Specializations

The M.S. in Education offers candidates the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in a diverse range of specialties representing dynamic areas in the field of education. Candidates supplement core courses with specialized coursework in their chosen area of interest. For most specializations below, candidates may use previously taken credential courses from our credential program to meet some of the degree requirements.

Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Institutions

The Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Institutions specialization targets what people can and should be doing as spiritual, educational and institutional leaders. It looks through the eyes and heart of Jesus and focuses on truly Christ-centered school practices. Students in the program invest their time and effort in fellowship with like-minded and spirited students, professors and curricula to prepare for a future in Christian education.

Educational Leadership for Public Institutions

Students completing this degree will meet requirements for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Students who already have a master’s degree may pursue the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential without additional degree requirements. This program requires an additional application and acceptance by the Education Committee.

Instructional Design and Technology

Candidates pursuing this specialization gain an advanced understanding of the increasingly important role of educational technology in the classroom as well as the administration of schools. Graduates come away prepared to establish, build, implement and direct educational technology programs at educational institutions.

International Education

The specialization in international education prepares students for the rewards, opportunities and experiences of teaching in a wide range of educational settings overseas. Building on the core curriculum of the Master of Science in Education, this specialization includes courses that explore intercultural and comparative education, the role and history of education overseas, as well as current topics in international education. 

Special Education in Mild/Moderate Disabilities

This program is designed for candidates seeking the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Admission requirements for the credential program are additional to those for the degree. Individuals may also pursue the master’s degree in special education without completing all of the credential requirements.

Special Education in Moderate/Severe Disabilities

This program is designed for candidates seeking the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Moderate/Severe Disabilities. Admission requirements for the credential program are additional to those for the degree. Individuals may also pursue the master’s degree in special education without completing all of the credential requirements.

Teaching 

This program is designed for candidates seeking a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential.  Admission requirements for the credential program are additional to those for the degree. Individuals may also pursue the master’s degree in teaching without completing all of the credential requirements.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed for those who are interested in working with a multilingual, multicultural or international population at home or abroad. Graduates will receive a certificate in TESOL. View the curriculum