Master of Science in Education

We are no longer admitting students into the MS in Education. Please refer to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for furthering your education at the graduate level.

Students currently admitted into the MSED will have the option to complete this program or switch to the MAT.

Please contact Dr. Porter Coggins, Graduate Coordinator, at for more information. 

The Master of Science in Education is a research degree designed for practicing PreK through Post-Secondary Teachers, as well as others interested in education.The 35-credit program includes seven core courses that meet the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). These courses are offered online all year and on campus during the summer.

Program Options

In addition to a final research paper or thesis, students also complete 13 credits of electives in one of three options:

  • Teacher Licensure and Certification
    Recommended for students who teach in areas requiring state licensure or certification.
  • Area of Emphasis
    Recommended for students who teach in a specific discipline and want to focus on a particular area in that discipline.
  • Open Study
    Recommended for students who want to broaden their interdisciplinary knowledge or who teach in a non-traditional discipline.

Consult the BSU Graduate Catalog for additional program and course information.

Recommended Course Sequence

The MS in Education can be completed in 2.5 years by following the recommended sequence below.




Year 1

  • ED 6100: Educational Research I

  • ED 6107: Advanced Educational Psychology

  • ED 6108: The Learning Community

  • ED 6334: Curriculum and Instruction

  • Complete Grad Form 2

  • Electives

Year 2

  • ED 6117: Critical and Creative Thinking

  • ED 6336: Instructional Design

  • ED 6750: Educational Research II

  • Complete Grad Form 3

  • Electives

Year 3

  • ED 6980/6990: Research Paper/Thesis

  • Complete Grad Forms 4 & 5

Visit the Graduate Studies Page for Grad Forms.


Dr. Porter E. Coggins
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Education
(218) 755-2720