Gina Schultz, a first-grade teacher in Webb City, says she and the late Dr. Al Cade of the School of Education had an ongoing joke: He would ask if she had her master’s yet and she would reply she would start as soon as she could work on it at MSSU.

“He let me know on the night of the Teacher of the Year banquet that the graduate program would be available,” she remembers.

A member of the first cohort to work on the Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree, she received her degree at commencement in May.

“It has been fantastic,” Schultz says.

The master’s degree is now offered completely online. Students can take six hours per semester and finish 36 hours in six semesters, including two summers.

Dr. Maggie Beachner, coordinator of the teacher education graduate program, says Southern is in the process of revising the curriculum to make it more flexible.

“There will be fewer required courses, and more electives to let students customize the degree according to their own professional interests,” she says. “Students will be able to take graduate-level content courses to satisfy the 18 hour dual-credit teaching requirement.”

This fall, a new Master of Science in Educational Administration degree program will kick off. It will qualify graduates to register for the Missouri School Leader Performance Assessment (MoSLPA) and the Building-Level Administrator Missouri Content Assessment.

“Several of our graduate instructors are leaders in area schools who can offer real-world practical application opportunities,” Beachner says.  “The high standards we have implemented will help prepare our students to become exceptionally qualified.”


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