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Professional Educators

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

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Take the next step in your career by earning your Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology designed for educators.


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.
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience.
  • Teach during the two years of the program; this can be part-time or full-time in a public or private school, or within a community program or setting wherein you have access to students.
  • 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

There are circumstances in which exceptions can be made regarding admissions requirements. Please contact us with questions.

All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the U.S. Department of Education for contact information for state licensing boards.

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Program Overview: Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Learning Analytics

April 21
noon-12:30 p.m.
Interested in using data to make an impact on teaching, learning and policy in the world of education? Join program director Julia Rutledge and enrollment coach Pat Walsh to get more information about the Learning Analytics program including curriculum, application process and potential career paths.
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Program Overview: Master of Science for Professional Educators

April 21
4-4:30 p.m.
Join program director Lisa Hebgen to get more information about the Master of Science for Professional Educators program including curriculum, application process and potential career paths.
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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.
  • Program curriculum includes a built in Instructional Coaching Certificate

UW–Madison is consistently ranked as a top 5 school of education by U.S. News & World Report's 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
  • Thinking & Learning
  • 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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