Diabetes Education and Management MS

Master of Science (M.S.) in Diabetes Education and Management


The program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) in Diabetes Education and Management is designed for clinically prepared individuals who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the increased demand for comprehensive, evidence-based, safe, and effective diabetes care.

Graduates in the M.S. degree program are continuing on for further advanced degrees; taking leadership roles in diabetes and chronic disease management programs; developing diabetes education programs; and becoming Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) and Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Managers (BS-ADM).

Admissions Details & Program Guide

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Admissions Information

Master of Science

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15 (Summer), August 1 (Fall)

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Registration and licensure document in a health professional field required
  • Statement of Purpose should include any experience in Diabetes Education and certification

Course Requirements

Course Requirement Addendum

Multicultural Requirement (3 Credits):

Students take a 3-credit course that addresses some aspect of cultural competence, awareness, sensitivity, humility, and/or respect. This can be in any department or program at Teachers College. Advisor will review the course title and description before approving courses outside of the Health & Behavior Studies Department.

Education and Human Development (3-6 credits):

Choose at least one from the following:

  • ORLD 4051      How adults learn (3)
  • ORLD 4827      Fostering transformative learning (3)
  • ORLD 5063      Online Teaching and Learning: Applying Adult Learning Principles
  • HUDK 4029     Human cognition and learning  (3)
  • HUDK 4023     Developmental psychology: Adolescence (3) 
  • HBSD 5900      Independent Study (3)
  • HBSS 5111      Planning Health Education Programs

Master of Science (36 Points)

The Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management requires satisfactory completion of 36 course points and a master’s integrative project. The program may be pursued full-time or part-time. Part-time students are encouraged to take at least 6 credits per semester to ensure timely completion of the program.

Required Diabetes Related Core Courses  (18 points):

  • HBSD 4110     Behavior change strategies for diabetes prevention and management (3)
  • HBSD 4120     Pathophysiology of diabetes and its related complications (3)
  • HBSD 4130     Assessment of the person with diabetes (3)
  • HBSD 4140     Preventive and therapeutic interventions in diabetes management (3)
  • HBSD 4150     Diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs:  Development, implementation, and evaluation (3)
  • HBSD 4160     Pharmacology of Diabetes (3)

Additional Required Core Courses

  • HBSS 5110     Determinants of health behavior (3)
  • HBSS 5040     Research methods in health and behavior studies I (3)

Multicultural Requirement (3 Credits):

HBSS 4114 or a similar course (with permission from the student's advisor) can be taken for the multicultural requirement. 

  • HBSS 4114     Competency in multi-cultural populations (3)

Elective Courses (for a total of 9 points):

Health (3-6 credits):

Choose at least one from the following:

  • HBSS 4001     Health provider communications (3)
  • HBSS 4118     Principles of health-related behavioral and social change (3)
  • HBSS 5116     Social relations, emotions, and health (3)
  • HBSV 4000     Introduction to nutrition: Facts, fallacies, and trends (3)
  • BBSR 5095     Exercise and health (3)

Education and Human Development (3-6 credits):

Choose at least one from the following:

  • ORLD 4050     Introduction to adult and continuing education  (3)
  • ORLD 4051     How adults learn (3)
  • ORLD 4827     Fostering transformative learning (3)
  • HUDK 4029     Human cognition and learning  (3)
  • HUDK 4023     Developmental psychology: Adolescence (3) 
  • HBSD 5900     Independent Study (3)

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