A new stand-alone graduate program at Missouri Southern will help teachers progress as educational practitioners and decision makers.

Missouri Southern State University will now offer a Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction Degree (M.S.Ed.). The program is set to begin in fall 2014.

The Master of Science program is based on a conceptual framework that defines the role of the teacher as a reflective decision maker. In this role, teachers must make decisions about pedagogical approaches and lesson design. The program’s conceptual framework develops teachers who can think critically, formulate decisions related to the multiple roles of teaching for successful achievement and develops reflective educators for a global society.

The program standards are based on current theories of teaching and learning and indicate that effective educators are caring, reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. These educators continuously acquire new knowledge and skills and are constantly seeking to improve their practice of providing quality learning experiences for all students.

“Teachers are reflective practitioners who must continually assess the effects of their choices and actions on others,” says Dr. Al Cade, Interim Dean of the School of Education at Missouri Southern. “We feel this new graduate program will help teachers as they seek out opportunities to grow professionally and improve learning for their students.”

In order to qualify, applicants must meet minimum grade point requirements, meet scoring requirements on the Graduate Record Examination, complete a supervised writing assessment conducted by the Department of Teacher Education, hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Education (BSE) degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri Southern State University, and present required transcripts and letters of reference.

The program, which will follow a 6-credit hour per semester cohort structure, will require 36 credit hours for degree completion.

For information about this new program email tegradprgm@mssu.edu or call (417) 625-9314.