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Master of Science in Education

Program Overview

Specialize in Your Choice of Concentration

Develop best practices for PK-12 education by implementing applied and theoretical knowledge and skills. Focus on literacy (reading), special education, curriculum & instruction or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) while learning from faculty with advanced degrees in their specialties.

Develop best practices for PK-12 education by implementing applied and theoretical knowledge and skills. Focus on literacy (reading), special education, curriculum & instruction or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) while learning from faculty with advanced degrees in their specialties.

Program Highlights


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About the Master of Science in Education

Your Master of Science in Education from EOU will make you a strong competitor in the education industry by showing your desire for greater responsibility and bigger impact. You will gain advanced knowledge in research, curriculum analysis and development and teaching techniques. Our program allows you to specialize in one of the following concentrations: literacy, curriculum and instruction, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and special education. If you choose ESOL, literacy or special education for your concentration, those courses count toward licensure endorsements in the state of Oregon (Additional requirements may apply).

Electives can further customize your degree program for the career you want. Along with your chosen concentration, you will self-select six credits of electives from the M.S. program, which includes coursework in any concentration and additional offerings.

With your Master of Science in Education, you will be qualified for careers inside the classroom but also in career and curriculum coaching, consulting and curriculum-based administration positions that do not require an administrative license. With newly redesigned degree requirements, you can complete your online M.S. in education in as few as five quarters, moving at a pace that fits your life and goals.

Notes on endorsement and licensure:

  • This program can only recommend candidates for endorsements in the state of Oregon.
  • In order to be recommended an endorsement for ESOL, reading intervention or special education, you must already have an Oregon license because these are not initial licensure programs. 
  • If you are from another state, you can request that your home state verify your completion of this program. Your home state then determines whether or not to accept our program for your licensure.

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We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-805-5399 or complete the request for information form and we will be in touch.

Concentrations for Your Degree

To complete your online M.S. in education, choose between these concentrations to help you reach individualized goals. Additional concentrations are forthcoming.


Learn advanced techniques in teaching reading, writing and comprehension. With the proper electives plus your practicum, you can also pursue a Reading Intervention endorsement for enacting reading programs.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Second-language learners require specialized educational techniques. Deliver quality ESOL education based on language and cognition, sheltered instruction, linguistics and language acquisition. You can also pursue an ESOL endorsement.

Curriculum and Instruction

Prepare for any classroom circumstances while you build a repertoire of teaching techniques based on learning development and psychology.

Special Education

This concentration is only available to those who are fully admitted to the special education program and who intend to complete the full endorsement requirements. Courses in the special education program fulfill the concentration and elective credits in the M.S. degree.

Education Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The Master of Science in Education program requires 15 credits in the teacher-researcher core. You will learn techniques in quantitative and qualitative research methods, critically consume research and write a literature review to provide a foundation to plan, implement and report results from your M.S. research project.

Literacy Curriculum ESOL Curriculum Curriculum & Instruction Curriculum Special Education Curriculum

Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 12 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU.

Admission Requirements

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What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

Online Experience

The Value of an EOU Online Degree

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $16,794. The cost per credit hour for EOU online graduate courses is $466.50.

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Highlights

  • Update and expand your professional knowledge
  • Learn advanced, updated academic content
  • Have one-on-one coaching with your academic and faculty advisors
  • Develop theoretical and applied knowledge and skills
  • Prepare to pursue licensure endorsements, if desired (additional requirements may apply)

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that high school teachers make an annual median salary of $60,320.¹ Postsecondary teachers make an annual median salary of $78,470.² While high school teaching will experience a 4 percent growth in hiring through 2028, postsecondary teaching will grow 11 percent. Teaching, however, is just one of the many careers available with an online M.S. in education.

Often, a master’s degree will lead to a higher salary for curriculum consultants and other staff positions. According to the BLS, instructional coordinators who oversee curriculum make a median annual salary of $64,450.³ If you choose to pursue additional licensure for administrative positions, your salary could be higher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Yes, the program accepts a maximum of 12 transfer credits, which must be approved based on alignment to M.S. program requirements.

Yes. You are required to start with a concentration or electives (a minimum of six credits) before moving into the teacher-researcher core. You have flexibility in the number of courses you take in a term. As you plan, you are strongly encouraged to take the teacher-researcher core courses in your final four terms.

Continue teaching at the secondary and post-secondary level with enhanced knowledge and skills. You may also pursue a career as an: advanced instructional coach, lead teacher, academic specialist, curriculum coach, curriculum lead, district curriculum administrator or classroom curriculum consultant.

Firms, corporations or organizations employing graduates from our program include Pearson, Kendall Hunt Publishing, Pitsco Education, DEPCO LLC, Oregon Department of Education, multiple school districts, the InterMountain Education Service District in Oregon and more.

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¹High School Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

²Postsecondary Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

³Instructional Coordinators. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

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