Courses numbered 500 and above are graduate level courses. Graduate courses are both more advanced and complex in academic content and more rigorous than undergraduate courses. In some cases, a graduate level course may be cross-listed with an undergraduate course. In such cases, graduate-level course expectations will exceed the expectations of the academic content of the undergraduate-level course with which the graduate course is cross-listed. Course expectations may be differentiated through assessment measures such as exams, written assignments, computational exercises, etc. Or graduate-level course expectations may include more advanced learning through additional and/or more sophisticated reading assignments, research projects, course facilitation or experiential activities, and so forth. Grading standards for graduate-level work will also be more rigorous.
The University of Mary Washington offers graduate education courses in curriculum and instruction (EDCI), educational leadership (EDEL), literacy specialist (EDLS), special education (EDSE), elementary education (EDUC), instructional design and technology (INDT), mathematics education (MAED), and teaching English as a second language (TESL).