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Degree Requirements

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Course Requirements

Theoretical Core Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Research Inquiry Core Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Five Elective Courses with Faculty Advisor Approval: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

  • College of Education Electives (8 quarter hours)
  • Non-College of Education Electives (12 quarter hours)           

Choose one: Thesis (MA) or Capstone (MEd):

  • Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirement Thesis Course: 4 quarter hours, grade of C or better required

The student prepares a thesis, which is a report of the results of an original investigation.  The student must first obtain approval of the subject and general plan from their Thesis Advisor, and have a research proposal approved by his/her thesis committee. The Thesis Advisor must be an EPSR faculty member (but not necessarily the originally assigned Faculty Advisor).  The College of Education Thesis Handbook outlines the policies and procedures needed to successfully satisfy the thesis requirement. The College of Education Thesis Handbook can be obtained from the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research office or on the College of Education website. 

Upon completion of all course work the student will work with a Capstone Advisor to discuss possible paper topics.  The Capstone Advisor must be an EPSR faculty member (and not necessarily the originally assigned Faculty Advisor).  The paper will generally consist of library-based research and will typically be 20-25 pages in length. 


Course Registration

Registration for SCFE Master’s degree core courses is different from regular registration.   The SCFE students are granted access to registration for SCFE core courses.  If a student has special circumstances and cannot register for all cores offered in a term, this must be discussed with and approved by that student’s SCFE faculty advisor prior to the start of the term.  Course registration for electives is the same as for all College of Education students.

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