Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in Education strengthens the ability of educators to promote literacy and academic achievement in the culturally and ethnically diverse environment of 21st century America. The program stresses the ability to seek out, understand, and apply insights from current educational research, with the fundamental goal of improving literacy skills of all students, including English-language learners, as a means of enhancing learning in all content areas. The program is intended to prepare educators to assume leadership roles among their colleagues and within their school districts, particularly in initiatives related to differentiating instruction and improving student literacy levels.

The mission of the program is to strengthen educators’ ability to enable students to be literate and productive citizens, capable of achieving their own goals and of strengthening our democratic system of government.


  • To place education within an ethical framework
  • To enhance skills related to teaching literacy across the curriculum
  • To strengthen the ability to collect and analyze data
  • To develop the ability to use assessment to inform classroom instruction
  • To master the ability to recognize and conduct valid educational research and to incorporate research-based instruction in lessons and units of instruction
  • To master the ability to recognize differences among students and to provide differentiated instruction that enables all students to learn

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 all universities or colleges attended
  • 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.)
  • Graded piece of writing from an upper level course at the undergraduate or a previous graduate level course

All application materials should be sent to:

Division of Professional and Graduate Studies Albertus Magnus College 700 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06511

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.

Accelerated Degree Program

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

Course Load

Students in the Master of Science in Education Program may register for no more than 6 credits per module.

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 seven years of matriculation.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.

Graduation with Honors

In this Program, to be eligible to have "With Honors" bestowed at graduation

  • The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 and above.
  • The student must receive a grade of "A" in both ED 680 Capstone Research Practicum and ED 691 Comprehensive Activity.

Program of Study

Foundation Courses

  • ED 501 Maps of Education: Tracing the Roots of Contemporary Public Education 3 credits
  • ED 502 Educational Psychology: Theories, Learning, Development, and Teaching Practices 3 credits
  • ED 503 Educational Research 3 credits

Student Needs Sequence

  • ED 601 Language Acquisition and Structure 3 credits
  • ED 602 Reading and Writing as Tools for Learning 3 credits
  • ED 603 Assessment and Student Learning 3 credits
  • ED 604 Culture and Inter-group Relations 3 credits
  • ED 605 Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom 3 credits
  • ED 606 Technological Applications in the Classroom 3 credits

Capstone Sequence

  • ED 680 Capstone Research Practicum 2 credits
  • ED 691 Comprehensive Activity 1 credit