Continue to Teach While Advancing Your Education

Master of Science Degree in Education

Enroll while teaching preschool through grade 12 levels and you can earn your master of science degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction or early childhood education in just four semesters. The program schedule was designed to be compatible with public and parochial school calendars and is published well in advance so you can manage your time teaching and studying.

The courses in College of Saint Mary’s master's in education program are a blend of in-classroom instruction with online classes, and we infuse technology integration in our sequential, six-week modules. You will be involved in collaborative learning and individual projects – all aligned with state and national standards and school improvement plans. 

With additional course work, you can earn an endorsement in special education or English as a Second Language (ESL).

 

Required Courses for Your Major

Master of Science in Education with Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

Educational Leadership

In this course, you will examine theories and research related to leadership in educational organizations including major schools of thought regarding leadership theory and organizational theory, and how leadership occurs.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

You will learn to create a meaningful teaching-learning environment for students using principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

In this course, you will be introduced to the best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in PK -12 education, continuing education and staff development. You will also study various methods for designing, conducting and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes, and explore underlying selection, construction, administration and interpretation of educational tests.

Research Statistics

You will prepare to utilize and interpret statistics for a master’s level research project including a review of descriptive statistics including distributions, introduction to central tendencies, population and sample, focusing on inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and correlation.

Research Methods

Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools to conduct a major research project including conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Learning in Educational Settings

You will consider how theory, research and practice inform each other in order to improve the efforts of educators. It engages you in in-depth exploration of learning theories and how they relate to learning in today’s classrooms. Topics including how to interest and engage students; intelligence and creativity; the conditions for generating student satisfaction with learning; the relationship between teaching and learning; and issues of assessment and accountability will be addressed.

Improvement of Teaching

In this course, we will address topics of concern to practicing teachers and guide you in developing action plans to revise your teaching and classroom management practices to improve learning in their classrooms. You will consider various theories and models of teaching and classroom management to develop knowledge and skills required to improve their teaching.

Technology Integration in Instruction

We will examine the role of technology in today’s classrooms. You will gain knowledge and develop skills necessary to use, evaluate, plan and implement technologies effectively within a school or school system. You will also examine issues, including funding, pedagogy, curricular integration, social media, security and ethics and professional development associated with computers and other technologies.

Special Projects

This course will guide educators through implementing knowledge and skills acquired through program coursework in genuine educational settings. Through electronic discussion, students will share experiences and results of their projects and receive assistance from the instructor.

Diversity and Education

You will engage, explore and analyze issues that influence how instructional practices affect the learning of diverse student populations. You will examine curricular and instructional strategies needed to meet the needs of diverse student populations and to focus on sociological and cultural influences on learning. Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guide are studied and applied in this course.

Capstone Project

Prerequisite: Advisor Approval. You will explore a problem or issue within your area of educational practice. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project should synthesize and apply concepts you acquire in the program. 

 

Master of Science in Education with Early Childhood Education Emphasis

Educational Leadership

In this course, you will examine theories and research related to leadership in educational organizations including major schools of thought regarding leadership theory and organizational theory and how leadership occurs.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

You will learn to create a meaningful teaching-learning environment for students using principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

In this course, you will be introduced to the best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in PK-12 education, continuing education and staff development. You will also study various methods for designing, conducting and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes, and explore underlying selection, construction, administration and interpretation of educational tests.

Research Statistics

You will prepare to utilize and interpret statistics for a master’s level research project including a review of descriptive statistics including distributions, introduction to central tendencies, population and sample, focusing on inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and correlation.

Research Methods

Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools to conduct a major research project including conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

Using sound principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation, you will learn to create a meaningful and significant teaching-learning environment for all students. You will examine effective practices, procedures and theories for the development, implementation and evaluation of quality curriculum. A major focus of the course is the theoretical relationship among curriculum, instruction and assessment as a basis for creating and evaluating standards-based curriculum. We will explore approaches to standards-based curriculum and assessment, apply these approaches to PK-12 classrooms and analyze current issues and theories about curriculum throughout the course. 

Play and the Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum

In this course, we will focus on the nature and the value of play as essential to children’s social, cognitive, physical and emotional development. You will learn the principles of developmentally appropriate practice and be able to plan, organize and evaluate activities, develop curricular plans and set up effective indoor and outdoor learning environments. Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction of content and pedagogy. 

Advanced Language Development & Literacy in Early Childhood 

You will learn to select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate language skills development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We will discuss theories in language acquisition. This course includes instruction in skills and strategies for teaching reading and writing skills and and guiding students in reading for enjoyment and understanding. Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction of content and pedagogy. 

Early Childhood Education Theories and Practices

This course provides an overview of the theoretical models that have a significant influence on the development of various early childhood curricula. You will learn a historical perspective of early childhood education, leading up to and including present-day practices. You will learn to apply theory to practice within the classroom setting for children ages birth through eight and will learn to design family engagement activities. 

Observation, Documentation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

You will learn to observe and assess children objectively, analyze their learning habits and provide for meeting the needs of children. We will address the use of informal observation strategies and developmentally appropriate standardized assessment tools. You will learn requirements for Results Matter assessment tools and become familiar with Teaching Strategies GOLD.  Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction of content and pedagogy.

Early Childhood Program Organization and Leadership

Students learn the duties and responsibilities of leaders of early childhood programs and agencies. The development of leadership and advocacy skills will be emphasized. Students will become informed about laws and regulations that impact licensing, regulation and accreditation of early childhood programs. Professional ethics and dispositions and professional development will be addressed.

Capstone Project

Prerequisite: Advisor Approval. You will explore a problem or issue within your area of educational practice. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project should synthesize and apply concepts you acquire in the program. 

Requirements for Graduating with a Master of Science Degree in Education from College of Saint Mary

To complete the master of science degree in education, you must complete 36 credit hours:

  • 21 credit hours in major program courses
  • 15 credit hours in content courses

 

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education 888-285-2556.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Master of Science in Education Program

  • Completed College of Saint Mary Graduate Program application
  • Official Transcripts from institution accredited to award bachelor’s degree in education (with certified translations, for non-English transcripts)
  • Verification of teaching certificate (current or lapsed). An endorsement in elementary education required for ECE Emphasis
  • Copy of passing PPST scores if not licensed in Nebraska
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater 
  • Resumé
  • Two references
  • $30 non-refundable application fee.
  • Proof of English competency for international students for whom English is not the first language. Applicants must demonstrate English competency by accomplishing at least one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): an Internet based score of 80 or above Test of Written English (TWE): a score of 4 or above; or ESL Language Center: completion of Level 9

 

Academic Description

Continue to Teach While Advancing Your Education

Master of Science Degree in Education

Enroll while teaching preschool through grade 12 levels and you can earn your master of science degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction or early childhood education in just four semesters. The program schedule was designed to be compatible with public and parochial school calendars and is published well in advance so you can manage your time teaching and studying.

The courses in College of Saint Mary’s master's in education program are a blend of in-classroom instruction with online classes, and we infuse technology integration in our sequential, six-week modules. You will be involved in collaborative learning and individual projects – all aligned with state and national standards and school improvement plans. 

With additional course work, you can earn an endorsement in special education or English as a Second Language (ESL).

 

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education 888-285-2556.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Master of Science in Education Program

  • Completed College of Saint Mary Graduate Program application
  • Official Transcripts from institution accredited to award bachelor’s degree in education (with certified translations, for non-English transcripts)
  • Verification of teaching certificate (current or lapsed). An endorsement in elementary education required for ECE Emphasis
  • Copy of passing PPST scores if not licensed in Nebraska
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater 
  • Resumé
  • Two references
  • $30 non-refundable application fee.
  • Proof of English competency for international students for whom English is not the first language. Applicants must demonstrate English competency by accomplishing at least one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): an Internet based score of 80 or above Test of Written English (TWE): a score of 4 or above; or ESL Language Center: completion of Level 9

 

Curriculum

Required Courses for Your Major

Master of Science in Education with Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis

Educational Leadership

In this course, you will examine theories and research related to leadership in educational organizations including major schools of thought regarding leadership theory and organizational theory, and how leadership occurs.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

You will learn to create a meaningful teaching-learning environment for students using principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

In this course, you will be introduced to the best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in PK -12 education, continuing education and staff development. You will also study various methods for designing, conducting and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes, and explore underlying selection, construction, administration and interpretation of educational tests.

Research Statistics

You will prepare to utilize and interpret statistics for a master’s level research project including a review of descriptive statistics including distributions, introduction to central tendencies, population and sample, focusing on inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and correlation.

Research Methods

Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools to conduct a major research project including conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Learning in Educational Settings

You will consider how theory, research and practice inform each other in order to improve the efforts of educators. It engages you in in-depth exploration of learning theories and how they relate to learning in today’s classrooms. Topics including how to interest and engage students; intelligence and creativity; the conditions for generating student satisfaction with learning; the relationship between teaching and learning; and issues of assessment and accountability will be addressed.

Improvement of Teaching

In this course, we will address topics of concern to practicing teachers and guide you in developing action plans to revise your teaching and classroom management practices to improve learning in their classrooms. You will consider various theories and models of teaching and classroom management to develop knowledge and skills required to improve their teaching.

Technology Integration in Instruction

We will examine the role of technology in today’s classrooms. You will gain knowledge and develop skills necessary to use, evaluate, plan and implement technologies effectively within a school or school system. You will also examine issues, including funding, pedagogy, curricular integration, social media, security and ethics and professional development associated with computers and other technologies.

Special Projects

This course will guide educators through implementing knowledge and skills acquired through program coursework in genuine educational settings. Through electronic discussion, students will share experiences and results of their projects and receive assistance from the instructor.

Diversity and Education

You will engage, explore and analyze issues that influence how instructional practices affect the learning of diverse student populations. You will examine curricular and instructional strategies needed to meet the needs of diverse student populations and to focus on sociological and cultural influences on learning. Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guide are studied and applied in this course.

Capstone Project

Prerequisite: Advisor Approval. You will explore a problem or issue within your area of educational practice. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project should synthesize and apply concepts you acquire in the program. 

 

Master of Science in Education with Early Childhood Education Emphasis

Educational Leadership

In this course, you will examine theories and research related to leadership in educational organizations including major schools of thought regarding leadership theory and organizational theory and how leadership occurs.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

You will learn to create a meaningful teaching-learning environment for students using principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

In this course, you will be introduced to the best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in PK-12 education, continuing education and staff development. You will also study various methods for designing, conducting and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes, and explore underlying selection, construction, administration and interpretation of educational tests.

Research Statistics

You will prepare to utilize and interpret statistics for a master’s level research project including a review of descriptive statistics including distributions, introduction to central tendencies, population and sample, focusing on inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and correlation.

Research Methods

Evidenced-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools to conduct a major research project including conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

Using sound principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation, you will learn to create a meaningful and significant teaching-learning environment for all students. You will examine effective practices, procedures and theories for the development, implementation and evaluation of quality curriculum. A major focus of the course is the theoretical relationship among curriculum, instruction and assessment as a basis for creating and evaluating standards-based curriculum. We will explore approaches to standards-based curriculum and assessment, apply these approaches to PK-12 classrooms and analyze current issues and theories about curriculum throughout the course. 

Play and the Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum

In this course, we will focus on the nature and the value of play as essential to children’s social, cognitive, physical and emotional development. You will learn the principles of developmentally appropriate practice and be able to plan, organize and evaluate activities, develop curricular plans and set up effective indoor and outdoor learning environments. Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction of content and pedagogy. 

Advanced Language Development & Literacy in Early Childhood 

You will learn to select, plan, organize and evaluate activities that facilitate language skills development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We will discuss theories in language acquisition. This course includes instruction in skills and strategies for teaching reading and writing skills and and guiding students in reading for enjoyment and understanding. Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction of content and pedagogy. 

Early Childhood Education Theories and Practices

This course provides an overview of the theoretical models that have a significant influence on the development of various early childhood curricula. You will learn a historical perspective of early childhood education, leading up to and including present-day practices. You will learn to apply theory to practice within the classroom setting for children ages birth through eight and will learn to design family engagement activities. 

Observation, Documentation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

You will learn to observe and assess children objectively, analyze their learning habits and provide for meeting the needs of children. We will address the use of informal observation strategies and developmentally appropriate standardized assessment tools. You will learn requirements for Results Matter assessment tools and become familiar with Teaching Strategies GOLD.  Appropriate use of instructional technology is integrated into instruction of content and pedagogy.

Early Childhood Program Organization and Leadership

Students learn the duties and responsibilities of leaders of early childhood programs and agencies. The development of leadership and advocacy skills will be emphasized. Students will become informed about laws and regulations that impact licensing, regulation and accreditation of early childhood programs. Professional ethics and dispositions and professional development will be addressed.

Capstone Project

Prerequisite: Advisor Approval. You will explore a problem or issue within your area of educational practice. Similar in weight to a thesis, but more flexible, this final project should synthesize and apply concepts you acquire in the program. 

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduating with a Master of Science Degree in Education from College of Saint Mary

To complete the master of science degree in education, you must complete 36 credit hours:

  • 21 credit hours in major program courses
  • 15 credit hours in content courses