Mary Bowser, Professor of Education
Bowman Building, Office 111; (540) 545-7277; [email protected]
The Master of Science in Education: Emphasis in Teaching concentration is designed for licensed teachers who wish to prepare for graduate study. Through advanced coursework and research, the programs help teachers develop in such areas as planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism through the application of relevant theory, best practices and appropriate pedagogy. The program is designed to facilitate success in the pursuit of National Board Certification (NBPTS). Cohorts are accommodated, as well as individuals. The Gifted Education Concentration is designed to meet Virginia Licensure Regulations for the add-on endorsement in Gifted Education, K-12.
New cohorts are established annually. Shenandoah University supports study at the masters level through a substantial tuition fellowship for Graduate Education students. Students not currently employed in a school system must undergo a Criminal Background Check in order to complete field placements required by this program.
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree and current teaching credentials (domestic or international) prior to admission to the program. International applicants must meet Shenandoah University admissions and language certification requirements. Applicants for graduate degrees in education are required to submit satisfactory grades in prior undergraduate coursework. For further information, contact the School of Education and Leadership.
The degree requirement is the completion of a 30 semester hour program (see below) with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Requirements include the 12 credit inquiry core, plus appropriate coursework as outlined below. This Master of Science in Education program is a student-oriented and problem-centered program that addresses the inquiry drive aspect of the School of Education and Leadership mission statement by offering a series of courses designed to explore topics in courses that guide teachers’ professional development, provide insights for solving issues they will encounter and present mentor-teacher and teacher-leader strategies for improving student achievement and faculty effectiveness.