Master of Education

Master of Education

Program Philosophy

The Master of Education degree program at The College of St. Scholastica seeks to challenge graduate candidates to evaluate their current practices, expand their views on student learning and assessment, and develop their capacity to apply research-based best practices in their educational settings. Faculty prepare graduate students to identify and analyze educational issues and provide leadership for innovative solutions within their work settings. Finally, candidates develop best practices in the courses they take and become proficient in using action research to address questions from their own practice.

Program Description

The Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) Program is a fully online degree program for practicing teachers and other education professionals. The online Masters of Education Degree engages learners to reflect deeply upon their teaching practice to improve student learning and address critical issues in today's schools. This program prepares educators to meet the needs of "21st Century" learners. Program participants will acquire new strategies on how to use data and research to impact and inform their practice.

Program Format

The program is offered 100% online, which allows education professionals to maintain their current employment status while enhancing their knowledge and skills. The program can be completed in two years including summers.

The program uses the cohort model where program participants move through the core program courses together. A host of technologies have been implemented to help bridge the gap between the computer and the classroom. In addition, students are encouraged to work together. Some assignments will require collaboration with colleagues.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Education Degree at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:

  • Student Learning: Candidates will apply best practices and effective instructional strategies grounded in current education theory to promote student learning.
  • Diversity: Candidates will develop cultural self-awareness and cultural competency to work effectively with students and communities of diverse backgrounds.
  • Critical Thinking and Inquiry: Candidates will engage in the process of inquiry and critical thinking regarding current educational issues and practices.
  • Assessment: Using data to make informed decisions: Candidates will be able to examine and analyze data to make informed instructional student centered decisions.
  • Technology: Candidates will identify and apply 21st Century technologies and strategies to enhance student learning.
  • Leadership/Change agent: Candidates will gain skills to become advocates and change agents for 21st century learners.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Education Degree Program will consider applicants who:

  • Submit a completed Graduate Admissions Application form
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate course work;
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.80;
  • Submit a completed Master of Education essay;
  • Submit two Graduate Recommendation forms from educational professionals,
  • Interview with the M.Ed. Program Director (if necessary)
  • Submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores, including the TWE (Test of Written English) essay rating. A score of 550 on the written test, score of 213 on the computer-based test or a score of 79 on the iBT TOEFL test or a four on the TWE essay rating are required for admission. The British International English Test (IELTS), will also be acceptable, a minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Forms for some of these requirements are available at http://grad.css.edu.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required, but may be requested if the applicants file is insufficient to make a decision to accept.

International applicants may need to complete additional admission requirements. Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Transfer Credits

Students may apply transfer graduate credits they have earned from an accredited college or university toward completion of their St. Scholastica degree. A maximum of six transfer credits may be applied. The transfer credit must have been completed no more than seven years prior to the date the St. Scholastica degree is completed. Forms to request transfer of credits can be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office, and need to be sent to the Program Director after completion. The College of St. Scholastica will consider transfer credits from students who:

  • Submit a Credit Transfer Application form;
  • Request official transcripts sent directly from the accredited institution to the program Director;
  • Submit the course syllabus, catalog or other pertinent descriptive information;
  • Demonstrate that course content is applicable to the program enrolled;
  • Earn a course grade of 3.0 or better; and
  • Complete the course seven years prior to graduating from the St. Scholastica program

Graduation Requirements

A total of 33 semester credits is required for graduation. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of 2.0 or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits may be transferred from another college or university if approved by the student's advisor and/or the program director.

Required Courses:

EDU 6510 - Current Issues and Future Trends in Education   3 cr.
EDU 6520 - 21st Century Technologies for Teaching   3 cr.
EDU 6525 - Introduction to Educational Research   3 cr.
EDU 6530 - Promoting Critical Thanking in the Classroom   3 cr.
EDU 6540 - Assessment and Data Driven Decision Making   3 cr.
EDU 6550 - Culturally Responsive Instruction   3 cr.
EDU 6560 - Research Based Inquiry Capstone   3 cr.

Elective Strands (each consists of four course equaling 12 credits):

Educational Technology Certificate courses  
Certificate in Computer Science courses
Certificate in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy courses
Certificate in Literacy Instruction courses
Certificate in Online Instruction courses

Students may choose a certificate strand from the above list, or build their own Professional strand from most of the courses offered in the certificate programs listed above (this excludes capstone courses).