Master of Science in Education Program Overview

Our Master of Science in Education degree is for students looking to advance their careers in education. The program will provide education focused on how to create more efficient learning environments and study topics such as education reform, personnel administration, school economics, curriculum design, leadership, and specialized education programs.

Master of Science in Education Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Education will be able to:

  • Understand and implement learning, growing and development across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas of each individual.
  • Create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and encourage positive social interaction and self-motivation.
  • Build learning experiences that make learning accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  • Use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth and decision making.
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop a deep understanding of content areas.
  • Continually evaluate his or her practice and adapt it to meet the needs of each learner.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Education program, students will be prepared to advance their careers in education. The program will provide theoretical training and practical experience, a combination which results in better educators and leaders who continue to excel within and beyond the field of education.

Required Core Courses24 Credits

  • EDU501 Social Contexts in Education
  • EDU502 Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDU503 Research and Analysis in Teaching and Learning
  • EDU504 Educating Exceptional Children
  • EDU601 Theory and Practice of Teaching
  • EDU602 Problems in the Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 603 Teaching with Technology
  • EDU604 Assessment and Evaluation


Students select 18 credits from upper-division courses that may include the following:

  • EDU610 Elementary Science Methods and Content
  • EDU611 Elementary Social Studies Methods and Content
  • EDU612 Elementary Literacy Methods and Content
  • EDU620 Content Area Reading and Writing
  • EDU621 Dynamics of Middle School
  • EDU622 High School Methods and Content
  • EDU630 Foundations of Learning in a New Language
  • EDU631 Critical Issues in Literacy
  • EDU632 Applied Linguistics for Language Educators
  • EDU640 Program Design and Evaluation
  • EDU641 Virtual Learning, Collaboration and Transmedia
  • EDU642 New Learning and Emerging Technology
  • EDU650 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Learning
  • EDU651 Engineering Design for School Teaching and Learning
  • EDU652 Visualization for Math, Science, and Technology Education
  • EDU690 Capstone Integration Experience

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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