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Department of Education

Master of Arts in Education

Our program helps educators assume enhanced and more focused leadership roles in their schools. We foster an ethic of teaching with passion for learning, persistence in seeking insights, and creativity. The coursework and projects help educators make strong connections between student learning, social concerns, and the educational system.

Through close interactions with faculty and other students, master's students broaden their understanding of the theoretical and methodological aspects of teaching and administration by articulating what they know, asking meaningful questions about their practice, relating their practice to the professional literature, and capitalizing on opportunities for assessment.

Through collaboration with departments across the university, we integrate ideas across disciplines, identify generative topics as the basis for curricula, and explore connections between our students' interests across disciplines.

  • Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of working teachers/administrators.
  • Courses are designed so that students can tailor the coursework to their interests.
  • Disciplines such as art, math, science, music, etc. can be the focus of the emphasis area in the M.A. Ed. program.

Four areas of emphasis

  • Level I Administrative Services - combined credential and M.A. Ed. program
  • Level II Special Education - combined credential and M.A. Ed. (Credential programs can also be taken separately)
  • Curriculum and instruction - study curriculum development and discipline specific pedagogy often leading to the development of new curriculum in art, science, mathematics, or other areas of specialization.
  • Special Studies - a unique opportunity to work on areas of interest including alternative education, discipline specific research in mathematics, child development, etc. The program is flexible and tailored to the specific areas of interest of the student.
  • For more information, see our Masters in Education Handbook and Admissions Guide.


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