Master of Arts in Education

The M.A. in Education is designed specifically for educators who wish to assume leadership roles within and beyond the classroom.  With this degree, students can customize a program of study or add a certificate or endorsement in one of many areas:  Learning Behavior Specialist 1, English as a Second Language, PK-12 Education Technology Specialist, Legal Aspects of Education, Higher Education Online Pedagogy, and Leadership and Learning. 

The master’s degree requires the completion of 40 semester credit hours of course work.



Advising is conducted by the M.A. in Education Coordinator in consultation with the department chair. Initial advising must be completed by the end of the student’s first semester. The M.A. in Education Coordinator assists students in planning their program of study and refers students to the Career Development Center at for career planning. 

Continuous Enrollment

If EDL 586 is not completed during initial enrollment, students must register for EDL 598 for zero credit hours (one billable hour) during all fall and spring semesters until the project is completed.


Grading Policy

Students 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 M.A. Education degree:

EDL 541Educational Research Methods4
or EDL 505 Introduction To Research
Educational Leadership
EDL 585Foundations of Online Learning4
EDL 542Action Research for Leadership4
EDL 543Assessment for Learning4
or EDL 511 School Improvement
Master’s Closure
EDL 586Capstone Project 14
Approved electives - EDL 500-level electives 220
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 MA Online *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/A Department Chair and M.A. Education Program Coordinator Yes, conditional admits must maintain minimum GPA of 3.00 in first 8 credit hours of EDL courses. Yes, appeal to Dean