (ETEC of STET)
  • Inclusion (INCL or STIP)
  • Literacy (LITY)
  • Arts (VPAS or STTA)
Program Emphasis

Select one emphasis from

  • Educational Technology (code ETEC or STET), 600 level (2 courses / 6 credits)
  • Inclusion (code INCL or STIP), 600 level (2 courses / 6 credits)
  • Literacy (code LITY), 600 level (2 courses / 6 credits)
  • Arts (code VPAS or STTA), 600 level (2 courses / 6 credits)

Faculty Spotlight

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Sarah Eckert

Director, Professional Institute for Educators & MEd Programs, School of Graduate & Professional Studies
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Elana Betts

Certified school psychologist specializing in social emotional learning, disability awareness and social justice advocacy
Headshot of Natalie Duvall
Natalie Duvall

Doctor of education with a concentration in mind, brain, teaching and student motivation

Student Spotlight

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Liliane Sharpless

MEd '21

Educational Program Design (Online MEd)

Alumni Spotlight

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Loren Marquardt

MEd '19

Educational Program Design (Online MEd)
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Danielle Scicluna

MEd '20

Educational Program Design (Online MEd)

If you have any questions or want to be reminded when the application opens, please contact pie@uarts.edu.

1.   Online application

Submit a completed online application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are accepted up until two weeks prior to the beginning of the term in fall and summer.   

2.   Application fee

Include a nonrefundable application fee of $60, to be paid by check, money order or credit card. The fee must be payable in U.S. currency and all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks. 

3.   Official transcripts

Official transcripts, including secure eTranscripts, should be sent electronically to PIE by the Registrar's Office at the college(s) or school(s) involved to med@uarts.edu or in hard copy to

    Attn: Professional Institute for Educators
    University of the Arts
    320 South Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

For transcripts from outside the United States, refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students.

4.   Student statement 

Include a statement of your academic and professional goals. This statement should be approximately two pages long and address the questions: What are your personal and professional goals in applying to this program? In what ways do you hope that this program will help you grow as an educator?

5.   Résumé

Submit your résumé or CV, including your name; address; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred, employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references. Applicants should have one year of experience as a PK–12 educator.

6.   Letters of recommendation

Two current letters of recommendation, sent electronically to med@uarts.edu. We kindly request that recommenders use the MEd and Graduate Certificate Reference form

7.   International Consideration

International students should refer to our International Student Page. For transcripts from outside the United States, refer to the instructions in the transcript section for international students.

Note: Neither MEd programs nor graduate certificates lead to Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. These programs are designed for K–12 in-service teachers. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

University of the Arts is authorized by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition & Financial Aid 

Costs for the online MEd programs include 

  • $20,250 tuition ($675/credit hour for 30 hours)

  • A $50 fee that covers course resources, including software

  • A $100 fee for in-person studio arts courses

  • A stable and fast internet connection, a computer camera and access to Microsoft (These resources are the student’s responsibility.)

Financial Aid

Some students may be eligible for financial aid. A minimum of 4.5 credit hours per semester is required for financial aid eligibility. Students are required to be constantly enrolled to be financial aideligible.  

Learn more about graduate student financial aid.

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