Master of Arts in Education

www.uis.edu/edl/ or www.uis.edu/mae/
Email: edl@uis.edu or masterinedu@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6306 or (217) 206-7516
Office Location: BRK 379 

(Available Online)

The M.A. in Education (MAE) is designed specifically for teachers who wish to assume leadership roles within and beyond the classroom but who are not interested in obtaining a principal endorsement. It is conducted entirely online and is characterized by lectures, text reading, discussions, and projects, with emphasis on reflection, application, and writing. Courses include studies in teaching, leadership, research, curriculum/instruction, methodology, best practices, school improvement, technology use, and a master’s closure project. Courses in MAE meet the requirement for teacher certificate renewal. The master’s degree requires the completion of 40 semester credit hours of course work.

Advising

Advising for MAE is conducted by the MAE Coordinator in consultation with the department chair. Initial advising must be completed by the end of the student’s first semester. The MAE Coordinator assists the student in planning his/her program of studies and is also available to provide career counseling. See www.uis.edu/mae for further details.

Grading Policy

A passing grade in a MAE course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

NOTE: Students also should refer to the campus policy on Grades Acceptable Toward Master’s Degrees section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

There are four core area requirements for the MAE degree:

Research
EDL 541Educational Research Methods4
Educational Leadership
EDL 585Foundations of Teacher Leadership4
EDL 542Action Research for Leadership4
Curriculum
EDL 543Assessment for Learning4
Master’s Closure
EDL 586Capstone Project4
Approved electives20
Total Hours40
Degree Program Program Type Dept Application Materials and Admission Criteria Prerequisite Course Requirements Department ADM Review Dept Conditional Admits Dept Appeal Process
Education MAOnline*Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full admission.

*A conditional admit may be granted for an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99.

*If applicant has completed graduate academic work, cumulative graduate GPA is also considered.
N/ADepartment Chair and MAE Program CoordinatorYes, conditional admits must maintain minimum GPA of 3.00 in first 8 credit hours of EDL courses.Yes, appeal to Dean