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MS in Education (seeking certification)


The Master of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education (Grades N-3), Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), and Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) are designed for candidates who are seeking initial state of Connecticut teaching certificates. Students complete a K-12 classroom experience each semester, culminating in a Student Teaching experience in their certification area. Other courses in methods, assessment, classroom management and more prepare candidates to become effective educators. 

Why Study Education?

Gain competence and skills in pedagogy, academic content areas, educational technology, and knowledge integration. Learn to create classroom environments that support student diversity, and to advocate for best practices for all students. 

  • Nationally accredited program
  • Convenient small classes on campus and online
  • Dedicated, nationally recognized faculty
  • Competitive tuition
  • Graduate assistantships, teacher residencies and housing available
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Who Should Apply?

The M.S. in Education programs are designed for candidates who are seeking initial state of Connecticut teaching certificates. Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education graduates instruct all grade subjects, while Secondary Education students choose from Biology, Earth Science, English, Math, or History/Social Studies.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eastern is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
  • The cost per credit hour is $714 with a per semester fee of $60. Supplemental material including textbooks must be purchased separately.
  • As an online student with Eastern, you should expect to devote 12-16 hours per week towards earning your degree. This includes watching your pre-recorded lectures and completing relevant coursework. Additional time may be spent participating in online discussions, meeting with faculty members during their office hours or completing elective practicum work in your local community.
  • Yes, students who qualify may be able to receive support for their Eastern graduate degree program. Potential options include student loans, military savings, veteran’s benefits and employer tuition assistance.
  • Eastern’s online programs have no application deadline. Three (3) start dates are offered each year and it is recommended that applications be submitted at least six (6) weeks in advance of a student’s preferred start date.
  • Potential careers include:

    • Teacher
    • Education Coordinator
    • Education Administrator
    • Research Team
    • Student Services
    • Education Director