Graduate programs in the Michigan State University College of Education foster the insights and skills needed to deal with the most pressing challenges facing the education profession. They also are among the most highly regarded by professors and educational leaders throughout the nation. Outstanding faculty members construct rigorous coursework and field experiences for graduate students and engage in millions of dollars of funded research. The college is committed to addressing real problems in practice and contributing to policy development and analysis.
Master’s programs generally prepare graduates for advancements or new roles within their respective fields as practitioners. For educators, the M.A. generally provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain leadership positions in schools or to add endorsements to certificates. Many programs, including the M.S. in Kinesiology, also help students develop methods of inquiry and can lead to careers in research.
Graduate Specialization in K-12 English as a Second Language
The graduate specialization in K-12 English as a Second Language prepares educators to teach English as a Second Language at the elementary and/or secondary level. Practicing teachers learn to understand: present-day English with regards to grammar, phonology, lexicon and dialect; differences between first and second language acquisition, factors contributing to successful second language acquisition, and a variety of pedagogical and assessment techniques.
Graduate Specialization in Literacy and Language Instruction
The graduate specialization in Literacy and Language Instruction is designed for students who aspire to develop strong expertise in literacy and language instruction. The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in a master's degree program and can prepare teachers for the reading or reading specialist endorsement.
Students in the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis develop knowledge and applied competence in the delivery of behavior analysis to improve life for individuals in various service settings. The hybrid program (combining online and on-campus instruction) serves students pursuing careers that require the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential. Supervised fieldwork is included.
This completely online program is designed for experienced health practitioners who are seeking advanced professional knowledge needed for roles as academic leaders and faculty in their fields. The program combines two essential bodies of knowledge: teaching, learning and assessment, delivered by the College of Education; and health policy and administration, delivered by the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The HALE master’s program, which is available completely online or as a hybrid program (online/on campus), is a professional development degree for individuals who currently work or aspire to positions in postsecondary and adult education contexts, including higher education, continuing professional development and community or organizational development. Within these settings, the program emphasizes understanding central issues related to organization and leadership; teaching and learning; career and professional development and policy and comparative analysis.
The master’s program in K-12 Educational Administration prepares aspiring educators for leadership positions in public, charter and private school settings. The program is committed to developing school-level leadership for powerful and equitable teaching and learning, and to ensuring students meet state standards for leadership preparation.
The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology helps students acquire knowledge grounded in theory, develop competence in methods of inquiry and gain expertise in one or more areas of specialization: athletic training, biomechanics, coaching, exercise physiology, growth and motor development, psychosocial aspects of physical activity and sport, sport administration and student-athlete development.
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The online M.A. in education is for classroom teachers, school administrators, coaches or adult educators who want to enhance their professional practice while building on their prior professional experience and engaging in a dynamic online community. The program has six concentration areas: literacy education, P-16 school leadership, science and mathematics education, special education, technology and learning and sport leadership and coaching.
The master's program—which is offered in an accelerated summer cohort, exciting overseas study and fully online—prepares teachers, administrators and other educational professionals for the thoughtful use of technologies to support teaching and learning in a range of educational environments. The program draws on current theories of learning and development to understand the role of technology in learning and instruction.
The Master’s Program in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC), which is completely online, is designed for beginning and experienced teachers who are deeply committed to public education and teaching diverse P-12 students. The program helps students engage in critical inquiry, develop as accomplished teachers and become teacher leaders. Participation requires a dual commitment to teachers’ and students’ learning.
The Master of Science in Sport Coaching and Leadership is a hybrid program designed for students who wish to expand their skills and expertise in coaching, developing and leading athletes. The two-year, 30-credit program features expert instructors and more than 90 percent of the coursework online.
The master’s program helps counselors gain the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities. Students develop expertise in counseling, the social and psychological aspects of disability, case management, independent living, disability management, transition from school to work, vocational assessment, career development and more.
The master’s degree program in special education—which can lead to recommendation for teaching endorsements in Learning Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders—is designed for K-12 teachers who plan to be involved in the education of students with disabilities. The program prepares leaders that advance the quality of educational programs and services available to students with disabilities in the K-12 setting.
The master’s degree program in student affairs administration provides a broad perspective on higher education systems, an understanding of central issues in student affairs administration and a connection of theory to practice. Graduates are prepared to work in and cultivate educational environments that promote diversity and multiculturalism.