Master of Science in Education


Educators change the world one child at a time.

Teachers holding initial licensure will expand their knowledge of 21st-century education and boost their ability to deliver effective classroom instruction.

Through practical assignments linked to current teaching positions, candidates will be able to apply immediately what is taught – and get course credit for it. Throughout the entire course of study, participants will demonstrate planning, analytical and critical thinking skills as well as practice the principles of servant leadership.

Upon successful completion of one of the licensure tracks within the program, candidates qualify for a recommendation to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for advanced level (M) licensure.

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With classes offered online, this program is ideal for working professionals.


The Master of Science in Education degree at Pfeiffer University requires 34 credit hours. Candidates will complete the professional core and one specialized concentration.

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
  • EDUC 659 Clinical Experience and Professional Developmental Seminar

Choose One Contemporary Issues Course:

  • SPED 646 Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • EDUC 616 Contemporary Issues in Elem. Education
  • STEM 607 Contemporary Issues in STEM Education

Choose Four Spec. (Content & Technology) Courses

  • SPED 643 Integrating Tech to Support Learners
  • SPED 644 Consultation and Collaboration
  • SPED 648 Diagnostic and Correct. Mathematics
  • EDUC 656 Diagnostic and Correct. Reading
  • STEM 601 Using Tech to Enhance STEM Education
  • STEM 603 Science and Engineer in Inquiry Settings
  • STEM 605 Math as an Interdisciplinary Topic
  • EDUC 668 Problem-Based Learning in Class
  • EDUC 603 Technology for 21st Century Classrooms
  • EDUC 657 Integrating the Curriculum through Science and Social Studies
  • EDUC 680 Supervision for Learning and Teacher Evaluation
  • EDUC 690 Practicum in Supervision

Other electives selected in consultation with the program advisor.

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.
  • 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:

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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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