Personalized, career-focused education on campus or online.
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
Each concentration has specific objectives. The overall outcomes for the online MSEd program are as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The online Master of Science in Education program will meet many states' professional requirements for "alternate route" secondary certification. We would be glad to work with your state's certification office to see if the alternative pathway is an option. You may
work to fulfill Maine's alternative route. Many states allow for certification reciprocity.
Available courses to fulfill the alternative route for Maine 7-12 teaching certification:
In addition, alternative route applicants in Maine need to hold a bachelor’s degree, earned 24 credit hours of post-secondary course work in the endorsement area, pass 3 Praxis exams, and complete a background check. The Praxis Principles of Learning and
Teaching (PLT) exam is required in Maine for the alternative pathway for certification as it is in many other states. Visit the
Praxis website for more information.
Both the School Leadership Degree concentration and the School Leadership graduate certificate are guided by the
Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC). These standards are built into the online master’s degree courses at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. The School Leadership Internship (ED 580) specifically addresses each of the ISLLC standards in a practical, professional, and applied manner.
Undergraduate education students have the option to Fast Track to their MSEd. As an undergraduate you can earn graduate credits by taking our hybrid ED 555 course.
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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.”
“I didn’t know how applicable the courses in organization, planning, and leadership would be for me. But all of the papers and topics I could customize for my school. I’ve been teaching 18 years now and there is a definite correlation between level of education achieved and opportunity.”
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.
must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence,
and motivate students, as well as understand students' educational
and emotional needs.
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.
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.
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
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 & Training and Health Care Educator. The focus of these two
programs is directed at adult learners. Neither of these programs requires
North Carolina Applicants: North Carolina students seeking administration
certification must select electives from courses recommended for the school
leadership concentration in the Saint Joseph's College academic
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