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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
AND INSTRUCTION


As experts in distance learning, Peru State College Online is proud to make it easier for teachers to advance their own education, safely and flexibly online. We have a shared purpose as educators, and it is our pleasure to help you take your career to the greatest heights. Our Master of Science in Education (MSED) can do just that. 
Our online graduate degree is perfect for teachers wanting to gain new skills for the classroom, advance to leadership roles, or simply make a better salary. Offering unique options with our MSED, we’re all about delivering quality education that works best for you and your goals. And with programmatic accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), our MSED is validated as an educator’s top choice.

TWO DISTINCT FORMATS
ACCELERATED 
This accelerated 36-credit-hour online master’s in education can be completed in as few as 19 months. As part of a cohort of other distance learners, your plan will consist of carefully sequenced eight-week and four-week online courses, designed with a full-time educator’s schedule in mind. Registration is completed by our Graduate Programs Office.
STANDARD 
At a more flexible pace that you control, you can complete the required 36 credit hours in a traditional manner, during any session offered. You simply take the core Curriculum and Instruction courses, as well as program electives you choose. Registration is completed by the student.

TWO SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS
CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDIES 
A choice of four 9-hour courses enables you to further specialize, and can be used toward the completion of your MSED.  These classes may also be used to fulfill the 500-level elective courses required for your graduate program. (The courses are also available to non-degree seeking students.) Topics include:
  • Classroom Behavior and Management
  • Instructional Mastery
  • Inclusionary Practices and Policies
  • Instructional Technology

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 Nebraska-approved ESL Supplemental Endorsement can be earned online in as few as 12 months, preparing you to be certified in the State of Nebraska to teach ESL in the grade levels for which you are endorsed. This ESL Endorsement is limited to those holding a subject or field endorsement.

Ready to secure the career you’ve been dreaming of? Our online master’s in education is designed especially for you.  
Per Credit Hour
$359

Per Credit Hour

Faculty to Student Ratio
22:1

Average Class Ratio

Job Placement
36

Credit Hours

empowering education, expert faculty

At Peru State College Online, all online master’s in education courses are taught by expert faculty, whose priority is to stay on top of current trends and emerging best practices for educators at all levels. Through continually refreshed, robust curriculum, you are ensured exciting new knowledge to enhance your career. 
Your instructors are experienced in online teaching and strive for a smooth, interactive experience for you and your classmates. By keeping the online classroom smaller than you would typically find with a physical campus, the faculty is able to respond quicker, and focus on meaningful interaction with students one-on-one and as a group. 
Our online testing practices are also quality-designed to help you perform at your best, with proctored exams giving way to a more personalized, less stressful experience. 
Getting excited about your degree path with us? MSED courses are listed below and form the basis of a quality online master’s in education degree, designed to empower educators, like you. 
CORE COURSES (REQUIRED) 

EDUC 612 (512) Technology and Mediated Instruction (3 hours)
Co-requisite: EDUC 601

EDUC 600 Sociology of Education (3 hours)
Prerequisite: EDUC 612, EDUC 601 & completed 12-15 credit hours

EDUC 601 Study Design and Data Collection (3 hours)
Co-requisite: EDUC 612

EDUC 602 Statistical Methods and Data Analysis (3 hours)
Prerequisite: EDUC 612, EDUC 601

EDUC 605 Cognition and Learning (3 hours)

EDUC 621 Curriculum Development (3 hours)
Prerequisite: EDUC 612

EDUC 623 Assessment of Instruction (3 hours)
Prerequisite: EDUC 600 & completed in last spring term in the program.

ELECTIVE COURSES

All 500 level courses, including SPED

EDUC 505 Diversity in Education (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 509 Re-certification Student Teaching (3 hours)

EDUC 510 Current Issues in Education (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 514 ESL Practicum (1 hour)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 515 Technology Leadership (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 516 Teaching Grammar to Non-native Speakers (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 517 Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)

EDUC 518 Assessment & Evaluation of English Language Learners (2 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 520 Moving from Discipline to Self-Discipline: A Developmental Approach (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 523 Methods & Curriculum Design in the English as a Second Language Classroom (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 530 Contemporary Instruction: Theory to Practice (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 533 Classroom Management & Leadership (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 538 Professional Collaboration with Parents & Families (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 540 The Master Teacher (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 542 Supervision of Student Teachers (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status, Teacher Certification and employment in a school system.

EDUC 552 Introduction to Multimedia Authoring (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 553 Using the Internet (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 556 Desktop Publishing for Teachers (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

EDUC 569 Teachers as Collaborative Leaders (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practices for Special Education (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

SPED 540 Behavior Management (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

SPED 574 Special Education Laws and Practices (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student Status

INTERNSHIP/ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

EDUC 695 Graduate Internship (3 hours)
Prerequisite:  EDUC 600 and Permission of the Dean of Graduate Programs

EDUC 696 Thesis/Action Research Project I (3 hours)
Prerequisite:  EDUC 600 and Permission of the Dean of Graduate Programs

EDUC 697 Thesis/Action Research Project II (3 hours)
Prerequisite:  EDUC 600 and Permission of the Dean of Graduate Programs

HUMAN RELATIONS REQUIREMENT

INS 500 Diversity in Education (1 hour)

exciting careers within your reach

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, on average, teachers with a master’s degree earn $11,490 more every year than teachers with a bachelor’s degree. Impressive, right? 

In addition to salary, there can be all kinds of reasons for pursuing your online master’s in education. New skills for the classroom or the desire to move into administration – the common theme is to advance in one way or another. 

With your teaching license already under your belt, Peru State College’s online MSED gives you the latitude to take your career where you want it to go – even beyond the classroom. Schools, corporations and child care centers are a few settings ripe with opportunity for graduate degree holders. Careers like the following are a few of the possibilities …

  • Principal -- averaging $81,988 annually
  • Assistant Principal -- averaging $70,314 annually
  • Curriculum Developer -- averaging $59,776 annually
  • Media Specialist -- averaging $46,849 annually
  • Instructional Coordinator -- averaging $66,290 annually
  • Educational Consultant -- averaging $63,000 annually
  • School Counselor -- averaging $49.307 annually
  • Corporate Trainer -- median salary of $113,35
  • Child Care Director -- median salary of $48,210

Be more marketable in your field. Reach for the career as an educator that inspires you even more. With an MSED from Peru State College Online, you’ll be prepared for the next exciting chapter that is just right for you.

Job titles and salaries reported by PayScale and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


top-value education

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our master’s students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State’s approach of hiqh quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value. 

What’s our secret? No surprises here. At a lean $359.00 per credit hour, our low, “one rate, any state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about. Plus, it’s free to apply.  Of course, we will be happy to discuss other ways to lower your costs, such as financial aid, tuition assistance programs and transfer credit, if applicable to you.

Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State, a transformative education is waiting for you. 

CONVENIENT ONLINE LEARNING

At Peru State, you’ll be surprised at just how flexible learning can be. Year-round, our 36-credit-hour Master of Science in Education can be safely accomplished wherever and whenever is best for you.  

  • A choice of a 19-month accelerated program or more relaxed standard option.
  • Four- and eight-week courses
  • Multiple starts throughout the year
  • No set daily login times
  • Built-in breaks for a working teacher's schedule
  • Personalized student support from start to finish
  • And a simple application process -- with no app fee!
 
 

ACCREDITED AND RESPECTED

Virtual Learning Environment Memberships

Full membership is maintained in the:
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 
- American Council on Education 

The college also is a charter member of the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education.


CANVAS Platform Accreditation
Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915 (800-621-7440).

Peru State College is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, for a period of 7 years, from 2015 - 2022.

Peru State College will seek accreditation under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards in Fall of 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers the NCATE accreditation.

moving forward together...

Applying is easy, and free. Whether you’d like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, here’s what you’ll need to ensure a smooth application process:

- Application for Admission  - Official Transcripts - not required for Peru/Chadron/Wayne State College graduates
- 2 recommendation forms - preferably from a supervisor/principal and coworker
- Copy of Teaching Certificate
- Resume


It takes about 24 hours for your application to be processed, and we’ll work with you to enroll from there. 

"Peru has helped me find my passion and achieve my dreams"
---  K. Brundage, Graduate  


peru is for  you.

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