Professional Educators

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

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Advance your teaching career by becoming a stronger K-12 teacher and a leader in your school or district through the online Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program.


Is this program right for you?

Structured to be convenient and responsive to your needs and interests as a teacher, the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program at UW–Madison builds your teaching and leadership skills.

The program is designed for practicing teachers studying at a distance. Your courses are 100% online, so you can conveniently earn your degree from anywhere in the world. Plus, at UW–Madison, you do not have to sacrifice quality for convenience. The same professors that teach our face-to-face programs teach your online courses, and occasional video conferencing keeps you and your instructor connected and engaged in the discussion of coursework and current educational issues.

The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.

Is this program right for you?

Structured to be convenient and responsive to your needs and interests as a teacher, the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program at UW–Madison builds your teaching and leadership skills.

The program is designed for practicing teachers studying at a distance. Your courses are 100% online, so you can conveniently earn your degree from anywhere in the world. Plus, at UW–Madison, you do not have to sacrifice quality for convenience. The same professors that teach our face-to-face programs teach your online courses, and occasional video conferencing keeps you and your instructor connected and engaged in the discussion of coursework and current educational issues.

The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the last 60 credits earned from a degree-granting institution.
  • Have at least two years of PK-12 teaching experience.
  • Have basic computer skills and equipment.
  • Be teaching during the two years of the program; this can be part-time or full-time in a public or private PK-12 school.
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the U.S. Department of Education website for contact information for state licensing boards.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Resume/CV.
  • “Reasons for study” essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Program Highlights

  • The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.
  • MSPE enhances career opportunities. Our students report being better teachers, having more career opportunities, and developing confidence to take on new challenges.
  • The same professors that teach our face-to-face programs teach the online courses, and opportunities for video conferencing help keep students and their instructors both connected and engaged throughout the learning process.

UW–Madison is ranked #3 in the U.S. News & World Report's list of the best education schools in the nation.

How You'll Learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Complete online projects and classwork as part of a team and individually.
  • Learn with assignments tailored to your goals as a teacher.

Sample Curriculum

Year 1

  • Collaborative Teamwork for Inclusive School Reform
  • Technology Integration for Teachers and Learners
  • Engaging with Education Research
  • Teacher Leadership and Learning Communities
  • Current Issues in Education
  • Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Year 2

  • Current Issues in Education
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Designing and Managing the Learning Environment
  • Foundations of Educational Measurement
  • Supervision of School Personnel
  • Practicum in Supervision of School Personnel
  • Proactive Approaches for Addressing Students’ Social, Emotional and Behavioral Needs within Classroom Settings

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