About the Online/Blended Graduate Education Program

The Graduate Education Department offers the Master of Science (MS) with a major in education and emphasis in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership; Reading; English; Mathematics and Sports Leadership. The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) are embedded in the competencies of this program of study. Participants will build knowledge in subject matter, instructional practices, and the learning/teaching process. Participants will integrate current research into effective practices and develop the leadership capacities necessary to implement effective educational practices in local settings.

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Website

The Master of Science in Education program is offered:


Emphases descriptions

**See catalog for additional information and Course Schedules for course offerings

English: The English emphasis is appropriate for licensed English/Language Arts teachers, two-year college instructors, and people with bachelor’s degrees in English who wish to pursue graduate coursework. This emphasis allows students to add content and depth to their knowledge of literature and composition through research-based coursework.

Reading: The reading emphasis, added to a current teaching license, will increase knowledge and skills in research-based reading practices. The licensure prepares participants to be a reading specialist in schools and to teach reading to K-12 students and to meet the state requirements for teaching k-12 reading.

Mathematics: The mathematics emphasis is appropriate for licensed secondary mathematics teachers who wish to pursue graduate coursework in mathematics education. This emphasis provides educators with an in-depth understanding and practical application of the mathematics they teach and the processes involved in learning and leadership through research-based coursework.

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership: The Teaching, Learning, and Leadership emphasis is appropriate for licensed teachers, community or technical instructors, and individuals with bachelor’s degrees who wish to pursue graduate coursework in education. This emphasis provides educators with an in-depth understanding and practical application of teaching, learning, and leadership processes through research-based coursework.

Sports Leadership: The sports leadership emphasis, designed for teachers or degree holders interested in various sports roles in schools or higher education, will increase knowledge and skills in teaching/coaching, leadership/management, or sales/marketing.

Teaching English as a Second Language:  English as a second language, added to a current teaching license, will prepare teachers to meet the state requirements for ESL instruction.  The emphasis will increase knowledge and skills in research-based practices for working with English-language learners.  The program contains 30 total credits, including 8 three credit classes and a 3 credit practicum.  This program will lead to a K-12 ESL license in Minnesota.

THE VISION

Communities of practice investigating learning and teaching.

THE MISSION

The mission of the teacher education program at SMSU is to create communities of practice where each learner is an active participant in the investigation of learning, teaching, and leadership processes. Teachers and learners will engage in educational theory, research, inquiry, critical reflection, and application.

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