Master of Science in Education
Choose a concentration in STEM or Literacy

Accelerated Degree Program

Classes are offered in an accelerated degree format, which consists of eight-week modules during the calendar year.

Course Load

Students in the Master of Science in Education Program will register for 6 credits per module.

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • ED 502 Educational Psychology: Theories, Learning, Development, and Teaching Practice 3 credits
  • ED 504 Japanese Lesson Study I 3 credits
  • ED 675 Japanese Lesson Study II 3 credits
  • ED 501 Maps of Education: Tracing the Roots of Contemporary Public Education 3 credits
  • ED 503 Educational Research 3 credits
  • ED 604 Culture and Inter-group Relations 3 credits
  • ED 605 Differentiated Instruction 3 credits

STEM Courses

  • ED 510 Introduction to STEM 3 credits
  • ED 607 Technology and Assesment in STEM 3 credits
  • ED 628 Reading, Writing & Special Populations in STEM 3 credits
  • ED 677 Leadership in STEM 3 credits
  • Capstone Research Practicum 3 credits

Literacy Courses

  • ED 511 Language Development and Learning, including ELLs 3 credits
  • ED 627 Literacy Assesment 3 credits
  • ED 608 21st Century Literacy 3 credits
  • ED 678 Leadership in Literacy 3 credits
  • Capstone Research Practicum 3 credits

Advantages of Pursuing this Degree

  • Complete this 36-credit accelerated Master of Science in Education degree within six 8-week modules;
  • Specialize in one of two highly needed content areas, making you a valued CT classroom teacher;
  • Become skilled in the Japanese Lesson Study professional development approach used to improve lesson and unit development;
  • Join with other educators as a member of a cohort;
  • Experience blended instructional formats – online and in-class;
  • Participate in small weekly seminar sessions;
  • Acquire research-based instructional strategies and discuss with faculty and cohort peers how to apply these to your unique classroom, school, and district conditions.

Admissions Requirements

The following will be required of all applicants accepted into the Master of Science in Education Program:

  • A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.7 in a 4.0 system
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges or universities attended
  • Current Resume
  • Demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills
  • Essay [See application for essay directions.]
  • For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
  • For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
    • Military, university and college transcripts
    • Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists,
    • Notice of Basic Eligibility Veteran’s Intent to Register form
  • Valid Connecticut teaching certificate or eligibility for CT teacher certification
    (Applicants not certified may request a waiver indicating reasons for request.)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including a character reference, and at least one academic reference (If currently teaching, a reference from a supervising administrator is encouraged.)

All application materials should be sent to:

Master of Science in Education Program
Division of Professional and Graduate Studies
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Important Dates

Applications accepted beginning January 26, 2018 for the 2018-2019 cohort

Classes begin August 28, 2018

Purposes of the Program

Albertus Magnus College offers a Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in either STEM or literacy that is faithful to the College’s mission and heritage: “…dedicated to providing an opportunity to learning which responds to the academic needs and ethical challenges of its students and of society.

One purpose of this Master of Science in Education degree is to meet the CT General Statutes, Section 10-145b (g) effective July 1, 2016*: “…to qualify for a professional educator certificate, a person who holds or has held a provisional educator certificate…shall hold a master’s degree in an appropriate subject matter area…” As interpreted by the State Board of Education, this master’s degree requirement must be earned at a regionally accredited college or university, and must include “…at least 15 graduate credits in content or content pedagogy…” This affects all educators who hold an initial teacher certificate dated July 1, 2016* or later, and who are seeking a master’s degree to fulfill requirements for professional certification. *Note: This legislation was amended in November, 2017, by PA 17-173. Currently, to advance to the professional level certification, educators must meet CT General Statutes, Section 10-145b (g) PRIOR to July 1, 2018.]

These two options for concentration, STEM or literacy, represent two areas of great concern expressed by school and district administrators, leaders in business, and legislators as they call for STEM and literacy skills improvement among all students, grades pre-K – 12. A primary purpose of this Master of Science in Education degree is to prepare teachers with the knowledge, skills, and teaching strategies to teach STEM content and literacy effectively in their own classrooms, and the leadership skills to coach their colleagues to do so as well.

Transfer Credits

Albertus Magnus College will accept a maximum of 6 graduate hours from a regionally accredited college or university toward satisfying the M.S. Ed. degree. Such credits must have been completed prior to entrance into the program and must satisfy degree requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed with a minimum grade of 3.0 within the last five years. Transfer credits will be considered on an individual basis. Students must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the course(s) to be transferred. All requests to transfer credits must be completed prior to starting the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all required coursework.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Capstone Sequence
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 system. Students receiving a final grade of 1.7 or lower in any course will be required to repeat that course
  • Completion of all requirements within five years of matriculation.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.