Introduction

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Business Education degree program degree program is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.

Overview

This master's program is designed for those engaged in teaching business concepts and studies in public, private and corporate educational institutions.

The 30-credit program also assists individuals desiring initial or additional secondary teaching certification in business, computer and information technology.  If you wish to pursue secondary teaching certification concurrently with this degree program, please notify the Graduate Admissions Office of your intention to do so upon application.

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Through this program, students engage in effective, advanced studies in areas relating to the learning environment, the improvement of instruction, and professional development. In consultation with a faculty advisor, you'll design a personalized program of study by choosing elective courses that best meet your own objectives. You may specialize by selecting courses that parallel a business education certification area, or choose electives from a wide array of education and business administration courses. This flexibility is a key feature of the program.

Courses normally are scheduled during four eight-week evening terms from September to May. During the summer months, classes also are scheduled during the day for more intensive study. These summer courses may have learning sessions or project advisement conferences arranged by the instructor. Because of the competency-based format, credit allocations for some courses are based on content rather than on the number of class meeting hours.

Teacher Certification

In addition to the course requirements, there are other program and certification requirements that each education student must fulfill, in order for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant you a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. The steps are outlined in the post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP).

Curriculum

The M.S. can also be combined with post-baccalaureate certification in Business, Computer and Information Technology. Click here to view the program of study for these combined programs.

The coursework for the program has four components:

Area I - 12 credits
EDUC6000 Critical Issues Affecting American Education
EDUC6010 Theories of Learning/Instruction
EDUC6020 Assessment/Educational Statistics
EDUC6130 Research Seminar
 
Area II - 9 credits
Select three courses from:
EDUC6040 The Learning Environment
EDUC6110 Computers in the Classroom
EDUC6060 Curriculum Design and Development
EDUC6080 Special Learning Problems
EDUC6090 Learning Systems and Instructional Decision-Making
EDUC6100 Multimedia Design
EDUC6120 Instructional Leadership Management
EDUC6210 Internet/Basic Web Page Design
 
Area III - 6 credits
Select two elective courses from:
EDUC0630 Introduction to Theory of Online Education
EDUC6100 Multimedia Design
EDUC6110 Computers in the Classroom
EDUC6210 Internet/Basic Web Page Design
INFS6120 Visual Basic Programming
 
Area IV - 3 credits
Select one elective course from:
  • Courses listed above that have not been taken
  • Independent or directed study courses approved by the department head and school dean
  • Other graduate courses offered by the University for which prerequisites have been met

Admission

For students interested in the Master's without certification, the admissions requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
If you wish to pursue secondary teaching certification concurrently with this degree program, please notify the Graduate Admissions Office of your intention to do so upon application.  The additional admissions requirements for students also seeking certification include:


Click to visit the RMU Office of Graduate Admissions website to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply for the program; or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at graduateadmissions@rmu.edu or 800-762-0097.

To apply, go to rmu.edu/gradapply. You can complete the application online with no application fee. Alternatively, you can download the graduate application PDF form, and then mail in the completed form with required documentation and $35 application fee.

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