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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education Online

This TEACH Grant-eligible† online MSEd gives you the tools to enhance your impact on the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in a variety of learning environments.

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Explore our online MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM Education program

$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

The Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education online program from Southern Oregon University prepares you for leadership roles as a STEM teacher or curriculum specialist working in either PK-20 or informal education systems.

This online STEM Education program helps you explore and apply learning theory, innovative curricular design, and proven instructional practices to address challenges and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics education. You will study current issues in career and technical education, trends in environmental education, project-based learning methods, and more.

This innovative online MSEd provides support for regional, statewide, and national efforts to enhance student access to high-quality STEM education both inside and outside the classroom. By maintaining close connections with regional organizations and employers, SOU ensures that the curriculum stays relevant and aligned with current needs and opportunities for educators.

In this online Master of Science in Education - Curriculum and Instruction - STEM Education program, you will:

  • gain knowledge of current methods and issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education,
  • expand your ability to plan and facilitate project-based learning,
  • employ scientific inquiry to analyze and find solutions to current problems,
  • create innovative, engaging, and sustainable strategies for environmental education in both formal and informal learning contexts, and
  • expand your understanding of practices and opportunities in career and technical education.

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by, 2020.

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Pay for your online program by the course

The MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$16,605 Total Tuition*

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MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education online degree program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Hours Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education $369 $1,476 $16,605*

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.


Check out the schedule for this curriculum and instruction online degree

The MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

12/20/21 Next Application Due Date
01/03/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 04/05/21 03/22/21 03/29/21 03/31/21 04/09/21 05/23/21
Summer 1 06/14/21 05/31/21 06/07/21 06/09/21 06/11/21 08/01/21
Summer 2 08/02/21 07/19/21 07/26/21 07/28/21 07/30/21 09/19/21
Fall 09/27/21 09/13/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/01/21 11/14/21
Winter 01/03/22 12/20/21 12/27/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 04/04/22 03/21/22 03/28/22 03/30/22 04/08/22 05/22/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/06/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 08/21/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/25/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Southern Oregon University?


Learn how to apply to this online program

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 may be invited to submit additional materials for a holistic review of their application. Depending on an initial review of your application, you may be asked to provide:
    • An additional explanation of your intentions in pursuing the degree and a description of your readiness to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • Two or three letters of recommendation speaking to your ability to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • GRE scores of at least 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected].

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.


Take a look at the online education courses

The MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students are guided through the development of a professional portfolio. Provides students the opportunity to analyze, reflect and demonstrate their skills and expertise in their content knowledge and professional writing specific to their area of concentration. Prerequisite(s): restricted to MSEd. Graded (A-F) only.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines current issues and methods related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. Illuminates how engaging, creative instructional strategies, inquiry, problem solving, and the appropriate integration of technology can enhance and inspire student learning, with a strong focus on issues related to the inclusion of students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, skills, strengths and special needs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Examines the history and practice of Career and Technical Education including the impact of educational reform on Career and Technical Education and workforce development. Provides an overview of federal funding and program characteristics that support CTE.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Introduces project-based learning as a pedagogical approach that emphasizes student-driven inquiry and problem solving, and parallels the way in which project teams are organized in the workplace. The goal is to develop the educator’s knowledge of project learning and to develop an understanding for using multi-task inquiry-based activities in the classroom. This course will focus on a project plan that emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration and the appropriate use of technology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Utilizes science investigations common in an elementary classroom to deepen scientific understanding for the adult learner while also exploring the developing mind of the young child. Addresses current societal problems and the role of scientific and technological advances in finding solutions through project-based inquiry.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on environmental education as a profession. Analyzes current literature to evaluate trends within the field and explores how professional environmental educators contribute to the development of the field, including research and publications. Investigates environmental issues to prepare future environmental educators to address local and regional challenges and opportunities. Areas of study include the loss of biodiversity and strategies for preservation and recovery of threatened species, sustainable management of natural resources, and issues affecting the welfare of human populations and the biosphere.

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*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

†Maximum grant amounts may vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants enrolled in approved degree programs and require approved recipients to complete certain service obligations after graduation. Please contact the university financial aid department for more information at [email protected].

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