The Master of Science in Education – Curriculum 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:

COHORT format

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.
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.

Degree Focus Options:

Certificate of Advanced Studies

A cluster of courses that concentrate on specific knowledge and/or skills aligned to an area of specialization or industry certification. These courses are available to non-degree seeking students; however, they may also be used toward the completion of a graduate degree.  A grade of ‘C’ or better is required to fulfill the requirements.  A certificate of advanced studies shall include a minimum of 9 credits.

Four 9-hour Certificate of Advanced Studies courses of study are available through Graduate Programs.
Topics include:

  • Classroom Behavior & Management
  • Instructional Mastery
  • Inclusionary Practices & Policies
  • Instructional Technology

Degree-seeking students may elect to use the Certificate of Advanced Studies courses to fulfill the 500-level elective courses required for the degree.

Please note: Certificates of Advanced Studies are available to graduate-level students only.Certificates of Advanced Studies are not endorsements and do not allow an individual to teach in that specialty. Also, completing these courses only will not grant you a Master of Science degree.

Supplemental Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental Endorsement will prepare an individual to be certified in the State of Nebraska to teach English as a Second Language in the grade levels for which they are endorsed. This ESL Endorsement is limited to an individual who holds a subject or field endorsement.

What makes the program unique?

  • Coursework and instruction is complete, primarily online.
  • All Teacher Education programs at Peru State College are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The ESL supplemental endorsement is limited to individuals who hold a subject/field endorsement.
  • Practicum and student teaching experiences ensure learning opportunities that cannot be matched in the college classroom.
  • School/Student partnerships create authentic experiences engaging with students above and beyond the college classroom.

Teaching Certificate Renewal

For assistance with applying to be admitted to Peru State and being registered for Certification Renewal, please contact our School of Education, 402-872-2244.

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

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