Graduate Studies Programs

M.S. in Education

The Master of Science in Education degree program is structured around a mixture of classes, seminars, and practical professional development. The goals of the Master's program reflect the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS):

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience
  • Teachers are members of learning communities

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.

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 optional concentration areas.

The final component of the program, through which you earn 3-6 credits, allows 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.