Master's Degrees

Master of Arts Degrees

The Master of Arts degrees offered by the College of Education are administered by the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, and by the Division of Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations. The generic degree requirements and specific requirements associated with individual majors and areas of concentration are described in the respective divisional sections.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is administered by the Division of Teacher Education. Both generic degree requirements and specific requirements associated with individual majors and areas of concentration are described in that section.

Master of Education

The Master of Education degree is offered in various curricular areas administered by each of the College’s academic divisions:

  • Administrative and Organizational Studies
  • Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies
  • Teacher Education
  • Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations

Specific requirements associated with individual majors and areas of concentration are presented in the respective divisional sections; generic degree requirements applicable to all Divisions are as follows:


Admission to these programs is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

For some programs, a teaching certificate is required for admission. Additional prerequisites include a satisfactory background in the area of specialization and the completion of general undergraduate academic requirements appropriate to the degree for which admission is sought. A personal interview in the chosen major may be required.


Application information is available on the Graduate Admissions website.

Degree Requirements

The minimum requirement for a Master of Education degree is thirty credits, at least twenty-four of which must be taken at the University. Many programs in the College of Education require more than the minimum, in which case those requirements take precedence. The course work for the Master of Education degree is divided into three areas: major requirements, general professional core courses, and electives. Major Requirements consist of a minimum of eight credits in the specialization selected by the student in addition to and when required the terminal seminar and thesis, essay, or project. Specific course requirements for the various majors are presented in the respective divisional sections.

The Master of Education is offered under the following options:

  • Plan A – A minimum of twenty-two credits in course work, plus eight credits for the terminal seminar and thesis
  • Plan B – A minimum of twenty-seven credits in course work, plus three credits for the terminal seminar and essay or project
  • Plan C – A total of thirty credits, essay/project or thesis not required

General Professional Requirement: Fundamental Areas and Core Courses

Philosophical and theoretical perspectives unite the College of Education in its mission to prepare educators and other professionals as agents of change for an equitable, inclusive, global society that improves the lives of children, adults, families, and community.

This goal is achieved in the Masters of Education by emphasizing the following Fundamental Areas and/or Core Courses in education, performance improvement, health, and human development:

  • Philosophical, historical, sociocultural, and political influences;
  • Impact of ecological factors on human development, health, and wellbeing across the life span;
  • Research, writing, and innovation.

Preparation includes the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions and thus can be achieved through various means, such as coursework, field experiences, research, and community engagement. Although these fundamental areas provide an overarching umbrella that unites the College, individual Divisions and Programs may articulate these philosophical and theoretical tenets in different ways.

All students in a Masters of Education program must meet the General Professional Requirement through completion of the following Fundamental Areas and/or through completion of Core Courses, which are listed below:

Fundamental Areas

Philosophical, Historical, Sociocultural, and Political Influences include:

  • Global/local education as social justice
  • Knowledge of history and systems of discipline area and implications
  • Issues of power and empowerment
  • Perspectives on inclusive society
  • Preparation for serving as agent of change

Ecological Perspectives on Development, Health, and Wellbeing include:

  • Psychology of learning across the life span
  • Knowledge of human development, child/adolescent psychology
  • Ecological influences on the quality of life issues

Research, Writing, and Innovation include:

  • Methods of evaluation & research
  • Critique of research

Core Courses

In addition to the Fundamental Areas above, the General Professional Requirement is met through completion of professional Core Courses. The student must complete three courses from three different areas chosen from those listed below. Courses within a student’s major area cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

CED 6700The Role of the Teacher in Guidance2
Educational Administration
EDA 7600The Structure of American Education2
Educational Psychology
Select one of the following:2-3
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
The Learning Process
Evaluation and Research
EER 7610Evaluation and Measurement2-3
History and Philosophy of Education
EHP 7600Philosophy of Education2-3
Special Education
SED 5010Inclusive Teaching2

Electives are those courses recommended outside the major and general professional sequences. A minimum of six credits is recommended in this area. The purpose of elective courses is to provide breadth to the student’s program.

See the individual programs in the following Divisional sections of this bulletin for specific courses required by certain program areas in the major, the general professional sequence, or the elective sections of Plans of Work.

Plan of Work: After consultation with the advisor, the master’s applicant prepares a Plan of Work for the program, setting forth the courses that will satisfy the requirements for the degree.

Candidacy: This status is established upon completion by the master’s applicant of nine credits toward degree requirements, and after filing an approved Plan of Work with the College Graduate Office, 489 Education Building. The Plan of Work MUST be filed prior to or during the term in which the applicant completes twelve graduate credits toward the degree. Failure to file a Plan of Work will preclude further registration for courses.

Time Limitations: Requirements for the Master of Education must be completed within six years after completion of the first course to be applied toward the degree.