Master of Arts in Education
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Master’s Degree in Education
If you’re a passionate educator looking for growth and advancement, pursue a Master of Arts in Education from National University. This program expands knowledge and opportunities. Candidates will learn about historical, philosophical, psychological, and social foundations of education. It will also analyze issues of educational equity and diversity, develop understanding of students with learning differences, examine the foundations of curriculum, assessment, and instruction, and use educational research to deepen critical-thinking skills.
Areas of emphasis may include advanced teaching practices, early childhood education, technology, higher education administration, special education, or inspired teaching.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
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.
- Integrate advanced approaches to instruction, assessment, and learning using digital tools and skills.
- Design learning experiences that include learner characteristics, principles of customized learning, and assessment as learning.
- Develop reflective practices that are grounded in current learning science research, professional ethics, and include pathways to continuous growth.
- Apply practitioner research methods to study and inform instruction in traditional and digital learning environments.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Whether or not a Masters of Arts (MA) in Education is worth it depends on your personal and professional goals. For many graduates, a Master’s degree in Education can lead to higher salaries and more job opportunities, especially in leadership roles or specialized fields like curriculum development or instructional design.
The main difference between a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Master of Education (MEd) is their focus and intended audience. An MAT is ideal for professionals who already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area and want to become certified to teach in that area. An MEd, on the other hand, is more focused on education theory and research, and is often pursued by educators who want to advance in their careers or specialize in areas like curriculum development or educational administration.
There are several benefits to earning a Master of Arts in Education degree, including the potential for career advancement, increased earning potential, and the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of education. Earning a Master’s in Education can equip you with advanced skills and knowledge for a variety of roles in education.
A Master of Arts in Education degree can prepare graduates for a variety of careers in education, including classroom teaching, curriculum development, educational administration, school counseling, and education policy. Masters in Education students may also want to continue their education and specialize further with a doctoral degree.
Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.
Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.
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