May 12, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Education, M.S.Ed.

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Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Master of Science in Education program is to facilitate the comprehensive development of educators as servant leaders in their communities.

This goal is realized by providing opportunities for candidates to become effective in the following roles: (a) a caring person, (b) an informed facilitator of learning, (c) a reflective decision-maker, and (d) a committed professional. These then lay the foundation for professional excellence and constitute the core objectives of the Master of Science in Education program.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the University and School of Education and Psychology admission requirements for graduate study, an applicant to the Master of Science in Education program will comply with the following requirements in order to be admitted in regular standing:

  1. Certification: Current NAD Basic certification or state initial certification, or proof of past NAD Basic or state initial certification. Applicants to the Master of Science in Education program with an Outdoor Education emphasis are exempt from this requirement.
  2. Recommendations: Submission of two professional recommendations. Forms are available from the Graduate Studies Office or online at
  3. Educational Experience (Instructional Leadership Only): Verification of two years successful teaching experience in a public school or non-public school, preK-12, that is approved by a recognized accrediting agency or approved by a state department of education; an institution of higher education approved by a regional accrediting association; U.S. government teaching programs; teacher exchange programs; or teaching in the armed forces of the United States.
  4. EDUC 503:Upon admission (in first term of enrollment), all MSEd students must register for EDUC 503 Orientation to MSEd Graduate Work in order to obtain a LiveText software license (Lab Fee 8 - $150 is applied), complete orientation, and submit program assessment required at admission.

Admission to Candidacy

EDUC 533 MSEd Pre-Candidancy must be taken upon completion of 12 hours and is a pre-requisite for admission to candidacy. MSEd students cannot progress beyond the completion of 24 credit hours in their program requirements without being admitted to candidacy. MSEd students must complete the following requirements for admission to candidacy.

  1. GPA:  Maintain a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00.
  2. Program Survey:  Submit a completed Program Survey.  This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  3. Dispositions Assessment:  Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an evaluation of proficient or higher on each of the core areas identified on the Dispositions Assessment form.
  4. Professional Membership:  Present documentation of membership in a professional organization.
  5. Admission Approval:  Receive approval for Admission to Candidacy from the MSEd Advisory Council.

Field Experiences

Candidates in the MSEd programs are required to conduct research as a component of Clinical Practice. The proposal will typically be developed as part of the graduate research course. The results of the research study are to be made available as a resource for faculty and colleagues, and is managed at the Southern Adventist University institutional repository (

Candidates engaged in a MSEd clinical practice experience must document impact on student learning, typically evidenced through analysis and reflections on pre- and post-assessments results. Furthermore, all candidates involved in field experiences are to complete the Field Experience Diversity Form, available from the School of Education and Psychology.

Program Completion

To graduate from a Master of Science in Education program, a candidate must complete all university and School of Education and Psychology requirements. In addition, the candidate must provide evidence of the following:

  1. EDUC 583: In their final term of enrollment, all MSEd students must register for EDUC 583 MSEd Capstone and submit all appropriate assessments via LiveText.
  2. Research Implementation: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the components of the Research Implementation Evaluation.
  3. Field Experience Diversity Form: Submit a completed Field Experience Diversity form. This form is available from the School of Education and Psychology.
  4. Comprehensive Questions: Successfully respond to comprehensive questions. Candidates will respond to core assessments, as well as questions specific to the area of emphasis. Responses will be evaluated in terms of accuracy of information, breadth and depth of knowledge, and written communication skills.
  5. Portfolio/Thesis: Students completing the Outdoor Education emphasis are required to submit a professional portfolio or complete and successfully defend a thesis as required by EDUC 598 .

Courses for the Master of Science in Education

 One of the following emphases is to be selected:

Emphasis in Instructional Leadership

The emphasis in Instructional Leadership seeks to prepare candidates to be exemplary teachers, while allowing the incorporation of content area knowledge. Candidates will be equipped with a wide repertoire of research-based teaching strategies and with the knowledge and skill to design and deliver instruction to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

The emphasis in Instructional Leadership with an administration concentration seeks to prepare education leaders for school principal and superintendent roles.

Subtotal 18 Hours

Select fifteen (15) hours from an area

(e.g. EDAD or a content area, such as math, science, English, or history).  Individuals interested in pursuing a course of study in administration (e.g. school principal or superintendent) will complete their 15 hours online at Southern in courses with the EDAD prefix listed below.  These individuals should also complete the EDAD Clinical Practice. 

For those selecting a content area, this program is intended for advanced study in an area of existing certification and thus allows the transfer of up to 15 graduate credits in a specific content area from an accredited institution of higher education.  The candidate must present a rationale for the inclusion of these courses in his or her program of study, which must then be approved by the MSEd Advisory Council.   Content area candidates will complete the EDIL Clinical Practice.

Subtotal 15 Hours

Total 33 Hours

Note: Availability of courses varies from year to year.

Emphasis in Literacy Education

The Master of Science emphasis in Literacy Education is designed to empower classroom teachers to keep learners at the heart of all literacy instruction, while responding to the demands of research-based pedagogical practice mandated by federal initiatives such as Common Core Standards. The Literacy Education program focuses on enhancing classroom pedagogy with a goal of teaching differently. Because most courses contain a significant application component, teachers are given ample opportunities to translate theory into practice.

Subtotal 30 Hours

Select three (3) hours of elective from EDAD, EDIL, EDLE, EDOE, or EDUC 531:

  • EDAD, EDIL, EDLE, EDOE, or EDUC 531  
Subtotal 3 Hours

Total 33 Hours

Note: Availability of courses varies from year to year.

Emphasis in Outdoor Education

The emphasis in Outdoor Education is designed for outdoor professionals, youth workers, classroom teachers, or anyone who wants to more effectively use God’s book of nature in teaching and outdoor programming. Generally, the classes and field experiences involve examining, evaluating, developing, and implementing outdoor education programs. Activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and rock climbing, are included as part of many of the courses, but are not the primary focus. Students can complete their coursework in three to four semesters, and may choose from two attendance options.  For program completion, a student must either submit and receive approval on a professional portfolio containing specific evidence as directed by the guidelines provided, or complete a thesis and successfully defend it as required by EDUC 598  .

Option 1: The Outdoor Professional Intensives

These intensive sessions are designed for outdoor professionals (camp directors, naturalists, etc.) who need to continue working while enrolled in classes. To accommodate the work schedules of such professionals, each semester requires attendance at a two-week intensive, with additional projects and/or assignments to be completed individually in an outdoor setting after the session. Online coursework is also utilized. Participation in these intensive sessions represents a commitment to the outdoor education field and is an opportunity for students to test their skills, knowledge, desires, and career goals while sharing topics of discussion and interest with the instructors and each other. Students in this attendance option must be employed by or have access to an outdoor facility in order to complete the field experiences required.

Option 2: The Classroom Teacher Summer Field School

The summer field school attendance option is designed for K-12 teachers who would like to use outdoor laboratories to enrich the classroom curriculum. Typically the student will attend three consecutive summer field school sessions in order to complete the degree. Internships allow the teacher to network with outdoor professionals in their home community. Resources used for internships typically include nature centers, parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, and government agencies offering outdoor education programming for teachers and schools. Some students may also elect to do Independent Study. Independent Study allows the teacher to develop outdoor units of study for use in their classrooms. All students attending the summer field school should come prepared with outdoor appropriate clothing and basic camping gear. Suggested schedules for summer field school and a list of items typically required for classes are available from the School of Education and Psychology.

Subtotal 15 Hours

Subtotal 6 Hours


Select twelve (12) hours from any Master’s-level Business, Counseling, or Education courses (must have pre-approval of Outdoor Education adviser). Six (6) hours must be EDOE courses.

Subtotal 12 Hours

Total 33 Hours

Note: EDUC 598  Master’s Thesis is recommended.

Suggested Schedules for Outdoor Professional Intensives

Winter Outdoor Intensive (even years)

Fall Outdoor Leadership Intensive

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