Oregon State’s master of education program provides these options to allow you to tailor your curriculum plan to meet your personal and professional goals. They are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and are nationally accredited.
Advanced science and mathematics education
Our advanced science and mathematics education option is ideal for elementary and secondary teachers wishing to specialize in teaching math and science in a creative and fun way.
Courses emphasize applying theory to your classroom practice:
- Examine ways of speaking that foster learning in science and mathematics contexts
- Utilize current and emerging technologies applied to math and science learning that promote critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity
- Develop instructional strategies and skills to support student learning of challenging science and math content
- Investigate education assessment focusing on formative assessment in math and science contexts
- Learn the history and rationale behind current trends in curriculum reform across learning environments
Social justice education
Today's K-12 classrooms present many complex challenges, and the needs of underrepresented populations are often overlooked. Our social justice education option examines social, environmental and ecological justice in educational settings and how power inequalities in society shape injustices in systemic ways.
Learn to be an agent of change for equity and social justice education:
- Examine how institutions reflect larger societal power relations and inequalities and how they are manifested in school, structures, curricula and teaching
- Critique all texts (print, visual, audio, etc.) including instructional materials for bias
- Teach learners to critique all texts for bias
- Write curriculum that is grounded in multiculturalism and social and eco-justice concepts, as well as mainstream professional standards such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative
- Engage in collaborative projects advocating for social and eco-justice at the school, district or community setting
- Respond to expressions of stereotypes by colleagues, students or in textual materials that inflict symbolic or direct harm to individuals from non-dominate social groups
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Our ESOL option will prepare you to effectively work with children who are learning English as an additional language. Courses incorporate state and national learning standards for K-12 students, as well as state and national ESOL standards for K-12 teacher preparation programs.
The course work is based on six core domains:
- Language – apply language acquisition theories and research, as well as knowledge of language as a system, to improve ESOL students’ abilities to use English for social and academic purposes
- Culture – apply major concepts and research related to the nature and role of culture to construct supportive learning environments for ESOL students
- Planning, implementing and managing instruction – use ESOL-appropriate instructional practices and strategies that integrate standards-based English language proficiency (ELP) and content-area objectives
- Assessment – to inform instruction, effectively implement a variety of standards-based assessment tools and techniques that demonstrate an understanding of assessment issues for ESOL students
- Professionalism – demonstrate a willingness and ability to serve as a professional resource, advocate for ESOL students, and build partnerships with students' families
- Technology – use technology to enhance learning and professional productivity
If you wish to add the ESOL endorsement to your current Oregon teaching license, contact the ESOL endorsement program coordinator in the College of Education regarding additional licensure requirements.
Free-choice (informal) learning
Oregon State faculty coined the phrase “free-choice learning” – which is an informal learning approach that focuses on the nature of learning regardless of where it occurs. Informal education appeals to individual interests, curiosities and motivations.
Many teachers choose the free-choice option, or enroll in free-choice courses as electives, for the invaluable theories and strategies that are applicable to classroom teaching. They use free-choice approaches to excite students about learning math and science and to connect with at-risk learners.
The free-choice learning option is also ideal for science professionals who provide informal educational experiences in settings such as museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and other informal educational settings. Oregon State Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) offers a non-degree, non-credit Museum and Free-Choice Learning/Informal Education Certificate for professionals who are interested in this knowledge but are not pursuing a master’s degree.
This is not a teacher licensure program
In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.
To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.
Kentucky residents notice
For K-12 teachers: Ecampus is not authorized by the state of Kentucky to offer this program at the present time.
Amy Hoffman, program coordinator
OSU College of Education