Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Graduate Study

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Each candidate for the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree selects one of the major fields in one of the academic units listed below:
College of Education
        education (M.A.)
        mathematics education (M.S.)
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
        applied behavior analysis (M.A.)
        applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorder (M.A.)
        clinical mental health counseling (M.A.)
        educational technology (M.A.)
        learning experience design (M.A.)
        rehabilitation counseling (M.A.)
        school psychology (M.A.)
        special education (M.A.)
Department of Educational Administration
        higher, adult, and lifelong education (M.A.)
        K–12 educational administration (M.A.) 
        student affairs administration (M.A.)
Department of Kinesiology
        athletic training (M.S.)
        kinesiology (M.S.)
        sport coaching, leadership, and administration (M.S.)
Department of Teacher Education
        integrated secondary science education (M.S.)
        teaching and curriculum (M.A.)

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Students wishing to become candidates for the master's degree must possess a bachelor's degree from a recognized educational institution. A grade–point average of at least 3.00 during the final two years of undergraduate study is required for regular admission. Admission on a provisional basis is sometimes available; however, a provisional admission requires a grade–point average of at least 2.50 during the final two years of undergraduate study.

Teacher certification is also required for admission in some areas. A student wishing to obtain teacher certification may be admitted to a special program in order to obtain a teaching certificate. For additional information, refer to the statement on TEACHER CERTIFICATION in the Department of Teacher Education section.

Requirements for the Degree

A tentative program of study for the degree should be prepared prior to the completion of 10 semester credits. No student will be accepted as a candidate for the master's degree unless such a program has been approved by the advisor. Program changes require the approval of the advisor.

For most of the programs offered by the College of Education, the master's degree may be earned on either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). For Plan A, not more than 8 credits of master's thesis research may count toward the degree.

Students in any master's program in the College of Education may apply a maximum of 12 credits earned through any combination of courses taken through lifelong education, graduate certification, or in transfer from another institution. Each program may determine if courses are appropriate for the master's program and may allow fewer than 12 credits to be applied to the specific master's program.

Academic Standards

If, upon completion of 18 or more graduate credits, the student has not attained a grade–point average of 3.00 or higher, they become ineligible to continue work toward the master's degree in the college.