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Master of Science in Education — Instruction online

Complete Coursework: In as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $15,000

Program Overview


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With no certificate or licensure track and a curriculum that is 50 percent required courses and 50 percent electives, the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online provides the flexibility to adapt your degree to your specific professional goals.

If you’re already a licensed K-12 teacher, the MSE-Instruction builds on entry-level education and expands your teaching professionalism with more in-depth work on the learning process (child and adult), along with best practices in assessment and instruction.

If you’re not a licensed classroom teacher, the MSE-Instruction gives you the tools to provide community education and outreach; teach at a technical or community college or private educational environment that does not require a license. This program also provides the background to supervise, manage or coordinate community organizations such as the YMCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, after-school programs that provide educational services, or organizations that work with parents such as Head Start.

Prepare for numerous traditional and non-traditional teaching roles while you learn on your own schedule. The program can be completed in as few as 12 months.

There is no teaching degree required for admission into the MSEI program.

Career outcomes for the MSEI online include:

  • Instructional or program coordinator
  • Training and development specialist
  • Program outreach administrator
  • Technical career educator
  • Corporate trainer, technical trainer or educator
  • E-learning developer
  • Senior instructor

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online, students must complete five required courses (15 credit hours) and five electives (15 credit hours). Students can choose courses from the other two online MSE programs—MSE in Educational Administration or MSE in Special Education—and/or transfer up to 9 approved credit hours to count for three of their elective courses.

To see the full list of our MSEI online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Any individual with an undergraduate degree is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online degree program. It is not necessary to be engaged in classroom teaching or to hold credentials as a classroom teacher to apply. Other factors considered for admission include official documents, a professional resume and a minimum undergraduate GPA.

To learn more about our MSEI online admissions requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Tuition cost for the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online degree program is the same affordable price for students who reside in-state or out-of-state. To help make the cost more manageable, students pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $56 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition.

To learn more about our MSEI online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Education — Instruction online students, there are multiple start dates each year on the academic calendar. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all the required documents, register for classes and pay for tuition for their desired program start date. You can be Superior any time of the year.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MSEI online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online, the curriculum includes five core courses (15 credit hours) and five electives (15 credit hours).

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of foundational and recent theories in student learning, motivation, and learning environments, and their practical implementation in today's K-12 classroom. Focuses on how students learn and how to effect student engagement. Course specifically supports professional development in relation to Wisconsin teacher standards 2, 3, 5 and 6 toward both the Professional and Master Educator licenses; and INTASC and National Board Standards.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the principles followed in constructing, using and analyzing formal and informal assessment tasks, tools, standardized tests and results of educational research in the classroom. Course specifically supports professional development in relation to Wisconsin teacher standards 3, 8 and 10 toward both the Professional and Master Educator licenses; and INTASC and National Board standards.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Engages teachers in analyzing and reflecting on current developments and practices in curriculum planning and instructional strategies in K-12 classrooms. Course specifically supports professional development in relation to Wisconsin teacher standards 1, 4 and 7 toward both the Professional and Master Educator licenses; and INTASC and National Board standards.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research process as it relates to classroom teaching. Focus is on research design and methodology (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) as well as the practitioner's role in initiating and utilizing research. Students create a research proposal and plan. Course specifically supports professional development in relation to Wisconsin Teacher Standards 6, 7, 8 and 10.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students design and carry out a research project with the advice and approval of the advisor and special area consultant. Upon completion and approval of the research project by the advisor and consultant, the student gives an oral presentation of the paper to faculty and students. Course specifically supports professional development in relation to Wisconsin Teacher Standards 7, 8 and 9. Consent of instructor is required to enroll in this course.

Choose five electives from the following two lists, depending on whether your focus is on K-12 classroom teaching or community education:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students research the various federally identified disability groupings of exceptionalities, including examination of the effect of federal, state and local laws and policies on education for students with these exceptionalities. Research into the historical perspectives, legislation and litigation provides background for discussion of current models, theories and philosophies of special education today. Students complete (present) a classroom project (paper) related to current legislation, regulations, policies and/or ethical issues surrounding educational services for students with exceptionalities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students observe, research and reflect upon methods, strategies and materials for adapting curricula to meet the learning needs of students with mild to severe high-incidence exceptional educational needs. Emphasizes knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to evaluate students' academic and social needs, research and design appropriate curricula, make modifications and adaptations throughout and across curricular, differentiate curriculum and instruction, and use research-based teaching strategies. Students modify an existing curricular element and practice the modification with one or more students in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on the major issues of learning and reflecting upon the skills and dispositions necessary for managing a special education classroom and/or case load. Includes curriculum design and evaluation, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, time management, assistive technology and universal design. A fieldwork curriculum research project and presentation is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of selected theories and research relating to individual and group behaviors in K-12 educational organizations with emphasis on leadership characteristics of educational administrators, including participatory management, long-range strategic planning and change-agent processes. Particular emphasis given to human relations skills as well as oral and written communication skills needed by public school leaders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the theories and related practices of curriculum development and curriculum organization in American schools. Focuses on methods, materials and strategies in the development, organization and delivery of curriculum in the American K-12 school system. Special emphasis given to development and interpretation of philosophical statements and management. Attention given to utilization of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction curriculum guides.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of issues related to inequities and inequalities in PK-12 schools. Explores diversity in education from a historical perspective to inform institutional practices regarding race, culture, class and gender. Considers power dynamics, pedagogy and ideologies that frame education in a democratic society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study in the understanding of conflict and handling such in the educational setting. Recognition of the role of communication to express conflict and knowledge of resolution techniques, different approaches to negotiations and basic mediation skills for administrators in the K-12 setting. Also explores the phenomena of school violence and means to respond.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the legal framework within which school district employees must operate. Emphasis on laws and sources of laws which affect students and instruction.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of selected theories and research relating to individual and group behaviors in K-12 educational organizations with emphasis on leadership characteristics of educational administrators, including participatory management, long-range strategic planning and change-agent processes. Particular emphasis given to human relations skills as well as oral and written communication skills needed by public school leaders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the theories and related practices of curriculum development and curriculum organization in American schools. Focuses on methods, materials and strategies in the development, organization and delivery of curriculum in the American K-12 school system. Special emphasis given to development and interpretation of philosophical statements and management. Attention given to utilization of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction curriculum guides.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examination of issues related to inequities and inequalities in PK-12 schools. Explores diversity in education from a historical perspective to inform institutional practices regarding race, culture, class and gender. Considers power dynamics, pedagogy and ideologies that frame education in a democratic society.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study in the understanding of conflict and handling such in the educational setting. Recognition of the role of communication to express conflict and knowledge of resolution techniques, different approaches to negotiations and basic mediation skills for administrators in the K-12 setting. Also explores the phenomena of school violence and means to respond.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students observe, research and reflect upon methods, strategies and materials for adapting curricula to meet the learning needs of students with mild to severe high-incidence exceptional educational needs. Emphasizes knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to evaluate students' academic and social needs, research and design appropriate curricula, make modifications and adaptations throughout and across curricular, differentiate curriculum and instruction, and use research-based teaching strategies. Students modify an existing curricular element and practice the modification with one or more students in the field.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focus on the major issues of learning and reflecting upon the skills and dispositions necessary for managing a special education classroom and/or case load. Includes curriculum design and evaluation, collaboration with multiple stakeholders, time management, assistive technology and universal design. A fieldwork curriculum research project and presentation is required.

Admissions


The admissions process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Science in Education — Instruction Online Requirements

All individuals with an undergraduate degree, even if it is not an education degree, are eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Education — Instruction online degree program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75/4.00 or a 2.90/4.00 grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate program. Undergraduate and graduate work from all colleges attended will be considered.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all your undergraduate and graduate work to date. We are unable to accept transcripts from students. If you have taken courses at UW-Superior, transcripts are not required.
  • A professional resume
  • It is not necessary to be engaged in classroom teaching or to hold credentials as a classroom teacher.
  • No GRE required
  • Attest to no criminal background

View the International Admissions Requirements.

Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Education — Instruction online:

Program Per Credit Hour* Per Three-Credit Hour* Total Tuition w/ Fees*
MSE — Instruction online $500 $1,500 $15,000

*Includes required technology fees

Calendar


Master of Education — Instruction online

At the University of Wisconsin-Superior, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline*
Summer II July 10, 2017 June 19, 2017 June 26, 2017 July 3, 2017 July 7, 2017
Fall I September 5, 2017 August 14, 2017 August 21, 2017 August 28, 2017 September 1, 2017
Fall II October 30, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 16, 2017 October 23, 2017 October 27, 2017

*All payments must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. CST. There will be no exceptions.

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Student Profile
Keep Learning to Keep Up With a Changing World

“The instruction degree just gave me really good, up-to-date teaching tips and different styles of teaching because [they are] constantly changing and evolving. Not having been back to school for years, I really felt the need to keep up with the change. I think that’s something we all need to do. I think we should constantly seek more schooling, whether it’s in certificates, workshops, conferences or whatever it is. The world is constantly changing.”

-Danna Livingston, Master of Science in Education in Instruction, May 2016

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