The primary program objective for the Master of Science Degree in Education is to build practitioner- scholars who will primarily work in K-12 settings, including but not limited to, classroom team leaders, campus instructional coaches, district curriculum support, as well as campus administration and district leadership. Typically, this advanced curriculum builds upon an undergraduate degree in education or related field; however, it is also an opportunity for career changers who would like to bring their expertise from business, science, or technology to improve both domestic and international educational systems.

Advanced study in the historical, social, and philosophical implications of educational practices will provide a comprehensive foundation for campus-wide and education organization leadership through innovative strategies for pedagogical planning, inclusive learning environments and technological integration. Substantive coursework in educational research, data analytics, and instructional design provides solid preparation and qualifications for students to engage future scholarly work. Our degree emphasizes development of analytical skills, acquisition of knowledge, and proficiency in affecting change in both policy and practice. The generalist master’s degree program does not require any certifications to be eligible for enrollment nor does it provide any routes to licensure.


  • Support domestic and international educational systems at the K-12 level through a deep understanding of the educational theories and principles that form the basis for historical, social, and philosophical tenets.
  • Facilitate change within a variety of educational contexts by providing instructional leadership in the areas of educational policy, pedagogical practices and innovative solutions for inclusive learning environments.
  • Resolve complex educational issues in both foreign and domestic settings through innovative problem solving and creative thinking that addresses the needs of each individual learner.
  • Create a strategy and plan for future professional development that demonstrates the importance for life-long learning.

The Master of Science in Education degree program consists of twelve courses (36 credits).


Course. Course Name Prerequisites Credits
EM500 Theories of Learning and Models of Teaching None 3
EM501 Curriculum Development and Instructional Design EM500 3
EM502 Effective Practices for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners EM500 3
EM521 Assessment and Measurement for Institutional Change EM500 3
EM522 Theories of Instructional Leadership EM501 3
EM523 Data-based Decision Making for School Improvement EM521 3
EM631 Advanced Practices for Educating Exceptional Students EM500 3
EM632 Educational Research Methods EM523 3
EM633 Historical and Political Perspectives of Education EM522 3
EM641 Global Educational Networks EM633 3
EM642 Higher Education Practices for K-12 Educator Preparation EM633 3
EM643 Educational Research in Action (Capstone Project) EM632 3
Total Credits Required 36