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Education Graduate Major (EDD, EDM, MS, PhD, MAIS) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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College of Education


Advanced Science and Mathematics Education
Agricultural Education
Free-Choice Learning
Language Equity and Educational Policy
Mathematics Education
PK-12 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Science Education
Science/Mathematics Education
Social Justice Education

The College of Education offers graduate work leading to the Master of Education (EdM), Master of Science in Education (MS), Doctor of Education (EdD; not available at this time), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with a major in education.

Master of Education (EdM) Degree (Ecampus)

The Master of Education (EdM) degree advances the knowledge and teaching of PK–12 teachers and other educators who are interested in continued professional development in the field of education in order to create inclusive, supportive learning environments that contribute to student learning and growth. Candidates take courses in educational research, technology, cultural competency, and leadership. They also further their pedagogical content knowledge and instruction in a specific area/option. 

The Master of Education degree requires completion of one graduate option for a total of 45 quarter credits. All options require completion of 18 credits of core courses, 12–15 credits of content specialty courses, and 12–15 credits of elective courses from the other EdM options or OSU Colleges. Up to 15 graduate credits may be transferred if they meet OSU Graduate School requirements. 

Note: Completion of this degree does not lead to initial (preliminary) teaching licensure; it is an advanced degree for continued professional development in targeted areas.

There are four EdM options, all online and approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and nationally accredited by NCATE.

  1. Advanced Science and Mathematics Education
  2. Free-Choice Learning
  3. PK–12 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  4. Social Justice in Education

Applicants to the EdM program must possess teaching experience in a K–12 classroom or in an education-related setting. Because this major is practitioner-based, it requires access to a classroom or informal learning environment to apply educational research, theory, and pedagogical practices, and for completion of a final project.

All courses are offered online through Ecampus to meet the needs of working professionals.

EdM Core Courses (18 credits)

ED 506. Projects (3)
ED 522. Racial and Cultural Harmony in the K–12 Classroom (3)
ED 542. Teacher Leadership (3)
   or LEAD 542. Leadership Skills for Career Success (3)
ED 561. Action Research (3)
ED 562. Introduction to Educational Research (3)
ED 596. Technology for Educators (3)
   or SED 520. Technology for Math and Science Education (3)

Content Specialty Courses (12–15 credits)

Electives (12–15 credits)

Total Credits = 45

Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science (MS) in Education prepares candidates to be secondary science and mathematics teachers who are skilled professionals drawing upon current educational research to create innovative and inclusive science and math learning environments. Candidates work within a cohort of peers in science and mathematics education and are taught by faculty who specialize in and conduct educational research in science, mathematics, and equity.

The program is comprised of a coherent set of courses that emphasize research-based instruction, educational equity, innovation, and community-partnerships. Candidates work with community partners in public school settings during every term. As part of the program, candidates complete a master's project that integrates research, theory, and practice.

The program consists of 55 graduate-level credits including 18 credits of core courses, 20 credits of practicum and internships, and 17 credits in a content specialty: Science Education or Mathematics Education. Both options are offered on-campus at OSU in Corvallis.

Upon completion of the program, candidates will have:

Admission Requirements

*These courses may be waived if the candidate has completed similar courses at OSU or other institutions.

MS Core Courses (18 credits)

ED 520. Classroom Management (3)
ED 572. Foundations of ESOL Education (3)
ED 599. Special Topics: Funds of Knowledge (3)
SED 506. Projects: Science-Math Ed Research (3)
SED 511. Analysis of Classrooms I (3)
SED 550. High-Quality Science and Mathematics Instruction (3)

Internship and Practicum (20 credits)

SED 509. Practicum (5)
SED 510. Internship (15)

Content Specialty (17 credits)

Total Credits = 55

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education provides advanced theory and methods in educational research and in specific content areas. This is a research-oriented degree intended for doctoral candidates interested in becoming educational researchers and assume professional positions in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. This degree aims to prepare professional researchers, scholars, or other scholar practitioners. Candidates develop competencies in educational scholarship and research that focus on acquiring new knowledge.

The Education PhD degree requires at least 108 credits, including a core curriculum (48 credits) in quantitative and qualitative research, practicum, and dissertation/thesis, and 13–18 credits in a specialty area. Additional research methods and elective courses are approved by the major professor.

Candidates select from three PhD options. All options are offered on-campus at OSU in Corvallis:

  1. Agricultural Education
  2. Language Equity and Educational Policy
  3. Science/Mathematics Education

This program is designed for candidates already possessing education beyond the undergraduate level (master's degree or equivalent). Applicants to the PhD program must have significant experience in an education-related setting such as teaching, leadership administration, curriculum specialist, supervisor, or in a setting where the primary function is education. Some knowledge of educational research methodology is highly desirable.

PhD Core Courses (48 credits)

SED 580. Research and Evaluation (3)
SED 603. Dissertation (36)
   or AED 603. Dissertation (36)
   or ED 603. Thesis (36)
SED 612. Quantitative Research Design and Critical Analysis (3)
SED 615. Practicum in Mathematics/Science in College Teaching (3)
   or ED 609. Practicum/Clinical Experience (3)
SED 622. Qualitative Research Techniques (3)

Content Specialty Courses (13–18 credits)


Total Credits = 108

Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed - Signifies that the Major/Option can be completed thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

Major Code: 2310

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