Master of Science in Education curriculum overview:
The Master of Science in Education's curriculum builds on educators' teaching skills and professional excellence by expanding their practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching/learning process, increasing their knowledge of content information and materials and showing their commitment to professional excellence and leadership.
The MS in Ed Curriculum arc has three strands. The first strand is the Education Core. This builds on and develops educators' understanding of educational theories, practices, research, ethics, and professional best practices.
The second strand is the content core. Students use the content core to focus on their area of interest and develop rich understanding and exposure to the material as well as gaining valuable experience working with content scholars.
The third strand is the capstone. For the capstone, students may opt for a comprehensive exam or work with faculty on a professional project or thesis.
Your plan of study:
Once admitted to Master of Science in Education, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filing this Program Plan (PDF form), you have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.
Courses for the Master of Science in Education program
Courses for the Master of Science in Education program
Professional Education Core:
- ED 603 Thesis, Professional Project or Field Study (terms and hours to be arranged)
- ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
- ED 632 Cultural, Social, and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
- ED 633 Research and Writing (3) - Prerequisite: ED 611
- ED 635 Action Research (3) - Prerequisite: ED 633
- ED 636 Leadership and Policy in a Diverse Society (3) - Prerequisite: ED 635
- ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy or course as approved by your advisor
- CSE 610 Computers in Education (3) or CSE 624 Internet for Educators (3)
Content Core-18 credits
The following interest areas or endorsements are available. Please select the interest area or endorsement that best fits your needs. To confirm your faculty advisor(s), please contact Bill Hamlin in the College of Education, 503-838-8704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Special Education Initial endorsement is available at WOU through a different master’s degree.
The Content Core is 18 credit hours of coursework in advanced content/specialty from the following programs:
- Biology or life sciences
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and bilingual education
- Early childhood education
- English/language arts
- Integrated science
- Social science
Student's advisors plan this portion of the degree along with the student. Students may continue graduate level work in their academic areas or additional endorsement courses may be added. Students seeking to complete a new authorization level or endorsement within the 18 credit hours portion of the program are required to complete a 90 clock hour practicum in the appropriate authorization level or endorsement. Endorsements are offered in ESOL, Bilingual/ESOL, Early Childhood or Reading.
*All students holding a current teaching license at the time of application are required to complete a 3-credit ED 609 practicum. Your advisor will help you with arrangements.
Exit Electives-3-6 creditsOption 1: Electives (6 credits) and Comprehensive Exams Option 2: Thesis or Professional Project or Field Study (6 credits)
Course rotation for MS in Education 2013-2014:
One section of each ed core class is offered each term, the chart below shows when most classes are taught online.
Fall 2013 Winter 2014 Spring 2014 Summer 2014 CSE 624 Internet for Educators (online) CSE 610 Computers for Educators
All core classes taught.
Format (online vs on campus TBA)
*Note, ED 637 not included.
ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning (online) ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning (online) ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning ED 632 Cultural, Social and Philosophical Issues in Education ED 632 Cultural, Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (online) ED 632 Cultural, Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (online) ED 633 Research and Writing (online) pre-req ED 611 ED 633 Research and Writing pre-req ED 611 ED 633 Research and Writing (online) pre-req ED 611 ED 635 Action Research pre-req ED 633 ED 635 Action Research (online) pre-req ED 633 ED 635 Action Research (online) pre-req ED 633 ED 636 Leadership and Policy in a Diverse Society (online) pre-req ED 635 ED 636 Leadership and Policy in a Diverse Society-pre-req. ED 635 ED 636 Leadership and Policy in a Diverse Society (online) pre-req ED 635 ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy: Health ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy: Social Studies ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy: Language Arts ED 648 Advanced Curriculum and Assessment (online)
ED 603 Thesis, Professional Project or Field Study Terms and hours to be arranged.
ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning (3)
Applies key concepts, models, and strategies related to different theories of learning, including behaviorist, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. Students will examine epistemological frameworks, issues of transfer, social and cultural influences, as well as motivation and engagement to design powerful learning experiences. Will also learn key concepts, models, and strategies related to language acquisition and to cognitive, social, and emotional development.
ED 632 Cultural, Social, and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
Examines issues of learning and culture from a variety of philosophical perspectives, linking practice to theory and ideology. Students will frame their teaching and learning experiences by examining the role of culture in schooling and learning, specifically addressing issues surrounding diversity, and critical perspectives in education.
ED 633 Research and Writing (3)
Students will examine the traditions and theories of both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluate methods, findings, and implication of research studies. Students will produce and critique scholarly writing. Prerequisite: ED 611
ED 635 Action Research (3)
Introduces students to the principles and processes of action research, a form of self-reflective inquiry by practitioners on their own practice. The goals of action research are to better understand and to improve practice. Students develop skills in data collection, analysis, interpretation, as well as the oral and written presentation of research. Prerequisite: ED 633
ED 636 Leadership and Policy in a Diverse Society (3)
Students will analyze current educational policy and potential leadership within multiple contexts.
Emphasizing local, national and global trends, this course will help students explore issues of diversity and the socio-political constructs of schooling. Prerequisite: ED 635
CSE 610 Computers in Education (3)
Course follows two distinct strands of activity: a theoretical/philosophical analysis of the underpinnings of technology use; and hands-on skill development in the use of hardware and software.
CSE 624 Internet for Educators (3)
Course will relate to a number of topics/issues germane to the use of Internet technologies in
schools/classrooms/media centers. Students will become knowledgeable about the practical, theoretical and philosophical implications of using the Internet in education.