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Master of Science in Education

Specialize in Your Choice of Concentration

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

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  • Duration 1.5-3 years
  • Cost per Credit $487.50
  • Credit Hours 36-37

Program Benefits

  • 6 Specialized Concentrations
  • Endorsement Preparation
  • Develop PK-12 Education Best Practices
  • One-on-One Faculty Advisement

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: curriculum leadership, dyslexia, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), literacy, special education, or trauma in educational communities. If you choose ESOL, literacy, special education, or trauma in educational communities for your concentration, those courses count toward licensure endorsements/specializations 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. The MS program was designed for, but not restricted to, people who earned their teaching license through a Bachelor’s degree program and now want to add a master’s degree to their credentials.

Notes on endorsement and specialization:

  • This program can only recommend candidates for endorsements in the state of Oregon.
  • In order to be recommended for an endorsement for ESOL, reading intervention or special education or a specialization in trauma in educational communities, 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.

Concentrations for Your Degree

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

Curriculum Leadership

Develop skills to provide effective curriculum leadership, including mentoring PK-12 professionals by building upon the foundation of initial teacher preparation and classroom experience.

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.

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.


Develop the knowledge and skills to identify, assess, and provide intervention for children at-risk for dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Note: One intake per year.


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.

Trauma in Educational Communities

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective, trauma-informed classrooms and educational communities.

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.

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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. The MS program coordinator reviews transfer coursework requests for alignment to program and potential approval.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
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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

Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $17,550. The cost per credit hour for EOU online graduate courses is $487.50.

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

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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. 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 PK-12 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.

Our diverse faculty have many areas of expertise and are made up of a mix of full-time and part-time professors.

No, there is no work experience requirement. You can learn more about our admission policy here.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹High School Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm

²Postsecondary Teachers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm

³Instructional Coordinators. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm

*In June of 2020 TSPC granted state recognition for EOU to offer the program as an experimental specialization through May 31, 2022.