The School of Education offers graduate study leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in six areas: Counseling, Education, Agricultural Education, Extension Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, and Educational Leadership.
The Master's program in Counseling prepares counselors to work professionally with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds and in a variety of settings. Program specializations are available in school counseling and in clinical mental health counseling at the master's degree level.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are prepared to work in human service settings, community mental health agencies, higher education settings, family services centers, public and private mental health agencies and treatment centers, and other related settings. Example courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track include Professional Orientation, Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling, Group Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Counseling Theories, Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Counselors, and Advanced Clinical Assessment.
More information on the Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can be found here.
School Counseling students are prepared to work in elementary, middle, secondary, and/or K-12 environments. Example courses in the School Counseling track include Professional Orientation, Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling, Group Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Counseling Theories, Guidance Administration and Consulting, and Professional K-12 School Counseling.
More information on the Master's degree in School Counseling can be found here.
The Master's programs in Education focus on further development of classroom teachers through study of instructional delivery and enhancement, increase of pedagogical skills, and content expertise. Program specializations are available in Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Licensure, and Whole Child Approaches and we offer content area focuses in English Education, History Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, and Social Science Education. Additionally, we offer graduate degrees in Agricultural Education, Extension Education, and Family & Consumer Sciences Education.
Curriculum & Instruction
The Curriculum & Instruction program option focuses on further development of teacher leaders through study of instructional delivery and enhancement. The program curriculum includes areas of human development, learning, foundations of education, school curriculum, roles of schools and society, and further study in areas of interest.
More information on the Curriculum & Instruction emphasis in Education can be found here.
Whole Child Approaches (pending approval)
The Whole Child Approaches program option integrates education, human development, and health fields to foster holistic approaches to student-centered learning. The program prepares elementary and secondary educators to engage families and communities in creating positive and healthy school climates that promote student wellness and academic achievement. Graduates will be prepared to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model to advance K-12 students' social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development through evidence-based practices.
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Content Area Majors
Content-focused master’s degree program in Education focus on increasing both pedagogical skills and content expertise. Candidates in these programs complete the four core pedagogical courses listed on the program of study and at least nine credits of master’s-level content coursework.
- Agricultural Education
- English Education
- Extension Education
- Family & Consumer Sciences Education
- History Education
- Mathematics Education
- Music Education
- Science Education
- Social Science Education
More information on the Content Area Majors in Education can be found here.
Teacher Licensure Option
The Teacher Licensure option allows students with a degree in teachable major to complete professional education coursework to earn teacher licensure. The program is aligned with ND teacher licensure options but transfers well to other states. Additional content coursework may be needed to meet licensure requirements and will be evaluated upon entry to the program.
More information on the Teacher Licensure Option in Education can be found here.
Agricultural Education offers graduate study leading to the M.Ed. and M.S. degrees. Advanced work may involve specialized training in vocational education, extension education, international extension, and agricultural education.
More information on the Master's degree in Agricultural Education can be found here.
Graduate study in Extension Education leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees. Specialized training in an area of interest is required.
More information on the Master's degree in Extension Education can be found here.
The program is designed to facilitate the needs of currently working music teachers as well as students who wish to continue their education to the master's level after having completed the baccalaureate degree. Advanced work may be taken in Family and Consumer Science Education, Career and Technical Education, Extension, and curriculum design and development.
More information on the Master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education can be found here.
The principle purpose of the Educational Leadership program is to provide professional/academic education for individuals preparing for leadership roles in PK-12 and higher education settings. These roles include teacher leadership, mid-level administrative positions (elementary school principal, secondary school principal or higher education administrator), and upper-level administrative positions such as superintendent of schools. Program specializations are available in building/district leadership, teacher leadership, and higher education administration at the master's degree level.
The Teacher Leadership emphasis in Educational Leadership provides academic preparation for classroom teachers preparing for leadership roles in PK-12 settings that don't typically require an administrative credential.
The Higher Education emphasis in Educational Leadership provides academic preparation for individuals preparing for leadership roles in higher education settings, such as residential life or other areas within student affairs, admissions, or athletics.