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Take your teaching career to the next level with Shenandoah’s Master of Science in Education program.

Our comprehensive program will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to increase your marketability and value in the teaching profession.

The MSED Individual Focus Degree Program is well suited to students with highly individualized career or educational goals that are interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, international, general or specific.

  • Students in this program are very motivated, goal-oriented and self-directed learners who are carving their own pathways of knowledge within an advanced degree program.
  • Some students in this program are U.S. National Board Certified Teachers, fully licensed teachers, provisionally certified teachers, green card holders, or those on F-1 student visas.
  • Students accepted in this program meet with the faculty advisor to select the courses that meet their career or educational goals.
  • Because of the flexibility allowed in the 18-credit elective section of the Individual Focus program, students in health professions, political positions, coaching jobs and various administrative employments utilize this program to obtain the necessary educational coursework while gaining an advanced degree.
  • The 12-credit research core allows students to design action research projects to seek credible solutions for real on-the-job or situational problems.

What Our Program Offers You


What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

You’ll learn:

  • best practices in 21st century teaching and learning: planning, instruction , assessment (of and for learning), professionalism, relevant theory, integrating technology and pedagogy
  • data collection and analysis, data-driven teaching and learning decisions, formative assessment
  • how to communicate assessment outcomes to students, parents and other stakeholders

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Our program prepares you to comply with the new teacher evaluation system and teaches you to implement formative assessment that increase student responsibility for rate, amount and quality of learning. You’ll also utilize technology to gather, analyze and communicate data to stakeholders in relevant and meaningful ways.

What makes our program unique?

Take your career further by adding a Gifted Endorsement or by becoming a mentor or lead teacher. Update your teaching skills while pursuing National Board Certification (NBCT). Our flexible program offers options to fit your individual career path. You can even complete NBCT within a supportive, cohort environment with professors and other class members.

Did you know…

  • National Board Certified Teacher credentials are recognized across the country, and certification often commands a higher salary. 
  • Teachers who have earned Gifted Endorsements on their license have the opportunity to work with specialized populations, and often have fewer students in their classes and additional budgets for special expenditures. 
  • Teachers who become lead teachers or mentor teachers often have school leaders who support their continuing pathways to administrative positions.

Academic Opportunities

Students in the Professional Studies Certificate (PSC) programs can apply to be concurrently accepted into the MSED Individual Focus program or can do so after completing the PSC. These students would use 18 credits from the PSC as electives and then do the research core to complete the degree.


Course Requirements

Students in the Professional Studies Certificate (PSC) programs can apply to be concurrently accepted into the MSED Individual Focus program or can do so after completing the PSC. These students would use 18 credits from the PSC as electives and then do the research core to complete the degree.

Inquiry Core*

Course Title Hrs.
RST 671 Using Educational Measurement and Statistics  3
RST 672 Outcomes Assessment & Stats App. in Orgs.  3
EDU 585 Educational Technology Applications  3
EDU 647 Projects in Curriculum & Instruction  3
Total 12
Elective Credits 18
Total 30

* In addition to the 12 credit Inquiry Core, 18 advisor-approved elective credits must be completed in your area of study.