Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, MSEd

Focused primarily on K-12 populations, the M.S.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership is designed for individuals who wish to work in educational and leadership capacities both in and outside of formal classroom settings. Students choose one of two areas of informal specialization: Teaching and Learning, or Educational Leadership. Students enjoy individualized courses of study in a small, community-oriented cohort. Graduates work in schools, school administrations, after-school programs, museum settings, and educational non-profits.


A total of 10 course units are required for the TLL MSEd.1,

Core Courses
EDUC 6116Master's Foundations of Teaching and Learning (Incoming full-time students must register for EDUC 6116 in the fall semester)1
EDUC 6168Master's Seminar in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership1
Methods Course1
Ethnographic Filmmaking
Qualitative Studies of Developmental Interventions
Introduction to Mixed-Methods Research
Core Methods in Educational Data Mining
Ethnography for Intercultural Communication
Seminar in Practitioner Inquiry
Qualitative Methods: Principles and Techniques
Introductory Statistics for Educational Research
Survey Methods & Design
Methods of Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research: Concepts, Methods and Design
Advanced Qualitative and Case Study Research
Ethnographic Research Methods
Introduction to Causal Inference for Educational Research
Regression and Analysis of Variance
Quasi-Experimental Design
Social and Statistical Network Analysis
Craft of Ethnography
Classifications, Profiles, and Latent Growth Mixture Models
Research Seminar in Reading and Writing
Concentration Courses 2
One foundational course in the history, philosophy, and social foundations of education, such as:1
Teaching & Learning in Student Centered Classrooms
Diversity and Social Justice in American K-12 Education
Educational and Social Entrepreneurship
Outside the School Box: History, Policy and Alternatives
Collaboration & Conflict
School and Society in America
One course in Teaching/Learning or Educational Leadership, such as:1
Gender & Education
Curriculum Development and Enactment
Leadership in Educational Institutions
Research on Teaching
Gender and Sexuality in Education
Politics of School Reform
Conceptual Models of School Leadership & Organization
Research on Teacher Education and Learning to Teach
Elective Courses
Select 5 elective courses, including one distribution course:
Electives 34
Distribution course 41
Other Requirements
Master's Capstone Project, supported by EDUC 6168
Total Course Units10

The MSEd degree requires a minimum of 10 CUs. All courses counted towards the degree must be at the 5000 level or above. No transfer credits are accepted.  All students must take at least 3 CUs to be considered full-time. Part-time students enroll in 1 to 2 CUs per semester. 


Full-time students should take 1 Concentration course in the Fall and 1 Concentration course in the Spring.


The elective courses should contribute substantively to a student's area of specialization. The 5100 course number is used to denote an experimental course offered for the first time, and several sections of 5100 may be offered in a single semester.


Candidates for the M.S.Ed. degree must demonstrate knowledge of the field of education beyond the area of specialization. This requirement is met by satisfying the distribution requirement. To meet the distribution requirement, students must complete one approved graduate level (5000 and above) GSE course outside the student’s area of specialization, earning a grade of "B" or better. Students should check with their program manager for a list of courses approved to fulfill the distribution requirement. Further requirements regarding these courses may be specified by each division.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.