Education (MSE)

Educators change the world one child at a time.

The Master of Science in Education (MSE) program is designed for teachers with an initial license. In addition to helping you master content to design and deliver instruction more effectively, our program includes a framework to support your desire to grow as a servant leader. Faculty members are highly qualified, actively engaged in education and work regularly in schools and with students.
The program's cohort model allows you to work and learn with the same classmates, networking and building a community you can rely on for years. You'll choose one of three areas of concentration (elementary, STEM or special education), where you'll demonstrate your ability to analyze, plan and think critically in each course and a culminating experience.

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The MSE program, in the Division of Education, is available online.


The MSE curriculum is a 34-semester hour (SH) program for teachers with an elementary license looking to refine the ability to design and deliver effective instruction. Our instructors teach using a conceptual framework model, which you can learn more about here.

Core Courses

  • EDUC 606 Curriculum and Instruction as Tools for Transformation
  • EDUC 660 Research and Assessment
  • EDUC 661 Instructional Leadership for Diverse Settings
  • EDUC 655 School Law and Professional Ethics
  • EDUC 663 Comprehensive Examination
  • EDUC 614 Master's Project

Concentration - Elementary Education (advanced licensure program - K-6)

  • EDUC 603 Technology for the 21st Century Classroom    
  • SPED 648 Diagnostic and Corrective Mathematics
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  • STEM 605 Mathematics as an Interdisciplinary Topic
  • EDUC 616 Contemporary Issues in Elementary Education
  • EDUC 656 Diagnostic & Corrective Reading
  • EDUC 657 Integrating the Curriculum through Science and Social Studies
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  • EDUC 668 Problem-Based Learning in Classrooms and Schools
  • EDUC 659 Clinical Experience and Professional Development Seminar

Concentration - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

  • STEM 601 Using Technology to Enhance STEM Education    
  • STEM 603 Science and Engineering in Inquiry Settings
  • STEM 605 Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Topic
  • STEM 607 Issues and Trends in STEM Education
  • EDUC 668 Problem-Based Learning in Classrooms and Schools
  • EDUC 659 Clinical Experience and Professional Development Seminar

Concentration - Special Education (advanced licensure program - general curriculum)

  • SPED 643 Integrating Technology to Support Learners with Special Needs    
  • SPED 644 Consultation and Collaboration in Case Management
  • SPED 646 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Special Education
  • SPED 648 Diagnostic and Corrective Mathematics
  • EDUC 656 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading
  • EDUC 659 Clinical Experience and Professional Development Seminar

    For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates seeking admission to the Master of Science in elementary education (MSE) program at Pfeiffer University should submit the following materials for review:

    • A completed Pfeiffer University graduate application for admission.
    • All official college and university transcripts including transcript indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
    • An acceptable score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years
    • Three recommendations
    • An essay responding to the Division of Education essay prompt
    • A copy of your teaching license
    • Evidence of teaching experience

    Teacher Education Performance Data

    Pfeiffer University has a 93 percent job placement rate and is respected for the quality of classroom preparation provided through our interactive program. To learn more, review our teacher education performance data reports:

    Division of Education Information

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    Tuition & Fees

    Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities


    Already working as an elementary school teacher? Want to further your skills? Get your master’s degree to improve your job prospects. Open doors to a promising future in education with your MSE!

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