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Do you want to advance your education career and improve your impact on students' lives?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Education is a 30-credit master’s degree that features all online courses and offers a flexible curriculum to meet your professional development goals. Select three or four courses within an interest area, earn a certificate, or mix and match courses from several areas:

  • Reading and Literacy
  • E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate
  • Instructional Design Certificate
  • Elementary or Middle School Instructional Strategies
  • Mathematics Specialist
  • And others

100% of coursework is online - work around your schedule

This program is for:

  • Previously or currently licensed teachers seeking professional development in an accredited Master’s program.
  • Instructors at post-secondary institutions seeking a master’s degree in professional development who do not require K-12 certification.
  • Instructors in business and industry or other community-based settings.

Please note, the online program does not have a certification concentration; if you seek initial teacher certification, only the on-campus bachelor's level program provides initial teacher certification. For more information visit our School of Education website.

Program Plan & Course Sequences

The M.S. Education degree program plan and required course listing is available in the 2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin.

Elective Courses

You may mix and match single courses to match your professional goals, or you may enroll in a sequence of courses to complete a certificate or certification. Some courses and certificate programs may require prerequisites. All courses and certificate or certification programs listed here are approved electives for use in our MS in Education program.

Click on the links below for more information or program/course requirements.

Note: you need 11 credits of electives to fulfill the requirements of the MS in Education program.  

Admission Requirements & Application

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

Please submit all materials by email to Amy Gullixson. Applicants are welcome to submit hard copy materials by mail as well:

Amy Gullixson
MS in Education – Application
200 Main Street East
UW-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751

Online Cost and Financial Aid

UW-Stout's online Masters of Science degree in Education prepares individuals to work as professional educators, or to enhance the skills they already have. 

Costs

  •  $473 per graduate credit — customized instruction rate.

Financial Aid

If you are interested in receiving financial aid to finance your graduate degree, file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to list University of Wisconsin-Stout so that your results will automatically be sent to our university. The Title IV School Code for University of Wisconsin-Stout is 003915.

Degree-seeking students who are registered for at least five (5) graduate credits a semester in the program may qualify for financial aid.

For more information, please visit the websites below:

  • Office of Financial Aid
    For more information about grants, scholarships, loans, student employment and other forms of aid as well as deadlines and applications visit the UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid.
  • Stout University Foundation
    The Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students, financed by the contributions of alumni, friends, parents, faculty, campus organizations, other Stout staff, foundations and corporations
  • Graduate Assistantships (GA)
    To apply for a Graduate Assistantship position, go to the Stout CareerLink site. For more information view the Graduate Assistantships page.
  • Multicultural Student Services
    The Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office is committed to the success of ethnic minority students. You'll find information about specific grants and scholarship opportunities.
Objectives & Outcomes

Core Objectives:

  1. Explore the personal, historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, multicultural, and political influences on educational practice from an organizational and personal perspective.
  2. Analyze current issues and trends in education in the context of educational research and historical foundations of education.
  3. Examine personal practice to reflectively develop a personal philosophy and practice of education in one or more areas of educational specialization.
  4. Examine how various orientations to curriculum integrate the theoretical, instructional, and educational modes of discourse.
  5. Plan, evaluate, and revise curriculum used in one's own practice.
  6. Analyze, evaluate, and revise one's own teaching and make judgments about the appropriateness of various teaching methods in various contexts.
  7. Use and evaluate educational technologies appropriate to one's own practice.
  8. Analyze the philosophy and principles underlying organization and operation of schools.
  9. Interpret educational research and conduct applied research to improve teaching and learning.

Professional Development Concentration Objectives:

  1. Reflect on one's own practice to select goals and formulate a professional development plan or license renewal plan aligned with the Wisconsin Standards.
  2. In collaboration with peers and the professional development team engage in a continuous and annual review of the professional development or license renewal plan.
  3. Provide standards-based portfolio evidence of professional development aligned with the accepted teaching standards.
Career Opportunities

You will be pleasantly surprised at the rewards an M.S. in Education will bring you. If you are currently teaching, your investment in education may make you eligible for an increase in salary or qualify you for advancements. Many teaching positions require at least a master's degree, so you may have more teaching opportunities. You should also:

  •     become a more successful instructor
  •     find more confidence in your teaching
  •     be able to employ new techniques in your classroom
  •     enable people to learn

Many jobs are posted on the American Association for Employment in Education, Inc.

You can also check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook which offers current information for the education job market.

Testimonials

"UW-Stout's high-quality online program is designed for teachers at all levels and offers the flexibility that working professionals needs.  The program offers options to select online courses demonstrating a variety of instructional methods to use in my classroom."

-Nishele Lenards

"As a high school business instructor, it took a long time to find a master's program that was interesting and useful to me in my professional development. This online program is excellent because participants can see the online education process being modeled. I took the e-Learning Certificate course offerings as my elective courses throughout the program. I now understand how to design, develop and implement e-learning into my current curriculum delivery. Because of this program, I was introduced to Moodle — a free course management system, which we are now using at Hayward High School. I feel well-prepared to meet the on-demand styles of the 21st century learner."

-Julie Fischer
Exeland, Wisconsin

"Learning online has been a valuable experience for me. I am in a supportive learning community with so many enthusiastic learners! I was hesitant about teaching full-time and working towards my masters. It is a lot of work, but I am learning so many real world applications that I can use in my classroom to help my students!"

-Alissa Manning-Telisak
Winona, Minnesota

"I feel as though the Student Services Support staff person of the program cares about me and wants to do whatever she can to see me succeed. I cannot stress enough how helpful she has been throughout the entire process. From enrollment to registering for classes to dealing with course issues, she has been there for me every step of the way! I would highly recommend UW-Stout's online program to my friends, family, or anyone else!"

-Kristie Swift
Arcadia, Wisconsin

"I am having a great experience working online to obtain a Master of Science in Education through UW-Stout. The ability to work with professionals from around the state, country, and sometimes the world brings a whole new perspective to education. People seem more free to express themselves in ways they may not in a classroom situation, and share real experiences related to life, the classroom, and life in education.  It has been an excellent way to communicate, learn, and obtain a degree."

-Billy Geiger
Chili, Wisconsin

"Obtaining my degree online has been a blessing. With two small children, I am able to work when it is convenient for me and my family. The master's program is rigorous, but with the support of the staff at UW-Stout, it is just as easy online as it is in the classroom. I have nothing but positive comments and experiences from my time at UW-Stout."

-Alicia Helle
Garnavillo, Iowa

"With just a few credits left toward completion of my degree, I am happy to say that the UW-Stout Masters in Education program has been an awesome experience. Many of my UW-Stout instructors have fostered an online environment in which discussion and peer interaction have allowed for a thorough interrogation of ideas. Learning from the perspective of others and enjoying the company of a community of learners has promoted a level of personal growth that I was unaware that I had the potential for. For this I will be forever thankful."

-Paul Mugan
Waverly, Iowa

"I work full-time so I anticipated that it would be difficult to balance class time, work and the rest of my commitments. However, I found the opposite to be true. I enjoyed the courses and learned information that was immediately applicable and relevant. The staff and instructors offered a great deal of support and assistance."

-Nancy Stueland-Adamski
Hewitt, Wisconsin

"I really liked the online format rather than driving to a campus for my classes. As a current teacher, I was able to get online when it worked into my schedule. The professors did a good job of using cooperative learning to help students interact via the computer. Also, the School of Education personnel were very helpful whenever I had questions. (Thanks, Amy!)"

-Kris Anderson
Medford, Wisconsin

"Since I have a full-time job as a special education teacher, and a family I like to spend time with, I needed a program that allowed me to do the work when it was convenient for me. This program has allowed this to happen. The professors have all been so helpful, especially in helping me fix any problems that I encountered along the way. I would recommend anyone who wants a flexible schedule to take the classes online. It's a great way to meet people from all over the world and learn new information."

-Louise Zuiderhof
Lakenheath, England

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