Feb 06, 2023
MSE Program Information
The Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree program involves advanced study designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of licensed, practicing teachers in P-12 schools. The program blends studies of educational theory with analysis of current educational issues and practices. The program of study includes 33 credit hours culminating in a research project implemented in the graduate student’s P-12 classroom or school. The program does not lead to initial teacher licensure. However, courses may be used for license renewal. Programs are offered in the following areas:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Leadership and Administration
- Secondary Mathematics Teaching
Graduate Studies Admission Criteria and Application Process
Refer to the Admission section of the bulletin for information about Graduate Studies admission criteria and the online application process.
MSE Program Admission Requirements
Applicants must be admitted to Graduate Studies then be accepted into the specific MSE track. In addition to the requirements for admission to Graduate Studies, admission to the MSE program requires the following:
- A baccalaureate degree (minimum cumulative GPA 2.75) from an accredited college or university with a degree in education or a related field
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level at all schools attended
- A copy of a standard U.S. teaching license or an approved waiver form
- A completed personal information form that includes a record of teaching experience (e.g. curriculum vitae, resume)
The (Secondary) Mathematics Teaching track also requires a baccalaureate degree with a major in mathematics or mathematics teaching.
All Master of Science in Education programs address learning outcomes in the areas of advanced instruction, curriculum theory, human development, and social foundations appropriate for the specific emphasis. Graduates of the Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Secondary Mathematics Teaching will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the varied dimensions of the relationship between schools and their surrounding community, as well as the ability to use that understanding to ensure equitable and respectful treatment of all stakeholders and develop and implement a collaboratively developed mission and vision for a school;
- critically evaluate research on educational issues such as pedagogical practices, student learning, and educational polices and engage in action research to advance student learning;
- apply theories and best practices of curriculum, instruction, and assessment relevant to their roles in education;
- engage in reflection and critical inquiry to explore educational issues related to curriculum and instruction;
- demonstrate knowledge of advanced mathematics in the areas of mathematics typically taught in grades 9-12; and,
- apply mathematics processes in their own learning of advanced mathematics.
The Master of Science in Education degree program with an emphasis in Secondary Mathematics Teaching is designed to enhance the content knowledge and skills of licensed, practicing secondary mathematics teachers. Eighteen credit hours in mathematics classes prepares graduates of the program to teach dual-credit mathematics courses or to teach mathematics at some higher education institutions.
Mathematics Courses (18 hours)
Choose 6 of the following seven courses:
Education Electives (6 hours)
Choose 2 of the following courses.
Research Sequence (9 hours)
All MSE students must complete the research sequence requirement – 9 hours. (Note these courses must be taken at USI. Transfer courses will not be accepted for the research sequence.)