Master of Science in Education


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We empower teachers like you to advance their own learning with education that’s flexible, affordable and transfer-friendly. Our 100% online program can be completed in as few as 19 months so that you can amplify your impact in the classroom and increase your earning potential right away.

During your time in the program, you’ll connect with expert faculty who are dedicated to providing you with a continually refreshed and robust curriculum. Our small online class sizes create a true personalized experience where you can always find the support you need to feel confident in your student journey.

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Degree format options:


Complete this 36-credit-hour accelerated online layout in as little as 19 months as part of a collaborative and supportive community of learners who are working toward the same goal. The accelerated format combines eight-week and four-week courses that are sequenced with a full-time teacher's schedule in mind.


This flexible 36-credit-hour online layout can be completed at a more flexible 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.

Program Requirements:

STEP ONE - Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
STEP TWO - Request your official college transcripts (not required if you completed your bachelor's degree from Chadron State or Wayne State)
STEP THREE - Provide:
We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we'll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.

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
EDUC 612* Technology and Mediated Instruction (3)
EDUC 621  Curriculum Development
EDUC 623 Assessment of Instruction (3)

*To be completed within first summer semester.

We encourage students to use their graduate program of study to choose their courses to support their personal interest and professional growth. Beyond the required hours in education, they will select from a rotation of 500 level courses.

*Accelerated format students, electives are embedded within the course rotation.


Graduate credit earned from another accredited graduate institution may be applied toward the Master of Science degree provided:
(1) the hours are of a grade of "B" or above;
(2) the credits would have counted toward a graduate degree program at the institution where earned;
(3) courses must have been completed within the last seven years from the date of the first class with Peru State; and
(4) the credits have been approved by the appropriate Academic Dean.

Master of Science in Education Program
Credit that have been applied toward an earned degree from any college will not be accepted for a graduate degree at Peru State, except for courses that are a part of the Peru State Professional Education CORE, or their equivalent from other regionally accredited institutions. A maximum of nine (9) graduate credits, subject to evaluation by the Academic Dean, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree.

Credits taken at Peru State College prior to admission to the graduate program must fall within the seven-year time frame allowed for program completion; however, exceptions may be allowed according to the Nebraska State College System Board policy. Transfer credits are applied toward elective credits only within the program. A maximum of nine (9) transfer credit hours may be applied toward the degree requirements.

Students must request permission from their Academic Dean for approval of transfer credits to be applied to a program of study by submitting the Transfer Request Form located on the Graduate Programs website, Current Students page and by requesting that an official transcript from the institution where credit was received be sent to the Graduate Programs Office.

The Academic Dean retains the right to request a student to provide course descriptions/syllabi for the courses being considered for transfer. We recommend all transfer credit requests be submitted during the initial admission phase and prior to the beginning of the program of study.

All requirements for the Master of Science degree must be completed within a period of seven (7) years from the date the student registers for the first graduate course applicable toward their degree.

"Hands down, the relationship students have with their instructors is one of the best things about Peru State College Online. The instructors are dedicated; they’re passionate; they really like to build relationships with their students and see them succeed. For students to know they can go to someone and get help, make a connection, hear about success — I think that’s huge."
- Dr. Gina Bittner, Professor of Education