Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
This degree program is designed for teachers seeking advanced academic qualifications, for those attempting to meet the requirements for initial licensure in school services personnel and in administration and supervision, and for those wishing to undertake a degree program at the beginning graduate level.
The college offers both thesis and non-thesis options for the MS in Education degree. Both programs require a minimum of 15 graduate-level credit hours in education at Purdue. The nonthesis options stipulates a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate courses, with most programs specifying 33 or more hours. Students desiring to pursue a Ph.D. degree are strongly encouraged to select a thesis-option master’s program.
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Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
This program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate preparation in addition to the 30 credit hours earned in a typical master’s degree, with one primary area and two or more related areas. One related area must be outside of the primary area.
Candidates must satisfactorily complete an approved research project. At least 15 credit hours for this degree must be earned on the West Lafayette campus. Admission to the program requires prior completion of a master’s degree. The degree is a terminal degree and is not intended as an intermediate step between the master’s and doctoral degrees. Details of the program may be obtained from the faculty offering the program.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The doctoral program is research-oriented and requires a dissertation. The program typically consists of a minimum of 45 to 50 credit hours of graduate courses, plus 10-15 hours of dissertation research work. The doctoral plan of study reflects a total of 60 hours of graduate credits beyond a completed master’s degree.
The primary area of study will include both foundational and specialized education courses. All doctoral programs must include advanced graduate courses in statistics and one advanced course in basic research methodology, as well as courses in the student’s chosen area of specialization.