MS in Education (for Practicing Teachers Grades K to 12)

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Education program is designed to give working teachers practical experience that meets national standards for a master's in education. You can learn more about the Master of Science in Education here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Education program is an online program designed to give experiential competency in consistent teaching methods. Students have the opportunity to learn effective techniques to promote student achievement and school performance while studying curriculum development, classroom management, educational leadership, and more. Program goals include working with diverse learning communities; academic assessment, content and pedagogy; and professional relationships and responsibilities. Students choose from six areas of emphasis: teaching literacy and language; teaching with technology; teaching students with special needs; teaching mathematics; teaching science; and educational leadership.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to Kaplan University's Master of Science in Education program, you should have a bachelor's degree in a related field and an active interest in education. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Education consists of 46 credits or 54 credits depending on the chosen emphasis area. Requirements are divided between 34-37 core credits and 12-17 elective credits. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Representative.

Master of Science in Education Requirements

  • Transforming Teaching Practice
  • Action Research I
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Design
  • Educational Leadership
  • Student Assessment
  • Action Research II (excluding Educational Leadership emphasis)

Emphasis Area Requirements

Option I: Teaching Literacy and Language

  • Reading Diagnosis and Remediation
  • Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Approaches to Literacy

Option II: Teaching With Technology

  • Using Technology - Fundamentals of Integration
  • Using Technology - Practical Applications
  • Using Technology - Applications in the Content Areas

Option III: Teaching Students With Special Needs

  • Teaching Exceptional Students in Inclusive Settings
  • Teaching Students With Learning Disabilities
  • Teaching Students With Behavior Disorders

Option IV: Teaching Mathematics - Middle and Secondary

  • Principles, Pedagogy, and Standards for Mathematics
  • Numbers and Operations
  • Developing Mathematical Proficiency - Algebra

Option V: Teaching Science - Middle and Secondary

  • Planning and Teaching an Inquiry-Based Science Class (Grades 6-12)
  • Science as Inquiry (Grades 6-12)
  • Historical and Social Perspectives on Science and Technology (Grades 6-12)

Option VI: Educational Leadership

  • Educational Psychology
  • Perspectives on Diversity
  • The Principalship
  • Management of Resources
  • Legal Issues in Education
  • Supervision and Instructional Leadership

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Master of Science in Education program, you could pursue employment opportunities with various schools or education organizations. You could pursue these types of positions:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Performance assessor and developer

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Education program could help prepare you to pursue employment, or you may choose to further your education at the doctoral degree level.