Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.
College of Education Graduate Study Education - Master of Arts
The Master of Arts degree in Education is designed for experienced educators who are interested in enhancing their professional practice through online study of advanced professional knowledge related to teaching, learning, and leadership in K-12 schools. Through elective sequences of learning opportunities, students will develop one or two concentrations that focus on selected areas such as special education, technology and learning, school leadership, literacy education, and science and mathematics education. The program provides optimum flexibility for students who wish to engage in inquiry and learning that will contribute to exemplary educational practice.
The College of Education has not determined whether the Master of Arts Degree in Education (MAED) online program satisfies licensure, endorsement, or certification requirements in all states. Licensure and certification is regulated individually by states and no two are exactly alike. Some states have different levels of licensure and/or certification requirements. For example, in Michigan, the MAED online program alone does not lead to State of Michigan endorsement or initial teacher certification. Students who wish to use this program for renewal, endorsement, or certification in their home state should contact their bachelor’s certification institution or their home state department of education for applicable requirements, rules, and regulations of their home state. Students are responsible for determining whether the MAED online program will meet their home states’ requirements for certification, licensure, or otherwise advancing a student’s teaching credentials. Contact MSU’s Online MAED academic advisor with questions or, for state department of education contact information, please visit www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.
The requirements for the program must be completed within five years. In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet all requirements specified below with advisor approval.
Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Education are reviewed by College of Education faculty who look for evidence of appropriate preparation for advanced professional study at the master's level and the likelihood of success in the distance learning format. Such evidence includes applicant's prior educational record, work experience in educational settings, and a statement of professional goals that is consistent with the intellectual focus and on-line format of the program. In this statement, applicants must specify their interest in at least one area of concentration and address their personal and professional strengths that support their ability to engage in on-line learning.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Education
The program is available only online and only under Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete a total of 30 credits distributed as follows:
Completion of 9 credits of core requirements in educational autobiography and inquiry, issues in educational practice, and a capstone-synthesis course. A list of available courses can be obtained from the student's academic advisor.
Completion of a minimum of 9 credits in an area of concentration selected from such fields of study as special education, technology and learning, school leadership, literacy education, and science and mathematics education.
Completion of a minimum of 9 additional credits in a second area of concentration or in areas approved by the student's academic advisor.
A minimum of 3 credits in electives approved by the student's academic advisor.
Successful completion and exhibition of an on-line portfolio.