College of Education & Human Services

Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Educational Studies

Program Overview

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  • Our program allows you the flexibility to design a course of study to meet your personal and professional goals and complete it at your own pace.
  • We offer two options within the program:
    • Professional Education
    • Language, Culture, and Education



Step 1 - Application for admittance to the Western Illinois School of Graduate Studies

To seek admission, you must formally apply to the School of Graduate Studies declaring Educational Studies as your area of study. You must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and have a minimum cumulative GPA for all undergraduate work of 2.75. You will need to submit your official transcripts. The Program Coordinator will contact you for an interview once your application is complete. 

Please contact Dr. Carla Paciotto with any questions about the program or the application process.

Graduate Degree Plans

The 33 hour M.S. Ed. requires that all learners complete 21 semester hours of core coursework offered by the program as specified by the your selected option: Professional Education or Language, Culture and Education. The options are intended to serve as the basic framework for a program of study. Substitutions of coursework will only be permitted with the approval of your advisor.

After completing 9-15 hours of coursework, you will meet with the ES Graduate Advisor to complete the required degree plan form, which will list all courses you will take to complete the ES degree. As part of this discussion, you will decide which culminating project option best fits with your educational objectives, either a thesis, or a portfolion option. 

  • if you choose thesis, you will select an ES faculty member to serve as your thesis chair. If they argree, you will include their name on the degree plan.
    • if student chooses portfolio, you will take an additional three credit hours of electives, to be approved by the ES Advisor. 

Culminating Project Guidelines and Approval Forms