Apply NOAA Graduate Credit Toward a M.S. in Teaching and Learning

Certified educators who have successfully completed the NOAA Teacher at Sea course for graduate credit can take the next step and apply that course toward a Master of Science degree in Teaching and Learning from the University of St. Francis.


  • Entire master’s degree can be earned online
  • Candidates have eight (8) years to complete the degree
  • Up to six (6) hours of graduate-level transfer credits may be applied toward the elective requirement
  • Once designated as degree-seeking, candidates may be eligible for financial aid
  • Academic advisors provide personalized attendtion to develop an individualized plan of study
  • USF advanced programs are accredited by NCATE and the Higher Learning Commission
  • Master’s degree is offered at significant savings


Prospective candidates for the master’s program must complete an application and be granted acceptance into the university. For more information, please contact Pat Pierson, Teaching and Learning advisor, at or (815) 740-3201.


18 credits may be comprised of a combination of the following

  • NOAA Teacher at Sea course (3-4 credits)
  • Possible transfer credits (up to 6 credits)
  • Other USF electives

12 credits of Teaching and Learning core course work

  • MSED 608 Cultural Awareness (1 credit)
  • MSED 609 Service Learning (1 credit)
  • MSED 610 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • MSED 620 Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credits)
  • MSED 650 Designing Effective Instruction (3 credits)
  • MSED 693 Using Domains to Frame Instruction (1 credit)

USF is authorized to offer the Teaching and Learning master’s degree in most states. Click here for program availability by state.