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Main Office

School of Education
Rm 859, Educational Sciences
1025 W. Johnson Street
MadisonWI  53706-1796

Tel: 608/262-1427

Email: mspe@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form

Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE)

A Master's Degree Program for K-12 Teachers

The Master of Science for Professional Educators is a convenient, uniquely blended distance education program offered through the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education.

Fall and Spring courses are online, and summer courses are online for six weeks, with two weeks of face-to-face learning on the beautiful University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.   

MSPE integrates courses from three School of Education departments – Educational Psychology, Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis - leading to a Master of Science in Educational Psychology degree. In just two years, teaching professionals can complete this degree in one of the leading educational psychology departments (as listed in the rankings of the U.S. News & World Report's edition of best graduate schools).

MSPE Spotlight

Tuition Information

All MSPE students pay Wisconsin Resident tuition. See the Academics & Application Process page for updated tuition information.


We host information sessions (Google Hangout and Skype) with prospective students!

Email us at mspe@education.wisc.edu to arrange a time to meet and discuss how the MSPE program fits your graduate school goals!


MSPE is now a 30-credit program!

See the table below for our exciting hybrid curriculum.

"The MSPE program helped me gain confidence as an educator.  It also allowed me to collaborate and learn from a variety of exceptional colleagues and instructors.  The coursework was engaging, interesting, and very relevant to educational issues of the day."Tim; Fifth Grade Teacher; Stoughton, WI



More About MSPE

MSPE provides teaching professionals the highest quality education from a well-known leader in the field of education.

  • Degree is aligned with state and national teaching standards
  • Fall and Spring web-based coursework so you can "attend" class when it is convenient for you via the Internet
  • Occasional audio-conferencing during the Fall and Spring courses keep students and instructors connected to discuss "real-time" issues
  •  Summer face-to-face coursework on the UW-Madison campus
  • Collaborative networking with other teachers who are part of your 2-year cohort group
  • Emphasis on practical applications and strategies for K-12 teachers
  • Direct contact with world-class faculty

Summer Residency Requirement

During the two summers in the program, the MSPE cohort and instructors meet together on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for two weeks of collaborative learning (does not include weekends). These summer residencies are mandatory.

The summer residency is preceded by four weeks of online coursework and followed by two weeks of online coursework.

The Summer 2014 course dates will be June 16-August 8, 2014, and the on-campus residency will be July 14-24, 2014.

Table of Curriculum

First-Year Courses — 15 Credits

SUMMER – 7 Credits

face-to-face and
web-based coursework

FALL – 4 Credits

web-based coursework and web conferencing

SPRING – 4 Credits

web-based coursework and web conferencing

Collaborative Team Work for Inclusive School Reform
(3 credits)

Technology Integration for Teachers and Learners
(3 credits)

Engaging with Education Research (1 credit)

Teacher Leadership and Learning Communities
(4 credits)

Legal Rights and Responsibilities
(3 credits)

Current Issues in
(1 credit)


SECOND-Year Courses — 15 Credits

SUMMER – 7 Credits

face-to-face and
web-based coursework

FALL – 4 Credits

web-based coursework and web conferencing

SPRING – 4 Credits

web-based coursework and web conferencing

Teaching Diverse Learners
(3 credits)

Designing and Managing the Learning Environment
(3 credits)

Current Issues in Education
(1 credit)

MSPE Capstone
(1 credit)

Foundations of Educational Measurement
(3 credits)


MSPE Capstone
(4 credits)

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  • The number of students we accept into the program is limited
  • We use a rolling admissions process and applicants are informed of their enrollment status within a few weeks of applying.
  • We close applications when enrollment capacity is reached, so applying early is important!
  • Please contact us if you are interested in applying.

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