Graduate Education Programs

Dr. Tammy Condren teaches class of graduate education students

Flexible course options

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SBU Graduate Education courses are delivered online, face-to-face, or a combination of the two (hybrid). Some degrees are even offered completely online.

Fall and spring semesters have two 8-week terms, making it easy to take two classes each term. During the summer semester, June and July terms are four weeks each.

Graduate Education Program Information

Current program announcements

  • SBU is currently accepting applications and enrollment up until the start of classes (see upcoming start dates below)
  • Enroll in elective courses (Plus hours) for professional development.
  • View current and upcoming course offerings within the Graduate Education class schedule. Course descriptions are available in the University Catalog.
  • The graduate education degrees are offered in fully online or hybrid formats.
  • Educational Administration K-12 certification courses, Educational Administration degree courses and Education Specialist courses are now offered in Springfield, Mo., at the SBU Springfield campus. Request more information or call Todd Earl at (417) 328-1843.

Upcoming start dates

Graduate education courses will begin on the following dates:

  • January 26, 2022
  • March 28, 2022
  • June 6, 2022
  • July 5, 2022

Degree options

Southwest Baptist University offers several degree programs for students focusing on a graduate degree in education. Whether you’re interested in a teaching degree or an educational leadership or administration degree, SBU has a variety of options to match your interests. From curriculum and instruction to instructional technology to educational administration, you’re certain to find the perfect program for your career goals. Use the links below to learn more about each program:

Visionary teachers

If you’re looking to become an influential teacher and serve in schools as a qualified and inspiring educator, look no further than SBU’s variety of master’s degrees in teaching and education.

Aspiring Leaders

If you’re interested in a path leading toward educational leadership, SBU has several graduate programs available. This includes master’s degrees, specialist degrees and doctorate degrees. Explore your options and learn about the career paths available when you pursue an education graduate degree with SBU.

Leveling Options

You can choose to level through the Graduate Education degree programs. If your highest degree is a Master of Science, you will need to complete all three steps to achieve an Ed.D. through leveling. If your highest degree is a Master of Science in Educational Administration, you will need to complete the last two steps to achieve an Ed.D. through leveling.

Request more information about the Doctor of Education degree to receive your personalized plan of study.

graduate education degree leveling options, also explained in text below

Leveling Step 1

  • M.S. Administration
  • Leveling courses
  • Time to complete: 1 year
  • Credit hours: 22
  • Test for Principal Certification
  • Course formats: Hybrid and face-to-face

Leveling Step 2

  • Specialist of Educational Administration
  • Leveling courses
  • Time to complete: 1 year
  • Credit hours: 21
  • Test for Superintendent Certification
  • Course formats: Hybrid and online

Leveling Step 3

  • Ed.D. courses
  • TIme to complete: 2 years
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Additional semesters may be needed for completion of directed research project
  • Course formats: Hybrid and online

Graduate Education Elective Courses

Non-degree seeking students can take elective courses in Graduate Education at Southwest Baptist University. This is a great option for teachers looking for continuing education credits and professional development opportunities.

Elective Course Information

Admissions Process


Interested in learning about these degree programs? Wondering what career outlooks are with this degree on your resume? We can answer all of your most pressing questions. Tell us about yourself and your interests. Our dedicated team will follow up with you with information about how SBU Graduate Education can help you achieve your career goals!

Request Information


Once you've found a degree program that interests you, fill out our online application. Then, send us a copy of your transcripts and test scores to help expedite the process. Use the links below to apply for the program of your choice.

Note: The application fee is waived for all SBU alumni!

Minimum Admissions REquirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75+
  • Teaching Certificate, Passing Praxis II score, or Passing GRE score
  • Other specific requirements as needed for the Master of Science in Education - Educational Administration, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees

Apply now


Once you have been admitted to SBU's graduate education program and are ready to sign up for classes, submit the online Enrollment Form. You will need to know the course number, course section and course title for each course in which you wish to enroll.

Courses are typically scheduled in eight-week rotations, providing greater flexibility for students wishing to begin graduate education programs. 

Enroll now

Tuition and fees (2020-21)

How much will my program cost? It varies depending on the degree you’re wanting to pursue — whether that’s a master’s, a specialist degree, or a doctorate. Each of these programs have their own adjusted tuition and fees. SBU strives to offer affordable costs and financial aid opportunities for our students.

Master of Science in education and Master of science in educational administration

Tuition (per credit hour):

  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021: $295

Technology fee (per course): $40

education specialist

Tuition (per credit hour):

  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021: $305

Technology fee (per course): $40

Doctor of education

Tuition (per credit hour): $440
Technology fee (per course): $40

Submit for financial Aid

To receive any financial aid for which you may qualify, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SBU's recommended deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 15. If you have questions about financial aid for graduate students, please call (417) 328-1822.

Submit your FAFSA

Purchase Textbooks

After enrolling in courses, you may purchase any needed textbooks online through the SBU Bookstore. Use the course numbers to look up which books are required for each course.

Purchase textbooks

Graduate Education Program FAQs

The Master of Science in Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology Leadership, and Teacher Leadership are all 100% online.

The Master of Science in Education degree in Athletic/Activity Administration is mostly online with the exception of a class in the summer terms. Students may attend this class face-to-face or remotely using Zoom.

We host in-person classes in Bolivar, Springfield, St. Louis, Mountain View, and Salem, Missouri.
There are three semesters per calendar year: spring, summer, and fall. Each semester has two terms. Many students take one class per term for a total of two classes per semester (six credit hours). Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks, divided into 8-week terms. The summer semester is 8 weeks long, divided into 4-week terms.
You may apply at any time throughout the year; however, we only enroll for the next upcoming semester and terms. Each semester has two starts (beginning of first term and beginning of second term).
Tuition is due by the end of the day on the last day of the semester.