Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Bulletin 
2024-2025 Graduate Bulletin

Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction (MSE)

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MSE Program Information

Program Description

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 30 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:

  1. A baccalaureate degree (minimum cumulative GPA 2.75) from an accredited college or university with a degree in education or a related field
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level at all schools attended
  3. A copy of a standard U.S. teaching license or an approved waiver form
  4. 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.

Program Outcomes

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 Curriculum and Instruction will:

  1. 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;
  2. critically evaluate research on educational issues such as pedagogical practices, student learning, and educational polices and engage in action research to advance student learning;
  3. employ data literacy, data analysis, and technology to plan for the improvement of professional practice, the improvement of school organization, and/or program effectiveness;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal considerations and practices surrounding curricular, instructional, and operational decision-making appropriate for their roles in education;
  5. apply theories and best practices of curriculum, instruction, and assessment relevant to their roles in education; and,
  6. engage in reflection and critical inquiry to explore educational issues related to curriculum and instruction.


The Master of Science in Education degree program with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizes community, reflection, Improvement science, and continuous improvement of professional practice. The individual program of study can be completed with coursework from a variety of content-specific disciplines.

Required Courses (6 hours)

Take two of the following courses:

Electives/Individual Program of Study (18 hours)

The Director of Graduate Programs in the Teacher Education department will consult with each student regarding appropriate coursework to be included in an 18 credit hour individual program of study. Example programs of study include reading, special education, kinesiology and sport, health, and other choices that can be made from among graduate-level courses offered by individual academic departments and by other graduate programs, as permitted.

Research Sequence (6 hours)

All MSE students must complete the 6 hour research sequence. Note: these courses must be taken at USI. Transfer courses will not be accepted for the research sequence.

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