Masters of Arts in Education (MAE) Program

The MA in Education Program is designed for those who are currently working in education or related field. With a flexible curriculum and guaranteed class availability, students complete the Master’s degree in two full-time and three half-time quarters.

There are two distinct strands of content in the program. The research strand consists of a series of courses that support the learner in understanding educational research and preparing them for individual inquiry into their classroom experience. The other courses support the student in learning foundations of educational leadership, focusing in particular on sociological and curricular perspectives of schools, leadership, and resilience education. Students are encouraged to develop their own interests within the education field and to pursue self-designed learning experiences with the guidance of faculty.

Highlights of the MA in Education program include:

  • Evening and weekend classes tailored to fit the schedules of working educators
  • MAE faculty members provide mentoring throughout the program and beyond
  • Program begins in Fall Quarter (with Summer or Winter start options)
  • Small, highly interactive classes
  • Final project individualized to fit professional goals


Program Design for MAE

Developing leadership skills requires more than the study of theories and models. It also requires action and reflection.

During one of the first experiences in the program, students enroll in an introductory course on Social Justice and Educational Leadership. This course offers students the opportunity to assess their current understanding of educational reform movements, and learn about social justice issues in educational leadership. This first quarter includes not only academic courses but also the building of a collegial community with others in the program.

In the first three quarters, students enroll in required curricular and leadership courses focusing on school reform from historical, social, political and current perspectives. These core courses are designed to give all students a solid background and working knowledge of organizational change, perspectives on social change, and leadership in educational reform.

In each of five quarters, MAE students enroll in one research course. These courses begin with an overview of educational research practices and build throughout the program as students engage in their own research. Students also choose elective courses in areas of their specific interest.


Program Features

  • Tailored to meet individual student interests
  • Small student cohort working within a supportive, collaborative environment
  • Caring faculty with expertise in educational leadership
  • Focused research in teacher’s own classrooms or other environments
  • Research that is relevant to the individual candidate
  • Opportunities to present graduate research


Candidates are sought who have been in the educational field for at least three years and have strong academic experience. Candidates should have an interest in examining their own practice, working with colleagues, and pursuing their professional dreams.

MAE Graduation Requirements

  • Curriculum (45 Units)
  • Residency: two full time and three half time quarters
  • Thesis