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An electronic newsletter from the BSU School of Graduate Studies

Vol. 4, No. 8

February 2008

 

The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work

Diploma

 

This month . . .

      Ins and Outs: Investigating Grad Programs

†††††††††††††† The Education Programs

      Additional Information about the Professional Education Department

      Q&A: Question of the Month?

Black History Month

 

 

Investigating Programs in Education

 

 

Master of Science in Education (M.S. in Ed)

The Degree

This program is meant to provide P-12 and postsecondary teachers with an advanced state of knowledge and professionalism regarding history, theories, and methodologies of education.

The Master of Science, Education is a research degree that aims to develop highly qualified professional teacher-researchers who wish to contribute to the academic knowledge base.It is designed to meet six program standards from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

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Preparation

Students should have an undergraduate degree, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. The program is open to anyone with an interest in education.

Program of Study

The M.S. Education program of study includes 19 credits of core (required) courses, a minimum of 14 elective credits, and 2-4 research credits (formal paper or thesis).

Competency Requirement

Students must demonstrate competence in technology, a foreign language, or statistics.

Thesis/Research Paper

Students must complete either a thesis or research paper upon the completion of their course work in order to finish their degree.Whether a student completes a research paper or thesis is dependent upon the interest of the student, the studentís academic goals, and the guidance of the studentís advisor.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Degree

This program is meant to provide P-12 and postsecondary teachers with an advanced state of knowledge and professionalism regarding history, theories, and methodologies of education.

The Master of Education is an applied degree that is offered for practicing P-K-12 or postsecondary teachers who wish to improve their own classroom teaching skills.It is designed to meet six program standards from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Preparation

Students should have an undergraduate degree, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. The program is open to anyone with an interest in education.

Program of Study

The M.Ed. program of study includes 19 credits of core (required) courses, a minimum of 16 elective credits, and 3 capstone (application) credits (ED6155 Capstone Experience)

Competency Requirement

Students must demonstrate competence in technology, a foreign language, or statistics.

Capstone Project

Students completing a M.Ed. degree are required to complete a Capstone Experience and Project in lieu of a thesis or research paper.The subject of the studentís capstone experience and project is determined with the aid of the studentís project advisor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A: M.Ed. and M.S. in Education Ė the difference?

Q: Whatís the difference between a M.Ed. and a M.S. degree in Education?

A: First, the similarities:

    Same core courses

    Same options for areas of study

Now the differences:

M.S. in Education Ė research-oriented degree for those who intend to go beyond a masterís degree or want to do scholarly research; a formal paper or thesis is required

M.Ed. Ė applied degree designed for practicing teachers who plan to remain in the classroom and want to improve their teaching knowledge and skills; additional coursework is required, without a formal research paper or thesis

You may choose either degree regardless of your future plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the M.S. Education or M.Ed. degree programs, please contact:

Ms. Nancy Van Erp at nvanerp@bemidjistate.edu or Dr. Catherine McCartney at cmccartney@bemidjistate.edu.You may also contact the Professional Education Department (218-755-3734).

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