Program Overview

Chadron State College currently offers a Master of Education-Curriculum and Instruction, a degree for students wishing to advance their careers in education. Students will strengthen their knowledge in curriculum, research, assessment, administration, supervision, and counseling. There are four tracks for this program: Elementary, Elementary Field Option (Concentration in a Subject Area), Secondary, and K-12 Special Education. Though much of the program is online, students must be on campus for some of the program.

Applicants must have a teaching certificate to be accepted for this program—applicants pursuing the science option must take the GRE. Students must complete Introduction to Graduate Study within the first 12 hours of the program. The Elementary option requires 36 credit hours from a list of core courses and elementary performance courses plus an additional elective, scholarly project, or thesis. Core courses include Educational Philosophy and School Law while Elementary Performance Courses include Improvement of Instruction in Reading and Improvement of Language Arts in Elem/Mid School. The Elementary Field is similar in structure as the Elementary focus with courses being mostly the same; the major difference being students must also complete courses in a Field of Concentration. These fields include Language Arts, Physical Education, Science, Special Education, Mathematics, Reading, and Social Science.

The Secondary Teacher focus includes core courses similar to the first two plus elective courses in the Field of Concentration. These include Business Education, Industrial Technology, Reading Career and Technical Education, Mathematics, Science, Educational Technology, Physical Education, Social Science, and Special Education. Finally, the K-12 Specialist focus involves 15 hours in core courses which include topics such as curriculum development and diagnosis and correction. The remaining hours involve the required SPED Endorsement Courses such as Clinical Experience, Consultation and Collaboration, and Language and Learning Disorders. There is no thesis or project required for these final two focuses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    Students must have earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1911, Chadron State College is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located in the rural town of Chadron, Nebraska. The vision statement of the school states: “Chadron State College aspires to be a premiere institution of higher education in the western High Plains states, innovatively pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.”

    Chadron State College offers undergraduate programs and graduate programs, awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Fields of study are housed within the schools of:

    • School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Applied and Mathematical Sciences and Sciences
    • School of Education, Human Performance, Counseling, Psychology and Social Work
    • School of Liberal Arts
    • Graduate Studies

    Chadron State College supports distance education, including: bachelor’s degree completion programs, master’s degree programs, elective and general studies courses, and alternative teacher certificate courses. CSC Online offers courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students pay a flat rate of tuition for distance education programming, with no out-of-state tuition. 


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