Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
For students who hold initial certification in biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies or Spanish, this program combines advanced study and practice in both an academic area and in professional education, enhancing the teaching and leadership abilities of secondary-school educators. Completion of this degree and other requirements leads to professional certification in New York state as a teacher in grades 7-12 in one of the above areas. Go online for more information about teacher certification regulations.
Students must complete the degree within five years of matriculating in the program and must earn a cumulative average of B or better to graduate. See also: Graduate School Academic Policies.
Minimum Requirements for Degree (courses are subject to change)
This program requires a minimum of 36 credit-hours. All courses must be selected with the advice and approval of the student's faculty advisor based on the student's strengths, academic background and professional experience.
24-28 required credits consisting of:
- Eight-12 credits in arts and sciences
- 12 credits in discipline-specific pedagogy that will typically include SEC 593. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations in the Pedagogy (of the discipline); SEC 594. Curriculum and Teaching (in the discipline); and SEC 592. Final Integrative Study.
- Four credits in a research/assessment course (e.g., EDUC 541 Applied Research Techniques or an alternative approved by the adviser).
Eight-12 credits. These elective courses are typically education courses drawn from the categories of psychology and cultural foundations, literacy and learning, special education and research/assessment. They may also include additional coursework in the discipline as deemed necessary by the advisor.
Psychology and Cultural Foundations elective courses include:
EDUC 501. Crucial Issues in Education
EDUC 530. Adolescent Psychology and Education
Literacy and Learning elective courses include:
LTRC 519. Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas
EDUC 516. Learner-Centered, Community Based Instruction
EDUC 529. Rhetorical Grammar
EDUC 531. Teaching American Ethnic Literature
EDUC 580H. Integrating Computer Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 580I. Creativity in Teaching and Learning
Special Education elective courses include:
SPED 501. Introduction to Special Education
SPED 516. Learner-Centered, Community Based Instruction
SPED 521. Positive Approaches to Behavior Intervention
SPED 526. Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities at the Secondary Level
SPED 560. Conflict Resolution in Educational and Community Settings
Research and Assessment elective courses include:
EDUC 541. Applied Research Techniques
EDUC 542. Portfolio Pedagogy and Assessment