The MS in educational studies program is designed for two groups of graduate students:
- Those interested in a master's degree in education but not seeking teacher certification
- 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
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.
What are Community Schools?
Community Schools build bridges between community resources, placing the school at the core of the community, to support youth, families and neighborhoods within and beyond the doors of the classroom. Through integrating community resources, community schools combat intergenerational poverty and create a more equitable school environment leading to increased student success and stronger communities.
- Track 1: Online MS in Educational Studies with a concentration in community schools. NOTE: Those who are interested should reach out to Dr. Kathleen Provinzano for more information.
- Track 2: 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.
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.
Students in the MS in Educational Studies with a concentration in community schools 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. At least 15 credits of the program will have a community schools focus.
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: Online MS in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Community Schools
The plan of study for the MS in Educational Studies with a concentration in community schools program includes a pre-approved sequence of courses.
Track 2: 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.
Request More Information
- Students interested in Track 1 should apply to the MS Educational Studies program on the graduate school website.
- Students interested in Track 2 should contact Regina Alfieri-Squier.
For questions about Binghamton University's Master of Science in Educational Studies with a concentration in community schools program, contact email@example.com.