Educational Studies (MS)

This program is designed for three groups of graduate students:

  1. those interested in a noncertificate master's degree in education
  2. teachers with initial certification seeking professional certification in content areas such as music, art, health, etc.
  3. international students seeking to learn about education systems in the U.S.

Noncertificate master's degree students will meet the requirements for the Master of Science (MS) in Educational Studies program in conjunction with their own professional goals as they meet with their advisor and sign up for credits as required in the program. Students completing this program of study may pursue careers in settings such as daycare centers, education-related social services, noncertificate staff in private schools, or training in business and industry environment.

Teachers with an initial certification who are interested in professional certification in content areas such as music, art, health, etc. need to receive approval of a course sequence in an associated department(s) before they are admitted into this professional preparation program. 

Note: A master’s in Educational Studies degree does not lead to teaching certification. Those entering the program with initial teaching certification (e.g. music, art, health, etc) will need to apply to  New York State Education Department (NYSED) via the individual transcript review for professional certification and follow up with NYSED as appropriate.


Program requirements

The program consists of 30 graduate credits, with a minimum of 21 credits taken in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University.

Required courses

Students in the MS in Educational Studies program are required to:

  • take at least six credits in each of three educational areas: foundations of education, teaching and learning, and research;
  • take nine credits of electives in any field;
  • complete a final culminating capstone master's paper or project.

Students with initial certification (e.g. music, art, health, etc.). will be required to take 12 of their 21 credits of electives in their content area, usually through another department at Binghamton University. A concentration in Community Schools, through the 15-credit advanced certificate program, is a complementing option for the fulfillment of the elective requirement.

Culminating paper/project requirement

Culminating capstone paper involves a formal research paper on a major educational issue or a research report of a field-based study (15-20 pages).

Alternatively, if the student is teaching, this could involve presenting a reflective portfolio of teaching and curricular materials, including a review of relevant research.

The student's paper supervisor, in consultation with the student, will determine the focus and scope of the paper or project. The paper supervisor should be a Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership faculty member familiar with or interested in the student's research or curricular area; the supervisor is not necessarily the student's program advisor.

Plan of study

The plan of study for the MS in Educational Studies Program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.  Courses taken in other units than TLEL require approval from both departments. A plan of study for the MS in Educational Studies with Community Schools concentration is a  pre-approved sequence of courses.


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