M.Ed. - The Advanced Teacher

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Advance your education and enrich your classroom

A rich and engaging learning environment is essential for young learners. Earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) – The Advanced Teacher degree from Mercer University will expand your teaching philosophy based on the best practices of teaching and learning.

The advanced teacher education degree is designed for teachers with a level 4 certification who want to better understand and apply the skills of data analysis and research to improve their students’ educational experiences. The rigorous curriculum will prepare you to pursue roles that address systemic trends and issues at both the local and national levels. When you complete the advanced education degree program, you will be eligible to upgrade your teaching certification to a level 5 certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).

As you earn your advanced education master’s degree, you will benefit from the flexibility of online courses taught by leading researchers and practitioners in education. At Mercer, it is possible to earn your advanced education master’s degree while maintaining a work-life balance.


Format: Online Start Terms: March*, May, August Application Deadlines: March 1*, May 1, and August 1 Course Length: 8 and 16 weeks Completion Time: 12-16 months

*Middle Grades, P–12, and Secondary Education only


Your Mercer advanced teacher master’s degree experience

When you earn an M.Ed. – The Advanced Teacher degree, you can choose a concentration to tailor your graduate degree to your interests and career goals:

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • P–12 Education
  • Secondary Education

You can also pursue up to two endorsements as part of the advanced education master’s degree program in the following areas:

  • Autism
  • Coaching
  • Computer Science
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Gifted
  • Mathematics (K–5)
  • Online Teaching
  • Personalized Learning
  • Reading
  • Science (K–5)
  • STEM
  • Teacher Leader

Designed for busy and working adults

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) – The Advanced Teacher is a fully online program, and students have the same access to faculty and campus resources as those taking courses in-person. Students may also schedule optional face-to-face meetings with faculty. Classes meet in eight-week and 16-week terms, and students may complete the program in 12–16 months.

Explore advanced education master’s degree courses

The advanced teacher master’s degree program will prepare you to apply the latest research findings to improve schools and classrooms. The curriculum includes four core courses, three to five elective courses, and one or more related studies courses. These courses will help you apply learning theories to the classroom and develop your skills as an educator. The core courses you will take in the advanced teacher master’s degree program include:

  • EDUC 603 School Philosophy and Teacher Leadership
  • EDUC 657 Contemporary Curriculum Practices
  • EDUC 690 Introduction to Educational Research

Choose one of the following:

  • EDUC 625 Culturally and Educationally Responsive Pedagogy
  • EDUC 618 Issues of Diversity: Language, Cognition, and Culture

Your elective and related studies courses will depend on your concentration and choice of endorsements.

View advanced teacher education curriculum course descriptions and program requirements to learn more.

How will an M.Ed. – The Advanced Teacher degree advance your career?

When you complete the advanced teacher education degree program curriculum, you will:

  • Understand the social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical characteristics and needs of all learners, as well as how these factors apply to the creation of supportive and engaging learning environments for all students
  • Have advanced understanding in the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of your discipline
  • Have expertise in the key concepts and organization of education
  • Understand curriculum design, development and implementation, and the impact of this knowledge on the teaching and learning process
  • Explore and understand how students differ in their capabilities and approaches to learning and how teaching strategies and the learning environment can adapt to meet the diverse needs of all students

Learn more about our M.Ed. – The Advanced Teacher

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6062 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu for more information.

I felt very prepared to enter the classroom because of my experience with Mercer. With my master's program, I was able to expand my knowledge to help the students in my community and build bridges with my families. I want families and students to remember me because of the relationships I built with them, and I owe that all to Mercer.

Crystal Tucker
B.S.Ed. in Elementary/Special Education, '18 | M.Ed. Elementary Education, '20
4th Grade Math and Science Teacher, Northside Elementary School

Earning my M.Ed. at Mercer allowed me to grow as an educator because I was able to focus on specific pedagogical skills and apply them in the classroom. My professors expanded my horizons and helped me gain so much confidence that I truly feel was a watershed moment in my teaching career.

Katie Barber Hammond
B.A. in History with Secondary Education Certification, '09 | M.Ed. Secondary Education - History, '13

Katie Hammond
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Learn from experienced faculty

When you earn an advanced teacher education degree at Mercer, you will be supported by faculty and staff devoted to preparing their students to become inspiring educators in their communities and throughout the world.

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Improve students’ educational experience with the M.Ed. – The Advanced Teacher

Schedule your personalized admissions appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6084 or MercerEducation@mercer.edu to learn more.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.