ip target image
You are currently browsing our site with content tailored to students in your country

Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

M.S.Ed. in Workforce Education and Development



What will I learn?

The M.S.E.D. in Workforce Education and Development is designed to accommodate a broad range of individuals preparing for training, instructional, and administrative roles in career and technical education, human resources, business, industry, government, and other fields.

For students with a background in training or education, the major consists of a minimum of 32 credit hours of course work for the thesis option and 36 credit hours for the non-thesis option. For students with backgrounds in fields other than education, two foundation courses (WED 486 and WED 466) are required. These two courses are not counted as part of the required credit hours for the thesis or non-thesis program. A grade of B or higher is required for each course. Program requirements are organized into professional core requirements and specialty area courses. A grade of B or higher is required for each professional core course, and a 3.0 GPA is required for the specialty area courses. At least 50% of the courses taken to complete the M.S.E.D. program must be 500-level.

Professional Core Requirements

For the thesis option, the core consists of four courses (14 credit hours): WED 560, WED 561, WED 566, and WED 593.

Specialty Area Courses

The component consists of 18 credit hours (thesis option) or 24 credit hours (non-thesis option) of course work relevant to a student's career goals. Technical courses, professional courses, and internships may be included. Courses may be taken within the program or in other units of the school or University.


In accordance with Graduate School requirements, students in the thesis option must complete a thesis (WED 599) showing evidence of the student's knowledge of research techniques. Upon completion of the thesis, a final oral examination of the research is conducted by the student's advisory committee.

The program of study is individually tailored based upon the student's background, interests, and career goals. Program graduates are employed in career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels and in training positions in such fields as aviation management, business, automotive technology, family and consumer science, industrial management and applied engineering, agricultural education, and career development. In business environments, graduates work in employee/industrial/management training, health care administration, and human resource environments. Graduates also work in various levels of government in such fields as education, military service, and personnel training.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (32 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,000.00 per year
Start date

12 June 2023, 21 August 2023, 16 January 2024


Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1263 Lincoln Drive,



62901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of bachelor’s coursework; 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average).

For international students

A 2.7 GPA of a completed bachelor's degree

A career goal consistent with the mission of the Department

Relevant professional or technical experience (at least two years is recommended)

The English language requirement may be met by submitting: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the internet-based TOEFL; 6.5 on the IELTS; 5.0 on the iTep Academic Plus Exam; C1 required on the Cambridge English Exam.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


Get in touch