Students in all majors who are working towards their Master of Science in Education must apply for a Masters degree. This program is designed to give students an advanced education that can prepare them for careers such as teaching, counseling, or administrative positions at colleges and universities. The courses covered will vary depending on the school, but typically will include Introduction to Teaching, Introduction to Educational Theory, General Education, History of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Social Issues in School Systems, and Policy Issues in Education.
A student who is interested in pursuing a Masters degree will need to first have an undergraduate degree. After that, he or she must be accepted into a specific school. These schools vary depending on each institution, but some general requirements exist. These include a major that has been chosen well, a background in a specific subject, and a solid GPA and SAT score.
There are four different ways a student can earn his or her Masters degree. First, he or she may choose to enroll in a Master's program through a school or university that offers this program, which can usually be completed in five years. In this case, the student will have to continue with his or her undergraduate degree while completing the required coursework.
Another option is to pursue graduate school on one's own. For most students, this means enrolling into a school that has its own Master's program. Once in this program, a student will need to complete the requirements of his or her Master's program. He or she will also have to continue to complete his or her bachelor's degree while pursuing the graduate program.
There are also universities that offer online Masters programs, but the requirements for these programs are different from those for traditional degrees. While students who are interested in pursuing an online Master's program will need to maintain a bachelor's degree, these programs do not offer the same academic benefits as traditional degrees. A student should also be aware of other requirements, such as financial aid, that might be required to attend the online school and still pay for his or her tuition.
Students need to consider the number of hours they want to study, the time they will spend in school, their intended career path, and their own personal situation when making a decision about whether to pursue a Masters degree or other programs. Those who have already decided on their future career direction will probably feel more confident in pursuing this degree as . . . . . . well.