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MSE in Educational Theory and Practice

Master of Science in Education in Educational Theory and Practice Online

Program Overview

What Our Online M.S. in Education – Educational Theory and Practice Offers You

The Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Educational Theory and Practice online program offers educators an opportunity to improve their general understanding of curriculum theory and current practices. This program also assists candidates who wish to work toward National Board Certification.

icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,510 Total Tuition
icon As few as 18 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. Students will benefit from the incorporation of technology that aligns with national expectations for the 21st-century educator. This program can be completed in as few as 18 months.

Within this master's degree, students focus on areas of learning that include:

  • Practices to enhance student achievement
  • Performance and field-based learning activities integrating theory and practice
  • Enrichment of teaching knowledge and skills regarding instruction and curriculum
  • Preparation for the National Board Certification process*

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.

*Students admitted to the MSE in Theory and Practice after Fall 2019 will no longer receive credit for National Board Certification.

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Pay for Your Online Program by the Course

Our MSE in Educational Theory and Practice online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $9,510
Tuition Per Credit Hour $317
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$277.00 $40.00 $317.00 $831.00 $120.00 $951.00

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The Schedule for Our Online M.S. in Education – Educational Theory and Practice Program

Our MSE in Educational Theory and Practice online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
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What You Need to Know Before Applying

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the MSE in Educational Theory and Practice online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a valid teaching certificate. Make sure to review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • A valid teaching certificate
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.75 (or 3.0 on last 60 hours) on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document
  • Unless otherwise noted, Arkansas State University has not confirmed if a program has met requirements for an out-of-state licensure and it is up to the Student to confirm if the program will meet the needs for licensure. Please refer to the Program Approval Map to determine which programs are eligible to be offered in States and to find relevant State Agency contact information. Eligibility to offer in a State does not guarantee the program will meet State licensure requirements.

Additional Information

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

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A Look at the Online Educational Theory and Practice Curriculum

Students are required to complete 30 hours of coursework.

ELAD 6003: School and Community Relations

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on concepts, programs, and procedures for establishing and maintaining positive relations between the school, its constituents, and related agencies.

ELCI 6063: Curriculum Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on perspectives, skills, and processes necessary for managing curriculum and formalizing the curriculum decision-making process.

ELCI 6533: Theories of Instruction

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on learning theories and various models of teaching.

ELFN 6763: Philosophies of Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on various educational philosophies with emphasis on implications of their tenets on educational theory and practice.

ELFN 6773: Introduction to Statistics and Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.

ELSE 5733: Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on classroom teachers' involvement in identification procedures and services for gifted, talented, and creative learners through differentiated curriculum and varied teaching strategies.

ELSE 6053: Advanced Methods of Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of models for the planning and delivering of instruction to students with disabilities who require an individualized general curriculum Includes techniques and materials for teaching reading, math and writing.

ELCI 6043: Reflective Teaching

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to facilitate teachers who are preparing for National Board Certification to become reflective teachers using collected teaching data. Teachers will learn to use observation data collection techniques and evidences of best practice to analyze information to promote growth in their professional lives. Included in this course will be five observation data collection techniques, several models to aid in reflective teaching, and Pathwise to guide evidences of best practice.

TE 6263: Teachers as Professionals: Working toward National Teaching Standards

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on applying the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in an examination of teaching practices.

ELCI 6773: National Teaching Standards Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on instructional best practices and on data-collecting techniques to enhance efficacy in teaching.

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