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Master of Arts in Education Degree Requirements

Mount Mary University’s Master of Arts in Education degree program offers professional development for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school teachers. The graduate program uses reflective practice to foster your professional development as an instructional decision maker and introduces you to relevant techniques to apply in your classroom.

Prerequisite Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Arts in Education graduate program, you must have teacher certification in Wisconsin or another state. If you don’t have teacher certification, contact your admission counselor for more information.

Degree Requirements & Completion Time

The 30-credit Master of Arts in Education program is designed to be completed at your own pace. Courses are offered on evenings during the school year or during the daytime or evenings in the summer. Depending on the number of courses you take each semester, you can finish the program in two to three years.

Component 1: Required Professional Courses (12 credits)

This component focuses on understanding of children and adolescents and the conditions under which learning takes place, organization of curricula, implementation of effective instructional strategies, and social and cultural issues influencing educational policies and practices. Required courses include:

  • EDU 700: Diversity Among Learners
  • EDU 715: Seminar – Issues & Problems Affecting Education
  • EDU 740: Curriculum & Assessment
  • EDU 742: Instructional Strategies

Component 2: Subject Area Specialization (12-18 credits)

Choose from two different specialization paths:

  • Special Emphasis Option: Take a minimum of 9 credits in a single subject area such as art, adaptive education, English or reading, or Waldorf Education. Special emphases in adaptive education (12 credits) and reading (18 credits) meet requirements for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) licenses.
  • Practice-based Emphasis Option: Take courses in your subject area(s) and other areas having direct application to your classroom practice. You may choose from a wide array of electives. Courses do not need to be in a single subject or interest area. 

Consult the Graduate Bulletin (PDF) for a list of specialization course options. 

Component 3: Inquiry and Instructional Project (6 credits)

Apply your knowledge, pedagogical expertise and craftsmanship to a classroom-based action research project. Courses for this component are:

  • EDU 705: Introduction to Professional Inquiry
  • EDU 706: Instructional Project

See complete degree requirements and a listing of courses in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF).

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 credits or 30 percent of total program credits, whichever is greater, may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with the approval of the program director. All transfer credits must be at a grade B or better, and must be documented with official transcripts. Credit earned prior to admission will be evaluated during the admission process only.