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The degree of Master of Science in Education is designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to enrich their professional lives in the field of education, leadership, administration, or counseling. In keeping with the mission of Quincy University, the Master of Science in Education Program "prepares men and women for leadership and transformation of the world by educating them to seek knowledge that leads to wisdom."

Areas of Concentration
Curriculum/Instruction - Bilingual/ESL (online - for students currently certified)
Special Education
Teaching Certification - Elementary and Secondary
Reading Education
School Counseling
Community Counseling
Teacher Leader

Faculty active in their fields
Distance Learning
Multi-disciplinary Field Experience Placements
Evening Courses

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following to the Quincy University Office of Adult Studies:

  1. Application - Please complete the Application for Graduate Admission and return it to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions with your non-refundable $25 application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Quincy University. Also, be sure you sign the back page of the application where indicated
  2. Official Transcripts - After you have completed the application, please have your official college transcripts mailed directly to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions. If you have attended more than one college or university, an official transcript is required from each.
  3. Recommendations - Please forward two (2) completed recommendation forms from individuals who can address your academic potential.
  4. Educational Requirements - Applicants must have or will have completed a baccalaureate degree. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.0/4.0 or higher will be recommended for admission. Applicants with GPA's lower than a 3.0 will be considered for conditional admission. A final university transcript showing the graduation date must be sent to Quincy University to complete the application file. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to assure that this document is requested from the university after graduation and sent to Quincy University.
  5. International Students - Applicants from non-English speaking educational institutions must submit the results of the TOEFL. Generally, a score of 550 for graduate admissions is acceptable evidence of a student's ability to study successfully in an English-speaking environment. Also, the applicant must submit documentation showing how your education will be financed. A bank official must authorize this financial documentation.
  6. Written Autobiographical Sketch - A 300-word written statement by the applicant detailing how their work and life experiences influenced their academic interest and professional goals.
  7. Entrance Test Results - Forward your official score results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions.
  8. All prospective MSE candidates seeking teacher certification must provide proof of having passed both the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and the Illinois Content Test(s) appropriate to the area in which they seek certification prior to being admitted to the program. These tests replace the MAT requirement for teacher certification candidates only.
  9. All prospective MSE candidates seeking Curriculum/Instruction-Bilingual/ESL ,Reading Education andTeacher Leader must provide documentation of current Teacher License. This replaces the entrance testing requirement. *Teacher Leader also requires a minimum of two years teaching experience.
  10. Personal Resume

Program Prerequisites/Completion Options

  • Applications are encouraged from individuals in all fields.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis focusing on the applicant's potential for successful completion of the program.
  • Application review for admission is ongoing.
  • Start dates are subject to space available.
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience prior to application into School Administration Concentration.

Teacher Certification
Students seeking teacher certification must:

  • Meet criteria for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.
  • Complete the 16-week student teaching experience.
  • Meet checkpoint criteria throughout the program.
  • Proof that the candidate has passed the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and the state content test(s) in the teaching area.

Quincy University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 (800.621.7440).

The Master of Science in Education program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), 100 N. First St., Springfield, Illinois 62707-0001 (217.782.4330), to offer education programs for elementary and secondary teacher certification, school administration certification, as well as school counselor certification.

Our Mission Statement

Embracing the Franciscan values of respect for the individual and service toward others, the Quincy University School of Education will personalize the development of servant leaders.  These ethical, inspiring and collaborative professionals will be reflective decision makers who are committed to the academic and personal success of all students, particularly the marginalized, in responsive teaching and learning communities.

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