The Division of Teacher Education’s Master of Science in Education Program




The field of education continues to evolve. The future brings new demands for different types of educational leaders, curriculum developers, effective education strategies, and more in different education settings. The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree provides a critical, advanced, and intellectually rigorous curriculum for 21st century educators. Graduate students will advance their knowledge of the teaching/learning process and research-based practices, 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. This program option is intended for teachers and other educational professionals who already possess certification or licenses in their field as well as those who do not require certification or licensure.  The MSEd program is open both to school-based candidates and those who are not school-based but have an interest in pursuing one or more areas in education. The MSEd program does not lead to a teaching license. Graduates of the MSEd

  • are called upon to design and implement new programs,
  • become leaders (e.g. coaches, mentors, curriculum specialists, education coordinators)
  • go on to doctoral programs,
  • work in education fields such as P-12 teaching, environmental education centers, museums, health education, government, recreation, and non-profits.


Planning and Advising

Our program is designed to be convenient for working professional educators. We offer courses face to face, hybrid and 100% online to allow flexibility. You can begin the program any term of the academic year. The amount of time to complete the 45 credit program varies from student to student. Many students complete the program in two years, including completing a capstone exit requirement of a master’s thesis, professional project, or comprehensive exam.

The MSEd program coordinator serves as an advisor for all MSEd students. Once you are admitted to the MSEd program you will be assigned another faculty advisor from the program area that best fits your interests, content area, certificate, specialization or endorsement you have selected. Advisors will help each student develop a program plan.


The Program

  • Overview of the MSEd program (45 credits total): The MSEd program consists of the professional education core, your selected content area and a capstone exit requirement. Some content areas embed a certificate, specialization or endorsement. Those students selecting curriculum and instruction as their content area also select a focus area. All licensed teachers must complete a practicum experience in a school setting.
  • Professional education core (21 cr): The professional education core consists of courses that are designed to deepen content knowledge in education theory, practice, leadership, social foundations of education, education technology and research in education.
  • Content areas, endorsements, specializations and certificates (18 cr): Each student selects a content area. Content areas are available in subject areas (e.g. mathematics, biology, health) and in education (e.g. curriculum and instruction, ESOL, reading, STEM education…). Some content areas include an endorsement, specialization or certificate.
  • Capstone exit options (6 cr): MSEd students have several options for their capstone exit option. Choices are a traditional thesis (6cr), professional project (6 cr) or comprehensive exams. Students work with a three person committee that includes their advisor, to complete a thesis and professional project. Those choosing comprehensive exams do not have a committee. Two elective courses (6 cr total) are taken to replace the 6 credits of thesis/professional project.
  • Licensed teachers: All licensed teachers are required to complete a 3 credit practicum in a K-12 school setting. The practicum can be part of the 18 credit focus area or can be embedded as part of the 6 credit capstone ED 603 thesis or professional project.


Applying to MSEd

Prospective students must be admitted to the WOU Graduate Program in addition to the MSEd program. Find out more about WOU Graduate Program admission and application by visiting the WOU Graduate Office’s Master of Science in Education page.

Apply to the MSEd program.


If you have questions, contact Olivia Flores, RWEC 164