Instruction Program

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The M.S.E.-Instruction provides interested students two pathways to completion of a MSE. The first is a traditional focus that deepens the K-12 teacher's understanding of the teaching-learning dynamic and curricular planning. The second prepares the student for a variety of potential leadership roles in other education and or community organizations. Neither track leads to licensure as a teacher, but is for those either holding a teacher certification or wanting to provide 'education' in alternative settings, or to advance in their present field with the assistance of a MSE.

Track 1:

The M.S.E.-Instruction is based on the needs of the professional classroom teacher. The first of these needs deals with the nature of the profession. This area includes an in-depth understanding of the theoretical bases of education and the research that supports these theoretical bases. A second major area contributes to a thorough understanding of the processes and practices of learning and assessment of learning. Since there are no major fields of study that remain static, a third major component consists of strengthening and updating individual pedagogical and content areas. Even the best-prepared baccalaureate degree-holders soon find their knowledge and understanding in need of renewal. Coursework will support Wisconsin teachers in some cases their license renewal process under PI 34.

Goals: Track 1:

To provide teachers holding baccalaureate degrees and a variety of certifications, or potential for certification, the opportunity:

  1. To strengthen their knowledge in the area of contemporary instructional practice.
  2. To strengthen competencies in their individual fields.
  3. To develop instructional and curriculum development leadership abilities in their school systems.
  4. To develop a substantial knowledge of contemporary research methodologies on effective practices and apply that research in appropriate ways.

Track 2:

Track 2 recognizes that education happens in many environments and that K-12 teachers or other with a Bachelor's may want to utilize an educational foundation to enhance instructing and learning in a variety of contexts. Similar to Track 1 the student will need to understand the learning process, its theoretical underpinnings, and research foundations. Another major area is that of assessment of learning and instruction based on sound principles. A third area is the social and organizational process that fosters the dynamic relationships within the learning process, whether in a classroom or an organization.

Goals: Track 2:

To provide those holding a baccalaureate degree with the opportunity:

  1. To develop a foundation needed to facilitate and deepen learning in a variety of environments.
  2. To enhance knowledge and application of contemporary instructional and curricular practices along with the assessment and measurement practices.
  3. To develop leadership skills relevant to the area of focus and intended employment.
  4. To develop a substantial knowledge of contemporary research methodologies on effective practices and to apply that research in appropriate ways.

Admissions Requirement

Admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction degree program will be limited to people who hold a baccalaureate degree. It is not necessary to be engaged in classroom teaching or to hold credentials as a classroom teacher. Applicants must meet requirements for admission to Graduate Studies:  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, transcripts indicating a GPA of 2.75 or better, and a professional resume.  A student may not apply more than 9 semester hours of graduate work taken prior to admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction toward the completion of this degree. Upon admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction Program the student will be assigned a program advisor in the MSE-I Program.  Together you will develop a plan of study for the completion of the degree.

Degree Requirements

The M.S.E.-Instruction program is designed to emphasize professional development within the pedagogical aspects of teaching, balanced by individualized electives to emphasize greater competence in a particular area, whether in the classroom or the community. In addition, it addresses the application of the elements of instruction, the use of technology and materials, an understanding of the development of curriculum and assessment, and purposeful research within the classroom context.

Course Offerings

Consult the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. If National Board Certification is sought, students need to indicate their intent to their advisors early in their progress.

Master of Science in Education - Instruction Requirements Top of Page

30 total credits

Required coursework (15 credits required):

Current Developments in Student Learning and Their Applications -- 3.00 credits
Using Educational Assessment to Inform Practice -- 3.00 credits
Trends in Curricular and Instructional Practices -- 3.00 credits
Research Foundations of Education -- 3.00 credits
Educational Research Project -- 3.00 credits

Elective required courses:

Electives could reflect the student's teaching field or be within an area of instruction and/or learning that will enhance the student's teaching. The specific plan will be developed with the advice and approval of the student's program advisor or a faculty consultant from the selected field. It is advisable for students to enter the research course (TED 750) with an idea about an issue they wish to pursue; TED 734 and TED 744 can help generate research foci. In TED 750 the student researches and describes in detail the independent project to be pursued during enrollment in TED 752 with a selected research advisor. Alternatively the MSE-I student can opt to take the SPED 780 Action Research course and also complete and write up the research as a thesis in TED 752. Students are encouraged to pick the other 15 credits from graduate online courses in UW-Superior's Educational Administration and Special Education programs and/or transfer in up to 9 credits from other approved graduate programs.