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M.S. in Education



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Master of Science in Education curriculum overview:

The Master of Science in Education’s curriculum builds on educators’ teaching skills and professional excellence by expanding their practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching/learning process, increasing their knowledge of content information and materials and showing their commitment to professional excellence and leadership.

The MS in Ed curriculum arc has three strands. The first strand is the Education Core. This builds on and develops educators’ understanding of educational theories, practices, research, ethics, and professional best practices.

The second strand is the content core. Students use the content core to focus on their area of interest and develop rich understanding and exposure to the material as well as gaining valuable experience working with content scholars.

The third strand is the capstone. For the capstone, students may opt for an advanced professional specialty proficiency documentation or work with faculty on a professional project or thesis. Non-licensed teachers have the option of participating in comprehensive exams.

Your plan of study:

Once admitted to Master of Science in Education, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filing your Program Plan (all program plans are provided), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.

Courses for the Master of Science in Education program:

Core Courses

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Core Courses

    Elective Credits: 3-6

    • MSEd students have 3-6 credits of electives, depending on their advanced specialty core. Electives are selected in consultation with their advanced specialty advisor.

    Advanced Specialty Core Credits: 18-24

    Students in the Masters of Science in Education program will complete 18-24 credits of coursework in a selected content area. Students may continue graduate-level work in their academic areas or additional endorsement courses may be added.

    Students seeking to complete a new endorsement within the 18 credit portion of the program are required to complete a 90-clock-hour practicum in the appropriate preparation level or endorsement. Endorsements are offered in ESOL and Reading and are described in the endorsement section.

    Select one content/specialty core:

    Exit Evaluation Requirement

    Students must complete a culminating experience in order to receive their degree.

    Options for completing the culminating experience exit requirement are listed in the specialty core.

    Total Credits: 45-54


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