Teaching professionally requires the practical knowledge of a subject and the ability to communicate that subject in ways that students can understand. The constant changes in education and the development of new teaching methods and technologies require professionals who are dedicated to take an active interest in their own personal learning, intellectual growth, and professional development.
The Master of Science in Education degree (MSEd) is a graduate degree that offers various areas of concentration for those who desire to advance further in the field of education. Classroom teachers will find this degree especially attractive. In addition, the MSEd degree is an academic degree that encourages an educator's development and intellectual enrichment. Moreover, the MSEd degree is a specialized degree that facilitates licensure renewal, faculty promotion, and salary increases. Finally, the MSEd degree is a professional degree that prepares an educator for doctoral studies.
Areas of Concentration
Calvary Theological Seminary offers the MSEd degree with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education, and Administration and School Leadership. In the future, other specialties may be added, including Adult Education, English as a Second Language, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Reading and Literacy, and/or Special Education.
For each candidate, the MSEd program objectives include the following:
- To enhance the student’s professional ability, knowledge base, and skill level for effective school leadership and professional development.
- To foster an attitude of continuous improvement and to enrich the quality of classroom instruction.
- To promote the integration and application of the best educational practices, instructional theories, and research methods.
- To develop the professional skills necessary for making informed decisions and taking appropriate actions based on study, examination, reflective analysis, and the utilization of pertinent data.
Guidelines for Admission to the Program
All students seeking admission to the MSEd program must be admitted to Calvary Theological Seminary, according to the following requirements:
- Request official admission status to the seminary and to the MSEd program (see current catalog for more information). Complete and file the appropriate application for admission to the graduate program.
- Submit all official transcript(s) and required test scores.
- Present passing scores in teaching areas on state-approved content-area exams (current teachers).
- Meet all special requirements (i.e., normally a minimum of 9 semester hours of English; a minimum of 6 semester hours each of mathematics, science, and social studies) with a grade of C or better in the core course areas.
- Present passing scores on the PRAXIS II exam (current teachers).
- Submit satisfactory evidence of oral and written communication ability.
- Provide evidence of instructional employment in an accredited public or private school (current teachers).
- Pass a criminal background check (in addition, the candidate may be required to provide satisfactory evidence of freedom from any incapacitating behavior, demeanor, or defects, including unsuitability to teach and/or unethical conduct that is not in harmony with those encouraged by the seminary and required by the state for certification. Any such conduct may constitute grounds for dismissal from the program. The Teacher Education Advisory Committee is responsible to determine whether student behavior is detrimental or unacceptable and to take appropriate action regarding retention, conditional retention, or dismissal from the MSEd program).
- Obtain official approval and recommendation of the CTS Teacher Education Advisory Committee.
- Meet all other admissions requirements, as specified. These may include the following:
- Demonstrate a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 for the last sixty credit hours (60) hours of academic work completed.
- Possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the teaching area with no grade
below a C or below passing on a state approved and administered content area exam.
Course of Study (Administration and School Leadership) »
Course of Study (Curriculum and Instruction) »
Course of Study (Elementary Education) »
Courses of study may be adjusted during a student's time at Calvary. Students should consult with their advisor and/or the Registrar before finalizing a schedule each semester.