Educational Studies (MS)

Overview

The MS in educational studies program is designed for four groups of graduate students:

  1. Those interested in a master's degree in education but not seeking teacher certification
  2. Teaching, social service, health, or other professionals who desire preparation in education and who wish to work in Community Schools (integrated systems of support) or with agencies associated with the Community Schools strategy
  3. International students seeking to learn about education systems in the U.S.
  4. Teachers with initial teacher certification seeking professional certification in content areas such as music, art, health, etc.

To meet the requirements of this program, students will identify their own professional goals in consultation with their advisor and register for courses that will support attaining those goals. Students completing this program of study may pursue careers in settings such as daycare centers, education-related social services, non-teaching positions in public and private schools, informal learning environments (e.g., after-school, summer programs) or education/training in business and industry environments.

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 content course sequence in associated department(s) before they are admitted into this program.

Three Programs 

  • Track 1: General MS in Educational Studies
  • Track 2: Online MS in Educational Studies with Advanced Certificate in Community Schools concentration. NOTE: if you are interested in the Advanced Certificate in Community Schools please reach out to Luann F. Kida lkida@binghamton.edu for more information.
  • Track 3: Accelerated/4+1 Degree in Human Development BS / MS in Educational Studies. This 4+1 program allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years:

Note: A master’s degree in Educational Studies 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 six credits in foundations of education, six credits in teaching and learning, and three credits in research;
  • take six credits of education electives;
  • take nine additional 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 15 credits of electives in the content area of their initial certification, usually through another department at Binghamton University. A concentration in Community Schools, through the 15-credit advanced certificate program, is also available.

Culminating paper/project requirement

A culminating capstone paper/project is typically completed in the final semester of study. Some examples of capstone papers/projects include: a formal research paper on a major educational issue, a research report of a field-based study, or a reflective portfolio of teaching and curricular materials. For students completing the Community Schools concentration, the capstone will be completed during CSC 505: Capstone Internship/Final Project.

The student, in consultation with the capstone supervisor, will determine the focus and scope of the paper or project. The capstone 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

Track 1: General MS in Educational Studies

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.

Track 2: Online MS in Educational Studies with Advanced Certificate in Community Schools concentration

plan of study for the MS in Educational Studies with Community Schools concentration is a pre-approved sequence of courses.

Track 3: Accelerated/4+1 Degree in Human Development BS / MS in Educational Studies

Please contact a member of TLEL's admissions team to schedule an appointment and learn more about the Accelerated/4+1 Degree program.


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Inquiries

For questions about Binghamton University's Master of Science in Educational Studies program, contact tlel@binghamton.edu.