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Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education

Programs in MSU’s Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education (FGSE) will connect you with opportunities for professional growth and career advancement in adult and higher education, curriculum development, counseling, teaching and training. Our programs also serve teachers seeking a rank change, master’s or education specialist degree, educators interested in becoming technology leaders and those interested in pursuing or furthering their career in education administration.

You will explore the latest trends in education models and behavior patterns, in addition to technology and leadership techniques. We will prepare you to assume leadership roles, create and implement educational policies and improve learning and understanding in a variety of roles at educational institutions and organizations.

FGSE faculty members have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, service and research. This tradition spans local, state, regional, national and international venues with regards to informing policy, practice, instructional design, instructional delivery and research. We embrace the theme "a light to and from the mountains," recognizing that the knowledge we share is enriched by the knowledge, experiences and traditions of the students we serve. 

Ian Levstein

"I would recommend the doctoral program at MSU to anyone who is looking to challenge themselves and make a statement in the world and be able to affect change at the highest level, and have the credentials to allow them to do that."

Ian Levstein
Candidate for Ed.D. in Education Technology (2018)
Ashland, KY

Dr. Patrice Nyatuame

Doctor of Education

Dr. Patrice Nyatuame

“My professors are caring and kind in academics, as well as in career and community. They believe in academic excellence and effective social consciousness. This program is so much more than just a graduate program – I have found that opportunities for professional growth and development are unlimited. The support I have received from faculty is unparalleled to what I would receive anywhere else. The research coupled with real-world applications provided me with the skills necessary to practice instructional design and technology in the workforce, spanning from educational to corporate settings.”

Dr. Patrice Nyatuame
Ed.D., Education Technology Leadership
Canton, Mississippi

Teacher Leader

MSU's teacher leader program encourages you to select options that cater to your areas of specialization, allowing you to further serve as a resource teacher, consultant, committee chair or as an instructional leader among your peers in your schools and district.

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

Whether you are looking to further your career in school administration, become a school counseling specialist or expand your knowledge beyond the master’s or Rank I level, completing a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) program at MSU will prepare you for career advancement. The Specialist in Education is designed for educators possessing a master’s degree who wish to further their ability to improve student achievement while increasing leadership skills and overall knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

MSU offers Ed.S. programs in the following areas:
  • Adult and higher education
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Instructional leadership (director of pupil personnel, supervisor of instruction and principal)
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