Master of Education (M.Ed.)

In our M.Ed. program, you will learn how to apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to proactively design capacity-building learning experiences. Within UDL, learner variability, whether visible or invisible, is seen as an asset. Based in cognitive neuroscience, UDL focuses on designing with variability in mind and removing barriers to learning by frontloading flexible options for engaging learners, teaching important concepts, and building goal-directed learners. In your coursework, you will experience the UDL framework firsthand as program faculty model the principles and actively engage you in applying UDL in your own practice.

This program is offered as a join degree program with the University of Bridgeport. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Goodwin University Master of Education program is to prepare reflective practitioner-leaders who will create engaging cultures in schools and communities. Our graduates will create, apply, and share evidence-based practice knowledge to advance educational excellence and equity for all learners.

Program Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Design capacity-building learning environments that are responsive to learner variability.

  • Apply evidence-based instructional practices to build expert learners.

  • Evaluate instructional programs to improve learner outcomes.

  • Analyze school policies and practices through social, cultural, political, and historical lenses.

  • Design evidence-based professional learning that supports excellence in teaching.

  • Apply reflective practice as a practitioner-researcher.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the University requirements of all graduate program applications, students interested in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) must also:

  • Interview with the program director or faculty for admittance.
  • Provide three strong recommendations highlighting excellence in the applicant's professional experience.

Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete all course requirements as stated in the catalog with a minimum grade of "C".


Master of Education (M.Ed.)


*All students must complete LUE 640 (6 credits) with a grade of B- or higher. Students may not portfolio out of this course.

Credit for Prior Learning

ARC 6-Credits

Students who provide documentation that they have successfully completed Connecticut’s Alternative Route to Certification (ARC)2 will automatically receive 6 credits toward their 30-credit degree program. All students who fall into this category are not required to take LUE 630 (3 credits) and LUE 635 (3 credits). ARC completers are required to take all other courses unless they have successfully completed a portfolio in lieu of a specific course.

Portfolio 6-Credits

In consultation with the M.Ed. Program Director, students may select to seek 6 credits toward their 30-credit degree program through a digital portfolio process. Students are not allowed to portfolio out of LUE 640.

LUE 601Social Foundations of Education


LUE 605Contemporary Issues in Urban Education


LUE 610Teacher Leadership: Theory and Practice


LUE 615Curriculum Theory


LUE 620Effective Learning Environments


LUE 625Classroom-Based Assessment


LUE 630Instructional Coaching


LUE 635Leading Professional Learning


LUE 640*Appreciative Inquiry Capstone



Total Credit Hours: 30