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The Master of Arts degree with a major in Education is designed for students who wish to pursue research and who wish to continue studies beyond the master's degree level. Students can pursue the MA in Education in any of three academic departments in Education:

  • Educational Leadership and Foundations
  • Educational Psychology and Special Services
  • Teacher Education

Admission Requirements

  • A satisfactory undergraduate grade point average (GPA) 3.0.
  • A current resume.
  • A written statement by the applicant describing personal and professional goals as related to the focus of the M.Ed. programs in Teacher Education.
  • International students whose first language is not English must score 550 (paper based) or higher on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

The admission factors will be reviewed holistically to assess the potential of the applicant.  The successful applicant would typically have an undergraduate upper division GPA of 3.0 or higher that demonstrates focus on academics, a current resume that demonstrates basic knowledge in education, and a written statement that demonstrates maturity and commitment to Education.

Plan of Study

Applicants must also submit an acceptable plan of study to the Graduate Advisor, representing the Graduate Studies Committee of the selected department. The plan must be submitted and approved by the academic department and by the Graduate School during the student's first term of enrollment.

Thesis

A thesis and an oral defense, both satisfactory to the Graduate Studies Committee of the academic department, must be completed to meet degree requirements.

Educational Leadership and Foundations

The Master of Arts degree in Education is a college-wide degree designed for students specializing in education who wish to pursue research and to continue studies beyond the master's degree. The department offers a M.A. in Education with focus on educational administration and leadership in higher education.

Focus on Educational Administration and Higher Education Leadership

The M.A. in Education with focus on educational administration and leadership in higher education requires the following courses which are taken in the same order as in the MEd with focus on leadership in higher education.

Foundation Courses
EDAD 5310Administrative Leadership3
EDAD 5312Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 5340School Community Leadership3
Higher Education Courses
All students enrolled in the M.A. in Education program with focus on higher education will complete 15 semester hours in higher education.
EDAD 5390Introduction to Higher Ed3
EDAD 5393Higher Education Law3
EDAD 5394Higher Education Governance3
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Ed Leadrshp in Diverse Society
Ed Prgm Planning & Evaluation
Ethics of Leadershp in Educ.
Educational Policy Development
Student Development Theory
Research Courses
EDRS 5305Educ. Research and Statistics3
EDRS 5306Qualitative Research3
Thesis Courses
A thesis and oral defense must be satisfactorily completed to meet the M.A. in Education degree requirements.
EDAD 5398Thesis Research3
EDAD 5399Thesis Writing3

Admission Requirements for the MEd and M.A. in Education Degrees

Students seeking admission to the MEd and the M.A. in Education must complete the following prior to the semester in which they first plan to enroll. Application deadlines for the department can differ from those of the Graduate School.

  • Unconditional admission into the MEd and M.A. in Education degree programs requires the following:
    • Application for admission to the Graduate School;
    • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university;
    • Attainment of an undergraduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00; or
    • Attainment of an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.00 in all upper division undergraduate coursework;
    • Evidence of successful completion of at least 12 semester hours of coursework in upper-division undergraduate coursework in professional education;
    • A written statement by the applicant describing personal and professional goals as related to the focus of the MEd and M.A. programs in Educational Administration.
  • Conditional admission can be granted to applicants who have been denied unconditional admission to the program. The Admissions Review Committee of each program will consider and make recommendations to admit applicants conditionally. Terms of any conditional admittance will be determined on an individual basis, and will be specified in writing to the Graduate School and to the applicant.

Educational Psychology and Special Services

The Master of Arts degree is designed for students who wish to pursue research and to continue studies beyond the master's degree level. Students can work with the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services, specifically in the areas of Educational Diagnostician, Guidance and Counseling, and Special Education, to develop a plan of study. This 30-semester-hour thesis program is described above under the College of Education introductory section.

Teacher Education

The Master of Arts in Education is a college-wide degree. It is designed to prepare students to pursue research and to continue studies beyond the master's degree. Students in the Master of Arts in Education program submit a thesis and do not take a comprehensive exam. The Master of Arts involves:

  • A plan of study with 24 semester hours of coursework
  • Thesis proposal describing research and approved by the committee
  • Thesis research for six (6) semester hours
  • Successful defense of the thesis to faculty committee

Students work with their Graduate Advisor to develop the plan of study. They select a committee of at least three professors (one of whom is outside the department) to guide the thesis study. The 30 semester hours of coursework and thesis described above must be completed within six (6) years.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

Master of Arts in Education (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
EDAD 5310Administrative Leadership3
EDAD 5312Instructional Leadership3
EDAD 5340School Community Leadership3
EDAD 5390Introduction to Higher Ed3
EDAD 5393Higher Education Law3
EDAD 5394Higher Education Governance3
EDAD 5398Thesis Research3
EDAD 5399Thesis Writing3
EDRS 5305Educ. Research and Statistics3
EDRS 5306Qualitative Research3
Total Hours30