Professional Educators

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

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Advance your teaching career by becoming a stronger K-12 teacher and a leader in your school or district through the online Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program.


Is this program right for you?

Structured to be convenient and responsive to your needs and interests as an educator, the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program at UW–Madison builds your teaching and leadership skills.

The program is designed for practicing educators who need to study at a distance. Your courses are 100% online, so you can conveniently earn your degree from anywhere in the world. Plus, at UW–Madison, you do not have to sacrifice quality for convenience. The same professors that teach our face-to-face programs teach your online courses, and occasional video conferencing keeps you and your instructor connected and engaged in the discussion of coursework and current educational issues. Our curriculum builds depth and breadth in your knowledge and skills, and includes a series of courses which will earn you an instructional coaching certificate in addition to your master’s.

The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.

Is this program right for you?

Structured to be convenient and responsive to your needs and interests as an educator, the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program at UW–Madison builds your teaching and leadership skills.

The program is designed for practicing educators who need to study at a distance. Your courses are 100% online, so you can conveniently earn your degree from anywhere in the world. Plus, at UW–Madison, you do not have to sacrifice quality for convenience. The same professors that teach our face-to-face programs teach your online courses, and occasional video conferencing keeps you and your instructor connected and engaged in the discussion of coursework and current educational issues. Our curriculum builds depth and breadth in your knowledge and skills, and includes a series of courses which will earn you an instructional coaching certificate in addition to your master’s.

The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Have at least two years of PK-12 teaching experience.
  • Teach during the two years of the program; this can be part-time or full-time in a public or private PK-12 school.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.
  • MSPE enhances career opportunities. Our students report being better teachers, having more career opportunities, and developing confidence to take on new challenges.
  • The same professors that teach our face-to-face programs teach the online courses, and opportunities for video conferencing help keep students and their instructors both connected and engaged throughout the learning process.

UW–Madison is home to the #1-ranked (tied) public school of education in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Complete online projects and classwork as part of a team and individually.
  • Learn with assignments tailored to your goals as a teacher.

Sample curriculum

Year 1

  • Collaborative Teamwork for Inclusive School Reform
  • Support Students Social/Emotional Well-Being
  • Engaging with Education Research
  • How People Learn
  • Current Issues in Education
  • Foundations of Instructional Coaching

Year 2

  • Organizational Change and Instructional Coaching
  • Understanding Legal Rights and Responsibilities
  • Current Issues in Education
  • Assessment Analysis and Instructional Decision-Making
  • Master of Science for Professional Educators Capstone
  • Practicum for Instructional Coaching
  • Designing and Managing the Learning Environment

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Teacher1
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • English Teacher
  • Instructional Coach

Market Salary
$53K in 2019

Projected Job Growth
7.5% for Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education (2016-2026)

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.
Source 1: Burning Glass and alumni survey data

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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Christopher Salem

 People at the UW want you to be successful. They’re more than willing to accommodate schedules so that you get the full experience of being in school again while meeting the needs you have outside of school.  

Christopher Salem, Current Teacher; Aspiring Administrator
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