The cohort program begins each summer session, so plan to begin June 2015. Here is our Cohort 2015 Program of Study.

Registration will be completed each semester by our Graduate Programs Office.

The Online Cohort Program for the Master of Science in Education degree begins each summer in June.  Students complete the 36-credit graduate program in 19 months as a member of a cadre of teachers who progress through the program as a cohort.

The cohort format combines 8-week and 4-week courses that are sequenced with a full-time teacher’s schedule in mind.  Complete the program as part of a collaborative and supportive community of learners who are all working toward the same goal!

Coursework/Sequence

CoursePrefix Course No. Course Title Sequence Credit Hours
EDUC 512 Technology and Mediated Instruction Summer

3

EDUC 601 Study Design and Data Collection Summer

3

EDUC 605 Cognition and Learning Fall 3
EDUC 553 Using the Internet Fall 3
EDUC 540 The Master Teacher Fall 3
EDUC 600 Sociology of Education Spring 3
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practices Spring 3
EDUC 552 Introduction to Multimedia Authoring* Spring 3
EDUC 621 Curriculum Development Summer 3
EDUC 602 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis Summer 3
EDUC 569 Teachers as Collaborative Learners* Fall 3
EDUC 623 Assessment of Instruction Fall 3

This program spans five (5) academic terms/semesters.  Each summer course is eight (8) weeks in length; each fall and spring course is four (4) weeks in length, beginning on a Saturday and ending on a Friday.  Exception:  Educ 623 – Assessment of Instruction is the capstone course and will be eight (8) weeks in length.

All courses are completed within the online delivery format and, for the most part, run back-to-back.  There will be brief breaks in the program in August, December, and April/May when workload issues for teachers are at their greatest.

*A maximum of 6 credit hours of transfer graduate coursework from an accredited institution, or PSC graduate courses that have already been completed, can be used to replace Educ 552 and/or Educ 569.  All other courses within the cohort sequence must be taken to complete the program.  To replace one or both courses, a transfer course request must be submitted prior to beginning the cohort program.  PSC graduate in-service courses, identified with the INS course code, are exempt.

Course Descriptions

 

Complete the 36-credit Master of Science in Education program at a more leisurely pace by completing the core Curriculum and Instruction courses and selecting program electives that meet your needs and interests.  All online courses are 8 weeks in length and are offered across the 12-month calendar.

In addition to completing the required core courses, students may select five courses out of any 500-level graduate courses being offered; students may also select specific courses toward a Certificate of Achievement in one of four areas:  Classroom Behavior and Management, Instructional Mastery, Inclusionary Practices and Policies, or Instructional Technology. Certificates of Achievement are not endorsements and do not allow an individual to teach in that specialty.

Core Courses in Curriculum and Instruction

CoursePrefix CourseNumber CourseTitle CreditHours
EDUC 512 Technology and Mediated Instruction

3

EDUC 600 Sociology of Education 3
EDUC 601 Study Design and Data Collection

3

EDUC 602 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis 3
EDUC 605 Cognition and Learning 3
EDUC 621 Curriculum Development 3
EDUC 623 Assessment of Instruction 3
Total Credit Hours 21

Optional Certificates of Achievement

(or select any three elective courses from those listed below)

Classroom Behavior and Management

CoursePrefix CourseNumber CourseTitle CreditHours
EDUC 533 Classroom Management and Leadership 3
EDUC 570 Attachment and the Defiant School Child 3
SPED 540 Behavior Management 3
Total Credit Hours 9

Instructional Mastery

CoursePrefix CourseNumber CourseTitle CreditHours
EDUC 530 Contemporary Instruction 3
EDUC 540 The Master Teacher 3
EDUC 569 Teachers as Collaborative Leaders 3
Total Credit Hours 9

Inclusionary Practices and Policies

CoursePrefix CourseNumber CourseTitle CreditHours
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practices for Special Education 3
SPED 540 Behavior Management 3
SPED 574 Special Education Laws and Practices 3
Total Credit Hours 9

Instructional Technology

CoursePrefix CourseNumber CourseTitle CreditHours
EDUC 552 Introduction to Multimedia Authoring 3
EDUC 553 Using the Internet 3
EDUC 556 Desktop Publishing for Teachers 3
Total Credit Hours 9

AND

Application of Theory/Advanced Electives – 6 credit hours

Students with minimal professional experience may complete an additional six hours of thesis, internship and/or practical project credit. Students with significant experience may elect to complete two additional courses in advanced topic areas.

Course Descriptions Course Rotation Schedule
I’m Ready to Start – Now What?