The Master of Science in EducationCurriculum and Instruction is targeted to individuals who wish to further their knowledge and skills in the field of education. Students can complete the Master of Science in Education in our Cohort or Regular format. Both programs are offered entirely online.

Degree Options:


Complete this 36-credit-hour accelerated online program in as little as 19 months as part of a collaborative and supportive community of learners who are working toward the same goal. The cohort format combines eight-week and four-week courses that are sequenced with a full-time teacher’s schedule in mind. New cohorts form each summer session. Registration is completed by our Graduate Programs Office.

Regular format

This flexible 36-credit-hour online program can be completed at a more leisurely pace by taking the core Curriculum and Instruction courses and selecting program electives that meet your needs and interests. Regular online students can begin taking courses any session offered. Registration is completed by the student.

Certificate Options:

Certificates of Achievement

Certificates of Achievement are available for individuals who desire to gain additional knowledge to enable them for advancement in their careers or to just have more knowledge to assist them in their careers.

Four 9-credit hour Certificates of Achievement educational courses of study are available through Graduate Programs. Topics include Classroom Behavior Management (CBM), Instructional Mastery (IM), Inclusionary Practices and Policies (IPP), and Instructional Technology (IT)

Most Certificates of Achievement can be earned in nine months taking online courses. Certificates may be earned separately or while working toward a Master degree, allowing students to eventually acquire more resume items of interest to future employers. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required to fulfill the requirements.

Please note: Graduate Certificates of Achievement are available to graduate-level students only. Certificates of Achievement are not endorsements and do not allow an individual to teach in that specialty. Also, completing these course alone will not grant you a Masters of Science degree.

Certificate Renewal

For assistance with applying to be admitted to Peru State and being registered for Certification Renewal, please contact Ms. Janny Crotty, Peru State Certification Office, at or 402-872-2258.

Re-certification Credit Approval Application and Instructions
Re-certification Student Teaching Application and Information
Re-certification Student Teaching Handbook

For Certification forms and more detailed information:

Nebraska Department of Education
Teacher Certification
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-0739