Master of Science Education – Educational Studies (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study)

A customizable program for educators who want a course of study tailored to their personal career goals. Candidates develop expertise in one or two areas of education while retaining a broad focus on educational practice and systems.

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Master of Science Education – Educational Studies (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study)

At A Glance*

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Format

PART-TIME

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Location

BALTIMORE
COLUMBIA, MD
ONLINE

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Credits

33-39

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Start Term 

SUMMER
FALL
SPRING

 

 

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Completion Time

5 YEARS

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Application Deadline

ROLLING

*Information for students entering program for academic year 2020-2021

Application Requirements and Deadlines
Master of Science in Education: Educational Studies—Individualized Interdisciplinary & Independent Schools Options
Enrollment:Part-Time
Start Terms:Fall, Spring, Summer
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Requirements:
Online application form
Interdisciplinary Option - Prospective students planning on completing one or two graduate certificates as part of their program of study should apply for admission into the certificate(s) at the same time they apply to the master’s program. Please reference our application instructions for details on submitting your master's and certificate selections for this program of study.
$80.00 application fee

Resume/CV
Essay:A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper. The essay for admission into the two-certificate pathway must address how the certificates will work together to foster the prospective student's future plans; and admission to the master’s program is contingent upon admission to the two certificates. Students interested in the two-certificate pathway must apply for admission into the master’s program before starting the second certificate.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
A pre-admission interview is required.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

Master's Degree and Certificate Programs
Part-Time & Full-Time Graduate (face-to-face/lecture courses)$793 per credit
Online courses
**In addition, a $15 per credit technology fee will be assessed.
$840 per credit**
Full-Time Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling (Fellows)$840 per credit
MEd Education in the Health Professions & Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs$1,230 per credit*
*Classes in the Master of Education in the Health Professions (MEHP) or Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Teaching in the Health Professions programs are $1,230 per credit, with the exception of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System employees, who pay $700 per credit.
MS in Education (International Teaching and Global Learning)$45,000 per academic year
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I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity to be in the presence of some of the best researchers and clinicians in the world. Now when I practice my skills in the real world, I feel like I am channeling the lessons and skills of different teachers.

 

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Master of Science Education – Educational Studies (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study)

Program Description

The Individualized Interdisciplinary Option is a customized program for educators who want a personalized course of study reflecting their career goals. Candidates develop expertise in one or two areas of education while retaining a broad focus on educational practice and systems.

There are two paths to a degree. The first involves a common core of courses: Advanced Instructional Strategies, Action Research for School Improvement, and Seminar in Teacher Leadership. That core is then complemented by a 15- to 18-credit graduate certificate program of the student’s choice, plus nine credits of electives.

The second path allows the student to combine at least two of nine graduate certificates (see Related Programs) into a master’s degree. After the certificate courses, students complete the capstone course, Seminar in Teacher Leadership, in their final semester to align the certificates.

Students can complete the certificates consecutively or concurrently, but must apply for the master’s and the certificates at the same time. All requirements must be completed within five years.

Master of Science Education – Educational Studies (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study)

CORE FACULTY

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ERIC RICE

Master of Science Education – Educational Studies (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study)

PROGRAM PLAN

There are two pathways for completing the degree requirements. One pathway allows educators to undertake in-depth study in a particular area of specialization. The second pathway allows students to combine two graduate certificates into a master’s degree to meet their professional development goals.

Prospective students planning to apply to the individualized, interdisciplinary MS Ed Studies program option should consult with a program adviser about which pathway best meets their needs before they apply. Prospective students planning on completing one or two graduate certificates as part of their program of study should apply for admission into the certificate(s) at the same time they apply to the master’s program. As part of the application process, applicants must write an essay describing how the program will contribute toward their future plans. The essay for admission into the two-certificate pathway must address how the certificates will work together to foster the prospective student’s future plans, and admission to the master’s program is contingent upon admission to the two certificates. Students interested in the two-certificate pathway must apply for admission into the master’s program before starting the second certificate.

Pathway 1

This pathway requires the following common core of courses:

881.622 Advanced Instructional Strategies*

881.611 Action Research for School Improvement

855.610 Seminar in Teacher Leadership

*Note: Students may be allowed to take an alternative course as a substitute, including online options, subject to faculty adviser approval.

The remainder of the program includes a 15- to 18-credit specialization (almost always a graduate certificate) and 6–9 credits of electives designed in consultation with a faculty adviser. The combination of the core courses and the electives allows students who choose this pathway to be exposed to several areas of education outside their main specialization.

Pathway 2

The second pathway offers students to combine two graduate certificates (15–18 credits each) into a master’s degree. For example, educators interested in leading schools in an urban environment could combine

  • Urban Education
  • School Administration and Supervision

Those interested in leadership roles inside the classroom might combine

  • School Administration and Supervision
  • Leadership in Technology Integration

Students then take the Seminar in Teacher Leadership course, a capstone course that includes an independent project tying together the two certificates, to complete the Master in Education -Educational Studies. This pathway allows a student to study in depth two areas of educational theory and practice. Students pursuing this pathway are advised to consult with their faculty adviser about the timing of the two certificates.

*Note: Students will not receive a diploma for successful completion of the coursework comprising a certificate program if they have not first applied to and been admitted into that same certificate program.

Course Information

Course descriptions, locations, and availability

Master of Science Education – Educational Studies (Individualized Interdisciplinary Program of Study)

WHAT TO EXPECT

Goals

The goal of this program is to allow students to develop expertise in one or two areas of education while also retaining a broad focus on educational practice and systems. This program option is intended for teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals who already possess certification in their field or who do not require certification.

Student outcomes

Student outcomes depend upon the pathway chosen, but all students who complete the program will:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of at least one area of education.
  • Increase their awareness of the breadth of work in education, either through a second area of specialization or through core educational coursework.
  • Complete an independent project in their area(s) of concentration in the capstone course, the Seminar in Teacher Leadership. (Examples include a research project, an action plan, or a professional development plan.)