Master of Science in Education

  • Overview

    This online graduate education programs enable teachers and administrators to expand their career opportunities in four distinct areas: public K-12 schools, Catholic schools, health care education, and adult training.

    Engage in a quality learning experience personalized by professional faculty. The faculty, who have practical experience in education, work individually with you as partners in your learning. Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting. Courses are available to both students seeking the desired master's degrees or those fulfilling or renewing certification requirements.

    At a Glance

    • The flexible online format allows you to study at your own schedule, at your own pace and at your own location.
    • Begin right now; there is no need to wait for a new semester. With monthly start dates, you are in control of your education.
    • No on-campus residency is required.
    • The tuition in this MSEd program is specifically designed with personal and school department budgets in mind. Affordable education for all is a founding principal of the Sisters of Mercy, sponsors of Saint Joseph's College. We are proud to bring you a reasonably priced, high quality graduate education.
  • Curriculum

    Each concentration has specific objectives. The overall outcomes for the online MSEd program are as follows:

    • Gain Knowledge and Skills in the Education Profession
    • Engage in Reflective Practice
    • Think Critically
    • Write with Clarity

    School Educator – 33 credits

    This specialization provides all the tools necessary for a practicing educator to become even more successful or for anyone who desires to become a practicing educator. This highly praised degree program is in-depth, current, and has a faculty of practicing professionals who become partners with all students on their journey towards their master's degree. This program is accredited, affordable, flexible, professional, and very personal. This School Educator specialization does not result in initial teacher certification but components of this concentration may be used to meet Maine's "alternate route" requirements for professional certification, which are similar to those of a number of other states.
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    Catholic School Leadership – 36 credits.

    The Catholic school principal is both the spiritual leader of the school as well as the educational leader. The Catholic School Leadership degree concentration is focused on these dedicated educators working within K-12 Catholic schools throughout the country and beyond who desire to move towards supervisory roles such as vice principal, principal, headmistress, headmaster, dean, president, or similar leadership positions. This degree is also designed for current school leaders within the Catholic school system who wish to upgrade their skills or for principals from public schools who are moving into the rewarding Catholic school setting.
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    School Leadership – 36 credits

    Designed for Principals, Headmasters, Teacher-Leaders, and many other leadership positions in education, this degree satisfies many states' requirements for building administrator certification. A highlight of this degree concentration is the School Leader Internship which provides students with an opportunity to intern in an educational setting under the supervision of a mentor. The standards of the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) frame this degree.
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    Health Care Educator – 33 credits

    This specialization is for professionals in allied health fields who wish to educate the public, provide in-service training at their workplaces, or teach in allied health departments in community colleges. This degree specialization provides one of the few professional online allied health care education master's degree programs in the country, reflecting the college's history of preparation in both the health care and education fields.
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    Adult Education & Training – 33 credits

    This program is a practitioner-oriented master's degree specialization using proven adult learning and human resource training methodologies for individuals interested in working with adults in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, adult education programs, coaching, community college instruction, corporate training, incarceration education, and performance consulting. Students select one of the core values of Saint Joseph’s College as a guiding principle for their unique degree program, and then choose a major project in adult education or human resource training that is useful in their workplace.
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  • Some of our faculty

    • Dr. Suzan J. Nelson

      Director, Online Education Program

      EdD, Walden University

      CAS, University of Southern Maine

      MS, University of Maine at Orono

      BA, University of Maine at Orono

    • Richard Willis

      PhD, Stanford University

      MEd, University of Maine

      BA, Yale University

    • Thomas M. Hancock

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University

      MS, New Hampshire College

      BS, Husson College

    Dr. Suzan J. Nelson

    Director, Online Education Program

    EdD, Walden University

    CAS, University of Southern Maine

    MS, University of Maine at Orono

    BA, University of Maine at Orono

    Richard Willis

    PhD, Stanford University

    MEd, University of Maine

    BA, Yale University

    Thomas M. Hancock

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University

    MS, New Hampshire College

    BS, Husson College

  • Student Stories

    • Danielle Johnson '10 (B.S), '13 (MS.Ed.), Standish, Maine

      The College faculty were amazing and supportive. Each faculty member supported me throughout the class. When I was doing my final research project, my reader was very helpful, checking in periodically to ask if I need assistance and was doing OK in my research.

    • Sheri Weidman, Annville, Pennsylvania

      "Your life experience and a desire to learn are favorable advantages to achieving a Master's Degree in Education at Saint Joseph's College. Each course is masterfully designed by scholarly yet affable professors. Your educational journey at Saint Joseph's College will be intellectually stimulating, personally gratifying, and continually transforming."

    • Stuart Rubio, Major U.S. Air Force, Sherwood, Arkansas

      "Because of my "non-standard" teaching background, I was looking for a program that would apply to all education, not just the standard classroom. The MSEd program at Saint Joseph's College is exactly that. Every single professor I have had has allowed me to apply the course content to my current teaching situation. It has made for much deeper learning."

  • Career Moves

    Public school teachers must be licensed, which typically requires a bachelor's degree and the completion of an approved teacher education program; private school teachers do not have to be licensed but may still need a bachelor's degree.

    Many states offer alternative licensing programs to attract people into teaching, especially for hard-to-fill positions.

    Teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand students' educational and emotional needs.

    Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education, and in less desirable urban or rural school districts.

  • State Information

    Kentucky Applicants: The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board does not approve the Master of Science in Education programs for K-12 licensure for students in their state in the following concentrations: Educator, School Leadership, and Catholic School Leadership. Students from Kentucky should not enroll in these programs if they are seeking licensure.

    Louisiana Applicants: Section 305 of Louisiana’s Academic Program Standards does not approve the Master of Science in Education programs for K-12 licensure for students in their state. Students from Louisiana should not enroll in these programs if they are seeking licensure.

    Massachusetts Applicants: Massachusetts students in the MSEs Program seeking initial certification should contact the Massachusetts Department of Education for possible additional requirements beyond those fulfilled with the completion of the master's degree from Saint Joseph's College.

    Ohio Applicants: The Ohio Educator Standards Board does not approve the Master of Science in Education programs for K-12 licensure for students in their state in the following concentrations: Educator, School Leadership, and Catholic School Leadership. Students from Ohio should not enroll in these programs if they are seeking licensure.

    Students from Ohio may enroll in the following Master of Science in Education programs in the following concentrations: Adult Education and Training and Health Care Educator. The focus of these two programs is directed at adult learners. Neither of these programs requires post-degree licensure.