Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program is designed for individuals interested in seeking professional growth and advancement in educational fields. Additionally, the MAE degree program meets the needs of international students seeking a master’s degree in education. Students will complete a six-course core focused on exploring the historical, philosophical, psychological, and social foundations education; analyzing issues of educational equity and diversity; understanding learners with learning exceptionalities; examining the foundations of curriculum, assessment, and instruction; and using educational research to deepen critical-thinking skills. Students in this program will have opportunities to select a four-course specialization from a variety of areas. Note: this program is not designed for students seeking a teaching credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze diversity issues in education to support equity in educational contexts and learning practices.
  • Integrate foundational theory and skills to make subject matter comprehensible to all learners.
  • Analyze the application of educational research, evidence-based practices, and academic writing.
  • Apply theoretical foundations of education to examine personal, societal, and organizational practices.


To receive a Master of Arts in Education, students must complete 45 quarter hours of graduate work. A total of 4.5 quarter units of transferred, graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.
Requirements for the Degree (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requirements (6 courses; 27 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Candidates must also choose one of the following specializations: