WGU no longer offers "M.Ed" degrees

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Maniac Craniac, Nov 18, 2022.

  1. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    This is something I found interesting. I don't know exactly how recent the change is, but I occasionally peak at WGUs website to see what's new and I'm just noticing it now. All of WGU's M.Ed degrees have been changed to MA and MS degrees.


    Also, gone is the M.Ed in Instructional Design and in its lieu, an MS in Learning Experience Design and Educational Technology.


    It looks interesting. For what it's worth, 2 quick Google searches show multiple sources saying that the job "Learning Experience Designer" consistently pays more than "Instructional Designer" even though they both seem very similar to me.

    I wonder what the rationale is for eschewing the "Master of Education" / "M.Ed" nomenclature.
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  2. freeloader

    freeloader Member

    I was really interested in the old degree programs and this new program. I did some searching online and came across a number of Reddit posts indicating the courses are really challenging/time consuming. I was interested in a degree in 1 or 2 of their 6-month terms, and it sounded like this definitely isn’t the degree for that, so I passed.
  3. datby98

    datby98 Active Member

    It might be a market-driven change. It seems schools still favor their faculty to have traditional art or science degrees. Not sure about the situation in the US, but I heard even some elementary or junior high schools in my region would only accept teaching applications from those with PhDs from top universities.
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  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    There appear to be more specific content courses. From what I can remember, the previous post-licensure programs had a general content knowledge area and some co-requisite courses. With that said, the secondary programs don't look like MA degrees that are focused on research and preparation for a doctoral program. They still look like M.Ed programs that are focused on teaching.
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  5. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, I just checked their webpage after reading this, seems they've removed the MEd and the programs are just MA or MS. I didn't see any updates other than that, maybe they had to make changes or were told to make these changes, more might be in store for them, who knows...

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