Instruction Program

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The M.S.E.-Instruction provides interested students a pathway to completion of a MSE. The route is a traditional focus that deepens the K-12 teacher's understanding of the teaching-learning dynamic and curricular planning. This degree does not lead 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. The MSE-Instruction is offered only online in seven-week-long intensive courses.

Master's in Science Education - Instruction:

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. This degree program does not lead to any type of teacher licensure.

Goals:

To provide teachers holding baccalaureate degrees and a variety of certifications, 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.

Admissions Requirement

Admission to the M.S.E.-Instruction degree program will be limited to people who hold a baccalaureate degree. 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. 

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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 the elective courses or courses in the Special Education Program.

Elective Courses Designed with Teachers in Mind Include:

Alternative Education for Non-Traditional Learners -- 3.00 credits
 
Effective Practices in Alternative Education -- 3.00 credits
 
Leadership Development for Educators/Trainers -- 3.00 credits
 
Diversity Exploration in a K-12 Setting -- 3.00 credits
 
School Law for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits