Master of Education - Program Options

Whether you want to start a new teaching career or advance in your current position, our Master of Education degree can get you there. Our program offers certification in elementarysecondary, or special education. We also offer an educational studies option for those who already have a teaching certificate or do not need a certificate.

You'll be happy to know that Rockhurst's M.Ed. program is ranked No. 11 in the nation for teacher certification according to graduateprograms.com's spring 2015 student survey results.

Rockhurst is the only university in the Kansas City area where you can pursue certification in elementary education while you earn your master’s degree. Here, we develop educational leaders—teachers who are actively engaged in educational matters as reflective practitioners. Through rigorous coursework and varied field experiences, you will acquire a deep understanding of, and special sensitivity to, the challenges and rewards of teaching in K-12 schools.


Accelerated Program 

Depending on the credit hours you need and how many hours you take each semester, you may complete the secondary education M.Ed. program within one year. The elementary program may be completed in 18 months. Classes are held in the evening, with start-dates in the fall, spring or either summer semesters. 


Elementary Certification 

Our Master of Education in elementary certification is designed for those interested in teaching in the 1-6 grade levels. You will be well equipped to lead these young learners.

Course Requirements

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6501 Curriculum Methods and Assessment I: Teaching Science, Mathematics, and Health in Grades One through Six, 4 credit hours
ED 6502 Curriculum Methods and Assessment II: Integrating Language Arts, Social Studies, and Children’s Literature in Grades One through Six, 4 credit hours
ED 6503 Elementary Math Methods, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7710 Integrating Arts Instruction into the Core Curriculum, 3 credit hours
ED 7760 Literacy Practicum, 3 credit hours
ED 7800 Graduate Student Teaching in the Elementary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours


Secondary Certification

Our Master of Education in secondary certification is designed for those interested in teaching at the 9-12 grade levels. Choose from the following certifications:

Biology

Course Requirements:

History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 3 credit hours

Biology, 20 credit hours including:

  • Cell Biology
  • Plant Form and Function
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Biology Electives

Science, 12 additional credit hours including:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6260 Teaching Middle and Secondary School Science, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours

Business

Course Requirements

  • Implementing Business Education Programs, 3 credit hours
  • Coordination of Cooperative Education, 3 credit hours
  • Accounting, 6 credit hours
  • Economics, 6 credit hours
  • Business/Consumer Related Law, 3 credit hours
  • Business Communications, 3 credit hours
  • Management, 3 credit hours
  • Marketing, 3 credit hours
  • Computer/Emerging Technologies, 6 credit hours
  • Business Electives, 3 credit hours

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6660 Teaching Secondary Business, 3 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours

Chemistry

Course Requirements:

History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 3 credit hours
Chemistry, 20 credit hours including:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry Electives

Science, 12 additional credit hours including:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6260 Teaching Middle and Secondary School Science, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours 

English

Course Requirements:

Composition and Rhetoric, 9 credit hours
English or World Literature, 6 credit hours
American Literature, one course including ethnic literature and one course including adolescent literature, 6 credit hours
History of the English Language, 3 credit hours
Grammar/Usage, 3 credit hours
Teaching of Writing, 3 credit hours
English Elective, 3 credit hours

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6460 Teaching Middle and Secondary School English, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours

French (K-12)

Course Requirements:

French courses, 30 credit hours

  • 15 hours must be upper division
  • 6 hours maximum in culture/history

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6560 Teaching Foreign Language, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours

Mathematics

Course Requirements:

Calculus and Analytical Geometry, 9 credit hours
Algebraic Structures, 3 credit hours
Geometry, 3 credit hours
Computer Science, 3 credit hours
Mathematics Electives from the above, 6 credit hours

Mathematics, 12 credit hours including at least three areas

  • History of Mathematics
  • Structure of the Real Number System
  • Number Theory
  • Completion of Calculus Sequence
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Linear Algebra
     

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6160 Teaching Middle and Secondary School Mathematics, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours 

Physics

Course Requirements:

History and Philosophy of Science, 3 credit hours
Physics, 20 credit hours including

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Heat, Sound, and Light
  • Atomic or Modern Physics
  • Physics Electives

Science, 12 credit hours including

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6260 Teaching Middle and Secondary School Science, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours 

Social Science

Course Requirements:

Behavioral Science including anthropology, psychology, and/or sociology, 6 credit hours
Economics, 3 credit hours
Geography, 3 credit hours
Political Science; State and United States Government, 6 credit hours
United States History, 12 credit hours
World History, 9 credit hours

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6360 Teaching Middle and Secondary School Social Studies, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours

Spanish (K-12)

Course Requirements:

Spanish courses, 30 credit hours

  • 15 hours must be upper division
  • 6 hours maximum in culture/history

ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education:  Applications and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6500 Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment in Secondary Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6560 Teaching Foreign Language, 3 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Readers, 3 credit hours
ED 7850 Graduate Student Teaching in the Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours


Special Education Certification, Grades K-12

To address the growing need to offer services for children with learning disabilities, the department offers a Master of Education degree with an initial certification in special education for grades K-12. Students will complete a minimum of 62 credit hours in education courses within this program.

Course Requirements

ED 6005 Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement, 3 credit hours
ED 6010 Foundations of Education, 2 credit hours
ED 6020 Fundamentals of Literacy Learning, 3 credit hours
ED 6030 Technology and Education: Application and Implications, 3 credit hours
ED 6055 Social and Affective Interventions, 3 credit hours
ED 6060 Counseling Techniques and Family Advocacy, 2 credit hours
ED 6070 Language Development of Students with Exceptionalities, 3 credit hours
ED 6080 Educational Methods in Mild/Moderate/Cross Categorical Disabilities, 4 credit hours
ED 6090 Specialized Instruction Strategies Across the Curriculum for Special Educators, 3 credit hours
ED 6150 Field Experiences and Action Research, 3 credit hours
ED 6400 Advanced Psychological Foundations, 3 credit hours
ED 6450 Foundations of Special Education, 3 credit hours
ED 6501 Curriculum Methods and Assessment I: Teaching Science, Mathematics, and Health in Grades One through Six, 4 credit hours
ED 6502 Curriculum Methods and Assessment II: Integrating Language Arts, Social Studies, and Children’s Literature in Grades One through Six, 4 credit hours
ED 6620 Foundations of Classroom Management, 2 credit hours
ED 6700 Methods of Assessment and Instruction for Remedial Reading, 3 credit hours
ED 7800 or ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching in the Elementary or Secondary School, 9 credit hours
ED 7900 Graduate Student Teaching Seminar, 3 credit hours

Through six special education courses that complement our M.Ed. curriculum, our program will prepare you to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of students with disabilities
  • Develop a prescriptive plan for these students
  • Apply research-validated practices to classroom and individual behavior management
  • Diagnose and remediate a student's academic learning needs
  • Counsel parents, caregivers and families of students with special needs
     


Master of Education in Educational Studies

Our Master of Education in educational studies is designed for those who already have a teaching certificate or do not need a certificate. This program is ideal for teachers looking to advance in their current position, educators in community organizations, homeschooling parents and others. View our course completion form. Courses are tailored to each student's needs and interests. The M.Ed. in educational studies culminates with a service learning capstone designed by the student. Read on for more information on educational studies.

Questions?

Contact the Cheryl L. Hooper, Director of Graduate Admission at Cheryl.Hooper@Rockhurst.edu or 816-501-4097.