Master of Science in Education Regular Format

Complete the 36-credit-hour Master of Science in Education (MSED) program at a more flexible 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. Still need to apply? Start here.

Program Requirements:

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, prerequisite for remaining 600-level core courses.

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

Certificates of Advanced Studies:
A cluster of courses that concentrate on specific knowledge and/or skills aligned to an area of specialization or industry certification. A certificate of advanced studies shall include a minimum of 9 credits.

Topics include:

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

Certificates of Advanced Studies are not endorsements and do not allow an individual to teach in that specialty.

Supplemental ESL endorsement:
This 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.

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.

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

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.