• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $377.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $973.30
Our Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education prepares professionals to educate the next generation. The 36 credit hour graduate program and core curriculum is offered through online teaching and learning modalities. Out of state students who complete coursework on a part-time basis are eligible for in-state tuition. To be eligible, the student must enroll in no more than 6 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and no more than 3 credit hours in the summer. The curriculum provides academic experiences based on the career goals and interest of the graduate student. Although the curriculum is focused on preparing the student for a career in dental hygiene education, elective courses may also be taken through a personalized approach - pursuing excellence together. The graduate program has a thesis or non-thesis option. The completion of a thesis or non -thesis research project (manuscript ready for publication) is required as part of the graduate student's academic program. The core curriculum is completed online. Full time students are required to attend a minimum of three academic years.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program.
  2. Have a Baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene or related field from an accredited college or university.
  3. Have a current dental hygiene state license.
  4. Present a satisfactory academic record with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  5. Submit three references from college faculty members/administrators. One must be from the hygiene program director where you earned your degree.
NOTE: Individuals residing in NC are not able to enroll in this program.

Application Deadlines

Admissions Deadline
February 1

Courses

Core
  • DENT-HGY 5595Writing in Science2 Credits

    This seminar course is designed to provide advanced education students in the health professions the skills necessary to write and communicate in science. Course activities and topics include: critical analysis of the literature, literature summary tables, structure and organization of documents, style and usuage, drafting, revising and finishing. Participants will practice the craft of scientific writing not only as the writer but also as the reader providing correction and reorganization where appropriate. While this course examines many writing tasks, exercise culminate with the development of a research protocol or scientific article.

  • DENT-HYG 4130Introduction to Instructional Technologies and Online Learning1 Credit

    The web-based multimedia course will examine the mediated communication process using Internet tools and is designed to help the incoming student become prepared to succeed in their degree program using online technologies. Students will exam the changes and challenges associated with mediated synchronous and asynchronous technologies. The course will be delivered in four different modules.

  • DENT-HYG 5500Introduction to Educational Methodology3 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the evidence-based best practices in course design for students who are preparing for a ca5reer in teaching and for those who simply wish to learn more about classroom instruction. Students will explore outcomes centered course design. Content application activities include syllabus development, writing objectives, constructing lesson plans, preparing presentations, developing course management sites, and test development. Prerequisites: Must be a student enrolled in the MSDHE program.

  • DENT-HYG 5502Foundations of Teaching2 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the evidence-based best practices in course design for students who are preparing for a ca5reer in teaching and for those who simply wish to learn more about classroom instruction. Students will explore outcomes centered course design. Content application activities include syllabus development, writing objectives, constructing lesson plans, preparing presentations, developing course management sites, and test development. Prerequisites: Must be a student enrolled in the MSDHE program.

  • DENT-HYG 5510Student Teaching and Conference I2 to 4 Credit

    Student teaching experience in classroom areas as selected by the student under the direction of a supervising professor. The student develops behavioral course objectives, test and examination items, classroom presentations, and prepares student evaluations in the selected classroom teaching areas. The student may select teaching assignments in one of the developed externship student teaching programs. Conferences will be held in conjunction with the course. Prerequisites: DENT-HYG 4040, DENT-HYG 5500.

  • DENT-HYG 5512Highly Recommended: Student Teaching and Conference II2 to 4 Credit

    This course is designed to provide the graduate dental hygiene student with additional experience in classroom teaching. Student teaching experiences will be selected by the student under the direction of and in conference with a supervising professor.

  • DENT-HYG 5516Special Issues in Higher Education3 Credits

    This course is designed to introduce the student to matters encountered in higher education - specific to dental hygiene education. Weekly readings, assignments, and sessions will familiarize the student in topics such as: writing resumes and cvs, motivational interviewing, accreditation, promotion and tenure, and social media.

  • DENT-HYG 5530Clinical Instruction and Conference I2 to 4 Credit

    Students will actively participate in clinical instruction under the supervision of a dental hygiene faculty member. Topics relative to clinical teaching will be discussed in weekly seminars. Students will be encouraged to apply knowledge gained in DENT-HYG 4620 and DENT-HYG 5500 during clinical instructional experiences. Additionally the student must participate in at least ˝ day of clinic per week to equal another credit hour of course work.

  • DENT-HYG 5532Highly Recommended: Clinical Instruction and Conference II2 to 4 Credit

    This course is a continuation of DENT-HYG 5530. Under the supervision of the dental hygiene faculty, the student will continue to develop skills as a dental hygiene clinical instructor. Prerequisite: Dent-HYG 5530.

  • DENT-HYG 5553Evidenced Based Decision Making in the Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene2 Credits

    This course is designed for the graduate and degree completion dental hygiene student and will expand on the student's basic knowledge of the dental hygiene process of care. Utilization of evidence based decision making skills will be explored in an effort to incorporate current scientific literature, personal clinical experience and patient preferences as it relates to the delivery of comprehensive patient care. Skills taught in this course will enhance background knowledge related to the dental hygiene process of care and help to foster an attitude of critical analysis and life-long learning.

  • DENT-HYG 5585Portfolio Capstone Course1 Credit

    his capstone course serves as the culminating experience for students in the MS in Dental Hygiene Education (MS in DHE). During the Capstone course, students will create a coherent and cohesive body of work reflective of attainment of the competencies for their respective programs - in the form of an e-Portfolio. This course should be taken in the semester of anticipated completion/graduation of the MS In DHE program.

  • DENT-HYG 5599Research and Thesis1 to 6 Credit

    This course is designed to support the research process from protocol development through data collection and report of results. Research committee chairperson typically serves as the course director.

  • RES-ME 5700 Introduction to Research Methodology3 Credits

    This lecture/discussion course will facilitate student's understanding of terminology and key concepts of research methodology and design. Assigned exercises are designed to demonstrate application of research design principles, and to increase advanced education students' competency in evaluating and planning scientific studies. This knowledge is indispensable for conducting meaningful research in advanced education certificate, masters of doctoral level programs.

  • RES-ME 5703Thesis Writing (thesis option only)1 Credit

    The methods of preparing, organizing, and presenting research findings using scientific writing format will be reviewed for completing a thesis. This course is required for the Master of Science degrees in Oral Biology and Dental Hygiene Education.

  • RES-ME 5704Introduction to Biostatistics3 Credits

    A lecture/seminar course required for students pursuing a master's degree. This course focuses on an in-depth coverage of statistical designs commonly found in dental research, statistical techniques associated with these designs, application to them via the use of a computer based statistical software analysis package, and the interpretation of statistical tests. Prerequisite: RES-ME 5700.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $377.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $436.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1131.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1308.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $973.30
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $1032.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2919.90
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $3097.20
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $377.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $436.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1131.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1308.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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