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GENERAL EDUCATION

The Master of Science in Education (MSED) General Education graduate program provides flexibility in developing a plan of study suited to individual academic and professional goals. The program, which can be completed in as little as one calendar year (four terms), is structured to assist candidates with different career objectives, including those wishing to complete the New York State master’s degree requirement for professional certification in their original content area, those desiring to earn teaching certification through New York’s individual evaluation pathway, or those wanting to work in an alternative educational setting without earning certification.  It is strongly recommended that students with New York State (NYS) initial certification, who seek professional certification through this program confer with either a NYS Certification Evaluator or a BOCES regional certificiation specialist before enrolling. Likewise, individual evaluation certification candidates are encouraged to contact the appropriate NYSED or BOCES regional certification offices to ensure that courses offered in the program meet pedagogy-specific requirements for certification.  

For out-of-state candidates interested in using the MSED General Education program to meet licensing requirements in other states, please refer to our professional licensure disclosure language here.

For more information on how to apply, click the link below:


Required Core Courses (18-21 credits):

  • EDU 5005 Education in a Democratic and Pluralistic Society
  • EDU 5300 Principles of Curriculum Design K-12
  • EDU 5900 Principles of Educational Research
  • EDU/RDG 5047 Theory to Practice: Teaching Literacy in a Diverse Society
  • EDU 5330 Instructional Design for the Inclusive Classroom

One of the following:

  • EDU 5999 Graduate Thesis in Education (3 or 6 credits)
  • EDU 6000 Graduate Seminar in Education (3 credits)

Professional Elective Courses (12 credits):

Students will select from the following course options in Group A below or, if they are seeking teaching certification, they may also select from the practicum and student teaching options in Group B upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies:

GROUP A:

  • RDG 5010 Perspectives of Literacy Acquisition
  • EDU 5115 Curriculum Design for the Secondary Classroom
  • EDU 5260 Principles of Assessment and Differentiation in the Adolescent Classroom
  • EDU 5270 Content Literacy for Diverse Learners
  • RDG 5300 Adolescent Literacy Through a Developmental Lens
  • EDU 5325 Critical Issues in Dis(ability) and Special Education
  • EDU 5335 Assessment for Student Learning in Special Education
  • RDG 5350 Principles of Literacy Assessment and Intervention (Birth through Grade 12)
  • RDG 5430 Principles of Literacy Leadership
  • EDU 5550 Creating Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments

GROUP B:

  • EDU 5102 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Biology I
  • EDU 5202 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Biology II
  • EDU 5132 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Chemistry I
  • EDU 5232 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Chemistry II
  • EDU 5142 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching English Language Arts I
  • EDU 5242 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching English Language Arts II
  • EDU 5112 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Mathematics I
  • EDU 5212 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Mathematics II
  • EDU 5123 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Social Studies I
  • EDU 5223 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Secondary Social Studies II
  • RDG 5400 Graduate Literacy Practicum I: Early Childhood and Childhood
  • RDG 5410 Graduate Literacy Practicum II: Midlevel and Adolescence
  • EDU 5555 Practicum and Seminar in Students with Disabilities
  • EDU 5400 Student Teaching and Capstone Seminar

Total credit hours = 30-33 credits

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (MSE): GENERAL EDUCATION ROTATION

ONE-YEAR (FOUR-TERM) ROTATION

SUMMER FALL WINTER SPRING

EDU 5330 Instructional Design for the Inclusive Classroom K-12

EDU 5005 Education in a Democratic and Pluralistic Society

6 credits

EDU 5300 Principles of Curriculum Design

EDU 5900 Educational Research

Professional Elective Course

9 credits

EDU /RDG 5047 Theory to Practice: Teaching Literacy in a Diverse Society

Professional Elective Course

Professional Elective Course

9 credits

EDU 6000 Graduate Seminar in Education

Professional Elective Course

6 credits

Please note: Students wishing to complete the MSED General Education program through a different progression cycle (e.g., two years, one course per term, or some other sequence) shall work with the Director of Graduate Studies to develop individualized plans that meet their specific needs and circumstances. 

For additional information regarding this program, please contact graduate@elmira.edu.