The Master of Education (M.Ed., Ed.M., M.A.Ed., or M.S.Ed.) is a postgraduate academic master's degree awarded by universities in a large number of countries. This degree in education often includes majors like - curriculum and instruction, counseling, and administration. The Master of Education is a degree awarded by institutions of higher education, usually, though not always, for educators advancing in their field. In most states a Masters degree or higher is required for the post of a principal or school counselor.