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Master of Science in Education
Those who dare to teach must never cease to learn
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Mission
The Master of Science in Education (MS in Ed) degree provides a critical, advanced, and intellectually rigorous curriculum in which practicing teachers can advance their knowledge of the teaching/learning process, demonstrate an exemplary level of competence in all aspects of teaching, increase their knowledge of content information and materials, and show their commitment to professional excellence and leadership.The curriculum is designed to assist teachers in decision-making, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving as they apply to the school context. The need is well documented to develop a cadre of professional educators who demonstrate advanced knowledge in standards-based education and who are capable of assisting others to reach the professional level of teaching. Responsibilities of master teachers go beyond the typical classroom as they are called upon to design and implement new programs and work in collaborative settings.

Credit Requirements
Requiring at least 45 credits of graduate study, this master's degree may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. This program is designed to meet Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) requirements for the Continuing Teaching License. With minor modification it also meets older Standard Teaching License requirements.

Program Format
The Master of Science in Education degree is a 45 credit program that can lead to Initial Licensure II. The degree has these sections:

  • Professional Education Core (21 credit hours)
  • Content Core (18 credit hours)
  • Exit requirement (6 credits) - We offer two options to complete this requirement:

    1. Thesis or Professional Project (ED 603)
    2. Electives approved by advisor and pass Comprehensive Exams

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