Masters of Science in Education

Master of Science Program Components

The Master of Science in Education program is based on the extended study and development of teacher scholars.  Best practices in pedagogy and assessmentguide a program built on the core propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  We work to ensure that teachers are presented with the opporunties to collaboarate and grow as scholars and professionals.


Phase 1-Best Practice Academy

The first component of the program is the Best Practice Academy, an intensive 6-week summer program, through which you earn 12 credits, followed by a single 3 hour graduate course during the fall semester. You will examine and analyze current prevailing practice regarding what is most effective and efficient in the way of programs, curriculum, strategies and practice.

Summer Coursework (12 hours)

  • EDUC-A 510, School Community Relations
  • EDUC-J 655, Multicultural and Global Education
  • EDUC-J 511, Differentiated Instruction
  • EDUC-L501/545, Reading Across the Content Areas/Advanced Study of Reading Methods

Fall Course (3 hours)

  • EDUC-Y 510, Action Research for Teachers

Phase 2-Area of Focus

The second component, through which you earn up to 18 credits, combines your analysis of professional practice in your classroom and school with courses you select based on your professional development objectives. You will have the opportunity to research and share the practices you find most effective in your classroom. Students have the option of choosing from a variety of courses that will meet their professional/classroom needs. Additionally, we also offer the following optional specialization areas:

Reading (12 hours required)

  • EDUC-L 559, Tradebooks in the Classroom
  • EDUC-L 504, Diagnosing Reading Difficulties
  • EDUC-L 501, Reading in the Content Area
  • Special Topics
  • Approved ENG courses
  • Reading Practicum

Special Education (16-19 hours required)

  • EDUC-K 500 or 505, Intro to SPED (may already have equivalent)
  • EDUC-K 525, Learning Disabilities 1
  • EDUC-K 563, Diag. & Remediation of Learning Disabilities
  • EDUC-K 520, Behavior Disorders
  • EDUC-K 595, Field Experience (1 cr)
  • EDUC-K 510, Assistive Technology
  • EDUC-K 533, Classroom Mgmt. and Beh. Support

Behavior (12 hours required)

  • EDUC-P 507, Targeting Assessment in the Classroom
  • EDUC-P 506, Managing Aggressive and Disruptive Behavior
  • EDUC-P 506, Motivation for Underachieving Learners
  • EDUC-P 516, Adolescent Behavior
  • EDUC-H 538, Critical Thinking

Early Childhood Education (15 hours)

  • EDUC-E501             Emergent Literacy             
  • EDUC-E506             Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC-E507             Evaluation of Classroom Behavior
  • EDUC-E508             Seminar in Early Childhood Education    
  • EDUC-E525             Advanced Curriculum Study in ECE             


Behavior (12 hours required)

Phase 3-Culminating Research Project

The final component of the program, through which you earn 3-6 credits, enables you to investigate an area of education or instructional professional practice in depth that you consider to be significant, and in which you desire to develop expertise. Faculty mentor students through the final area of their degree in order to provide for focused and productive research results.


Teaching Mathematics?

If you are interested in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in secondary Mathematics, visit the website for the MAT at IU East!