Secondary Education

Graduate programs

Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education

Entrance requirements

A student must hold certification to teach secondary education and meet all graduate school requirements.  Students in education-related occupations or professions other than secondary school teaching which require licensing or certification by state or national boards may be recommended for admission.  The student must complete any required prerequisite courses.  Such courses do not count toward completion of the degree requirements.  Students in the Educator Preparation Providers (EPP) program or the College of Education will be required to purchase a subscription to Taskstream (comprehensive portfolio system).

Degree requirements (33 hours total)

  1. Required Core Courses (6 hours)
    1. SFR 750 Philosophies of Education
    2. SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology
  2. Professional Core Courses  (6 hours)
    Course work designed for improvement of classroom instruction.  Courses should be selected from two of  the six areas below*:    
    1. EDT 650 Selection and Utilization of Educational Technology
    2. MID 725 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Early Adolescents
    3. PSY 705 Psychology of Adolescence OR PSY 710 Psychology of Education
    4. RDG 710 Content Area Literacy
    5. SEC 701 Secondary School Curriculum
    6. SPE 613 Physical and Health Needs of Students with Disabilities

      * Other electives specifically related to classroom teaching may be identified and substituted for numbers 1 through 6 above in conference with, and approval of, the degree advisor.
  3. Research and Specialized Core Experience (6 hours)
    Includes research (see below) and other course work to total 6 hours.  Of these 6 hours, a minimum of 2 hours must be in one of the following two research options.  Additional course work is needed if less than 6 hours of research is chosen. 
    1. Option I: Completion of a seminar paper or thesis.  Students must refer to their department requirements for meeting the emphasis area research component.  Thesis credit may not exceed 6 hours of the total program. Students writing a thesis may enroll in the appropriate course for their certification area.  Students must obtain their program director and/or advisor approval for their seminar or thesis course.
    2. Option II:  Completion of an extensive research project or major creative work.  Students must obtain their program director and/or advisor approval for their research course(s) component.
  4. Emphasis Area (15 hours)
    This emphasis must be an area in which the State of Missouri currently offers a certificate for grades K-12 or 9-12.  At least 3 hours of 700-level credit must be earned from Missouri State University in the emphasis area.  Refer to your emphasis area departmental section of this catalog for specific information. 

    Course work in some emphasis areas is limited and may not be offered every semester.  Students should check with the advisor as to availability of specific course offerings.

Comprehensive examinations

A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.  Students should refer to the department requirements for their emphasis area.

Graduation requirements

In addition to requirements established by the Graduate College, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all work attempted in education and in all work attempted in the emphasis area.


The advisor works with the student to determine the Program of Study which will be developed according to the needs and interest expressed by the advisee; the advisee's formal training at the undergraduate level; the teaching assignment of the advisee; and, professional assignments in which the advisee hopes to be involved in the future.

The seminar paper or original work must be approved by the student's emphasis area advisor and the instructor mentoring the project.  Students should refer to additional departmental requirements for their emphasis area.

Emphasis areas

Students may earn degrees in the following emphasis areas (the advisor is listed in each area):

Agriculture - James Hutter
Art - Steve Wilis
Biology - Georgiana Saunders, Dr. Janice Greene
Chemistry - Bryan Breyfogle
Earth Science - Melida Gutierrez
English - Cathie English (includes accelerated master's option) 
Family and Consumer Sciences - Debra Price
Geography - Jill Black
History - Kathleen Kennedy (includes accelerated master's option)
Mathematics - Gay Ragan (includes accelerated master's option)
Natural Science - Tamera Jahnke
Physical Education - Amanda Perkins - - Admission to this Emphasis Area has been suspended
Physics - to be named
Social Science - Kathleen Kennedy