Teacher Education Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Program
About the Program
Classes in the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction are offered completely on-line. Students take six hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and can finish in six semesters. The program and instruction is perfect for professional educators who want to continue their education around their busy schedules. Faculty members who teach in the M.S.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction program are experienced educational leaders and content specialists. The program provides both teachers and teacher education graduates with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in education, improve their practice and learn how to better plan and carry out their curriculum.
What You'll Learn
- The teacher understands how students learn, develop and differ in their approaches to learning. The teacher provides learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
- The teacher understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the learner’s progress and uses both classroom and standardized assessment data to plan ongoing instruction. The teacher monitors the performance of each student, and devises instruction to enable students to grow and develop, making adequate academic progress.
Program of Study
|Required for degree completion||36 credit hours|
|Required Courses for M.S.Ed., C&I major||18 credit hours|
|EDUC 630 - Assessment of Student Learning||3|
|EDUC 650 - Research Design||3|
|EDUC 605 - Educational Technology||3|
|EDUC 620 - Advanced Learning Theories||3|
|EDUC 625 - Literacy Instruction||3|
|EDUC 640 - Curriculum Construction||3|
|Electives||18 credit hours|
|EDUC 645 - Improvement of Instruction||3|
|EDUC 635 - School Law||3|
|EDUC 660 - Teacher Leadership||3|
|EDUC 601 - Current Issues||3|
|EDUC 610 - Multiculturalism in Education||3|
|EDUC 615 - Managing Classroom Environments||3|
Electives can be taken toward customized emphasis areas, including Secondary Content and/or *TESOL.
*leading to certification. Meet with the graduate program advisor to build your plan of study.
Admission to the M.S. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction
- Complete application for admission and pay application fee.
- Possess and earned baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri Southern State University.
- Submit to the MSSU Admission Office your official undergraduate transcript showing a minimum overal grade point average* of 3.000. *GRE scores may be able to substitute for unmet GPA requirement. Contact the graduate program advisor for details. Graduate program transcripts will need to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit a professional autobiography focused on the applicant's professional goals and leadership roles.
- Submit reference forms, one from current principal and two from professional colleagues.
- 6 to 8 hours, part-time aid
- 9 or more hours, full-time aid
can be used for graduate studies provided the student is degree-seeking.
Lion Pride Tuition : Students in the M.S.Ed. program are eligible for Lion Pride tuition grants in-state tuition to students from Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas and 30 counties in Illinois.
TEACH grants are available to eligible graduate students.
Books, tuition and student fees are subject to change annually.
Tuition and Fees
Out of State Tuition - $375 per credit hour
Graduate Program Fee - $20 per credit hour
Comprehensive Examination Fee - fee assessed by semester
Beginning this fall (2016), the Lion Pride Tuition Discount will include every state touching Missouri: Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska; and all counties in Texas.
Steps to Graduation
- The graduate program student must successfully complete the Comprehensive Final Examination. The Teacher Education Department will notify the student with the specific date and time of the exam.
- The graduation application form must be completed by the student and signed by the graduate program adviser. The completed graduation application must be submitted to the Registrar through the Dean's Office.
- Prior to commencement, the Missouri Southern State University Registrar's Office will mail commencement information, which will contain a form to order academic regalia.
- A one-time, graduation fee will be assessed and must be paid, regardless of student participation in the commencement exercise.
Maggie Beachner, PH.D
Teacher Education Graduate Program Coordinator