Master of Education Online - National Board Preparation

Belhaven’s master of education online classes offer a National Board preparation that give teachers a head start toward earning National Board Teacher Certification. The benefits of National Board Certification are significant and can strengthen practice, help teachers improve student performance, develop and demonstrate leadership skills, help expand influence and expertise, advance careers, provide portability, offer higher salary potential and advance education as a profession.

Candidates enrolled in the masters of education program at Belhaven University are required to take a core of courses for 24 hours. In addition, M.Ed. National Board Preparation students take 3 online courses in this area of emphasis for 9 credits. This 33 hour degree program concludes with a capstone course and comprehensive paper. The emphasis does not lead to National Board Certification, as that is a separate application and testing process. This area of emphasis is also an excellent program to assist those teachers who wish to complete a concentrated study of analysis and reflection upon instruction and teacher performance without making application for National Board Teacher Certification.

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. Both programs also foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.


Master of Education National Board Certification Curriculum Summary

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDU600 MED Orientation Seminar 0
EDU610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
EDU612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
EDU628 Advanced Instructional Strategies 3
REA617 Content Area Literacy 3
EDU621 Assessing Student Learning 3
EDU623 Technology in Education 3
EDU630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Areas 3
Area of Emphasis - National Board Certification 3
EDU651 Engaging Learning Communities 3
EDU652 Self-Effectiveness Analysis 3
EDU653 Reflection and Analysis 3
Capstone Course
EDU625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom 3
Total 33

NOTE: Students seeking teaching National Board Certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all NBPTS requirements. Completion of the Master of Education does not guarantee National Board Certification.

Admission Information

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program may apply to the Master of Education degree program with evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a Standard license in the area of emphasis for which the student is seeking degree.

  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on any graduate work previously completed.
  • Provide evidence of holding a valid standard teaching license.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the MEd program must earn a 3.00 grade point average on the first nine semester hours of graduate work in order to continue in the program.  Students may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee.

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