Program Overview

Bemidji State University offers a Master of Science of Education for students and educators who want to develop advanced credentials in education in the areas of pre-kindergarten to post-secondary education.  The program focuses on the practice of teaching and how to best utilize their knowledge and experience to develop key aspects of childhood education, including the psychology of learning, community involvement in learning, and develop critical and creative thinking. In addition, students will learn about the science of education and how research is performed in order to create and improve educational programs.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include educational research, advanced educational psychology, the learning community, critical and creative thinking, curriculum and instruction, instructional design, and educational research.  

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to contribute to the effectiveness of the school by working collaboratively with families, the community, and other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development, to draw on knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and understanding of students to make principled judgments about sound practice, to manage and monitor student learning to create, enrich, maintain, and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students and to make the most effective use of time, and to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, through their knowledge of how the subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    Undergraduate degree

    School Overview

    Bemidji State University first opened as the Bemidji Normal School in 1919, preparing teachers for employment in Minnesota’s public school system. By 1921, the school expanded into a four-year program. Likewise, as the curriculum expanded, the school transitioned to Bemidji State College in 1957, and by 1975, gained University status.

    Bemidji State University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, along with graduate certificate options. Students can pursue more than 65 undergraduate programs of study, and the most popular include fields in education, business, science, technological studies, criminal justice, and psychology. In 1972, BSU created the Center for Extended Learning to provide distance learning programs. Today, the University continues to promote distance learning and students have multiple bachelor’s degree options.

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