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Engineering Education Sample Curriculum and Plan of Study

In the online Master of Science in Engineering Education (MSENE) program, you'll find an enthusiastic and committed community of scholars who lead in building the discipline's intellectual framework. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create a Plan of Study (POS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals. Below is an example POS showing a curriculum for the MSENE. Your plan of study will vary based on your interests and needs. 

Students pursuing the MS ENE online will be expected to complete 15 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of electives (with some restrictions), and a portfolio – as described below.

Required Courses for the Non-thesis NS ENE Online (15 credit hours)

ENE 50101 Foundations of Engineering Education
ENE 50200 History and Philosophy of Engineering Education
ENE 50300 Engineering Education Inquiry

ENE 50500 Theories of Development in Engineering Thinking OR ENE 50400 Leadership, Policy and Change in STEM Education

ENE 50600 Content, Assessment and Pedagogy*
ENE 69000 Seminar – 0 credit hours – must be taken twice

*Included in the Teaching and Learning in Engineering Graduate Certificate

NOTE:  All six required courses listed above will count toward the Ph.D. in Engineering Education should the student decide to pursue that degree.

Electives for the Non-thesis MS ENE Online (15 credit hours)

For the non-thesis MS ENE, the student is required to take 15 additional credit hours of elective specialization courses comprised of appropriate graduate level coursework in ENE and/or other programs.  The elective specialization must be coherent, thematic, and named accordingly, with approval by the student’s academic advisor.  The elective courses for the online MS ENE fall into two groups -– at least 6 credit hours to be selected from a specified group of ENE courses plus 9 additional credit hours which will be determined in consultation with (and require approval of) the advisor.  Selection of those 9 credit hours will be based, in part, on the student’s previous degrees and future plans.

At least 6 credit hours from the following list

ENE 50400 Leadership, Policy and Change in STEM Education or ENE 50500 Theories of Development in Engineering Thinking
ENE 68500 Engineering Education Methods**
ENE 68700 Mentored Teaching** (1 credit hour)
ENE 69500 Succeeding as an Engineering Professor**

**Included in the Teaching and Learning in Engineering Graduate Certificate

Plus 9 additional credit hours as indicated below

  • Students holding a bachelor’s but not a master’s degree in an engineering field must take 6 credit hours of a coherent sequence of graduate courses (500 or 600 level) in an engineering field other than engineering education plus three additional credit hours of electives with approval of the advisor.
  • Students holding a master’s degree in an engineering field will, in consultation with and the approval of the advisor, select 9 credit hours of courses that best serve the student’s needs.
  • Students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in Engineering Education following the master’s degree may want to consider the following courses that also meet the requirements of the Ph.D. program.
    • 3 hours of research methods (qualitative analysis) from Engineering Education or another appropriate department (e.g. EDCI 61500 and 61600)
    • 3 hours of research methods (quantitative analysis) from Engineering Education or another appropriate department (e.g. EDPS 55600 and 55700)
    • 3 hours of social science statistical methods (e.g. PSY 60000 or 61000)

Portfolio Requirement

All MS ENE students must complete a portfolio of artifacts to demonstrate suitable coverage of engineering education graduate competencies.  The list of 10 competencies is identical to what is specified for the ENE Ph.D. program – except that, due to the shorter duration of the program, master’s degree students are required to document at least 6 of the 10 competencies.