Master of Science in Education

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

The Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) program is for candidates wishing to continue their professional education. The M.S. Ed. program is designed for candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking to advance in the field of education. There are three (3) options within the degree program, with the candidates selecting one specific area in which to specialize. These areas are:

  • Option I – School Counseling
  • Option II – Building Level Administration
  • Option III – Curriculum & Instruction
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School Counseling Concentration

The 48-credit curriculum Master of Science in Education – School Counseling will include a range of required courses on relevant, critical topics identified in the CACREP Standards for School Counselors. This program will apply Indiana’s Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA 3) standards, IDOE – School Counselor Standards, and ASCA-CAEP SPA to prepare candidates to pass Indiana’s CORE School Counseling Assessment. Additionally, this program will prepare candidates to pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE). The clinical experience will include two (2) internship courses totally 700 hours of supervised internship experience to prepare graduates to gain practical knowledge and to gain an advanced K-12 license in school counseling. For the master’s thesis, school counseling candidates will research, create, and deliver special programs or curriculum on topics that can make an impact. Pertinent topics such as, abuse, divorce, bullying, drugs and alcohol, suicide, and family issues. Oakland City University has received wide-spread support from southern Indiana school corporations. (Licensure Program)


  • Theories/Techniques School Counseling I and II (CES 500* and CES 501*)
  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling (CES 505)
  • Group Counseling (CES 525)
  • Counseling Practicum (CES 555*)
  • Career Guidance Counseling (CES 610)
  • School Counseling Comprehensive Exam (CES 615*)
  • Data Analysis for School Counseling Improvement (CES 620)
  • Counseling Research (CES 631*)
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents (CES 640)
  • Supervision of Counseling Programs & Legal Issues (CES 650)
  • Current Critical Issues in CES (CES 660)
  • Collaborative School Leadership (CES 670)
  • Applied Neuroscience (CES 675)
  • Counselor Education and Social Justice (CES 680)
  • Counselling Internship I and II (CES 698* and CES 699*)

*CAEP Key Assessment Courses

Academic Support (Optional)

School Counselor Indiana Praxis Assessment Preparation (CES 611) course is a comprehensive review designed to assist school counseling students prepare for the Praxis School Counselor (5421) licensing exam. This course must be taken (and passed) in the semester immediately preceding the internship courses (CES 698 and CES 699). This course is Pass/Fail course

Building Level Administration

The Master of Science (M.S. Ed.) Building Level Administration (BLA) program is for the teacher wishing to continue their professional development in the educational environment. The Building Level Administration licensure program is designed for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a teaching field and hold a current teaching license. This degree is for those who are seeking advanced study and administrative licensure. It is designed to be an induction model for new principals and a continuing professional education model for experienced educators who seek additional skills, dispositions, and knowledge outside their content area.


  • Principalship (EDUC 553*)
  • School Finance (EDUC 576)
  • Curriculum & Assessment Leadership (EDUC 678*)
  • Supervision of Instruction & Personnel (EDUC 685)
  • Legal Issues in Education (EDUC 695)
  • Supervision of School Counselors (CES 650)
  • Master’s Thesis I and II (EDUC 630* and EDUC 631*)
  • Internship I and Internship II (EDUC 698* and EDUC 699*)

Electives (Must select 2 courses)

  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling (CES 505)
  • Career Guidance Counseling (CES 610)
  • Collaborative School Leadership (CES 670)
  • Counselor Education and Social Justice (CES 680)
Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Science in Education Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) is designed for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a teaching field. It is intended to be a professionalizing model for practicing teachers, as well as those aspiring to teach at the college level. This program does not lead to licensure.


  • Critical Issues in Curriculum and Instruction (CI 615)
  • Technology and Tools for Curriculum and Instruction (CI 635)
  • Curriculum Leadership and Design (CI 676)
  • Universal Teaching Methods (CI 677)
  • Assessment of Curriculum and Instruction (CI 680)
  • Supervision of School Counselors (CES 650)
  • Culturally Responsive Instruction for the 21st Century (EDUC 610*)
  • Supervision of Instruction and Personnel (EDUC 685)
  • Legal Issues in Education (EDUC 695)
  • Master’s Thesis (EDUC 630* and EDUC 631*)

*CAEP Key Assessment Course


  • A bachelor’s and master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 (B-) or better (based on a 4.0 grading system)
  • Valid teaching license
  • A letter of recommendation from applicant’s building principal or superintendent including documentation/description of a record of a minimum of two (2) years of successful teaching in education
  • Current resume reflecting work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background
  • Official transcript for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Completed Graduate Application
  • Completed Concentration Declaration

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