Graduate Program: Education Master of Science in Education

“Enrich your professional life in the field of education, leadership, or counseling.”

We offer two Master of Science programs. Both degrees feature faculty who are active in their fields, smart-classrooms, distance learning, evening courses, and multi-disciplinary field experience placements.

Your Courses

The Education course work centers around specific Areas of Concentration:

  • Curriculum/Instruction – Bilingual/ESL (online – for students currently licensed)
  • Leadership
  • Teaching Licensure – Elementary, Secondary, Special Education, or Music
  • Reading Education
  • Teacher Leader

Building Foundations

My educational and work experiences at Quincy University combined to create a very strong foundation for me to build my career. Between my undergraduate degree in communication, master's degree in school counseling, and time working as a Graduate Assistant in Student Affairs I gained so many skills that I utilize daily in my current position and life.
Denise Damron '11, Executive Director at the United Way of the Mark Twain Area

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 availability.

Teacher Licensure

Students seeking teacher licensure must:

  1. Meet criteria for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Show proof of passing scores on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency and the state content test(s) in the teaching area.
  3. Meet checkpoint criteria throughout the program.
  4. Complete the 16-week student teaching experience.

Admission Requirements

Education Requirements: A completed or to-be-completed baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.0/4.0 or higher will be recommended for admission. Applicants with GPAs lower than a 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.

Steps to apply:

  • Application – Complete the Application for Graduate Admission online and submit it to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Official Transcripts – Request your official college transcripts mailed directly to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions from each college attended. (QU grads do not need to request official QU transcripts.)
  • Recommendations – Two recommendation letters from individuals who can address your academic potential. Recommenders: follow this link to the recommendation form.
  • 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
  • Entrance Test Results – MSE candidates seeking teacher licensure 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 licensure prior to being admitted to the program.
  • Personal Resume

MSE candidates seeking Curriculum/Instruction-Bilingual/ESL, Reading Education and Teacher 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.

International students – Applicants from non-English speaking educational institutions must submit the results of the TOEFL. Generally, a score of 550 or above is acceptable evidence of a student’s ability to successfully study in an English-speaking environment at the graduate level. Also, the applicant must submit documentation showing how his/her education will be financed. A bank official must authorize this financial documentation.

Graduate Credit Continuing Education

The School of Education offers courses for post-baccalaureate students for graduate credit. These courses offer area educators experience in a variety of subjects:

  • assessment/evaluation
  • classroom management
  • topics in various content areas
  • instructional technology
  • methods courses in reading
  • writing
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies
  • special education
  • and other special topics such as “school violence” or “maltreatment.”

All presenters for QU’s Graduate Credit Continuing Education Courses hold a master’s degree or higher and most have extensive teaching background and are leaders in their respective fields.


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 licensure, as well as school counselor licensure.

For more information about the Science in Education program, contact:
Sara Deters
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Francis Hall Room 121

Applications are accepted throughout the year so you can start during any term.

There’s no application fee when you apply online.