Demonstrate your commitment to a career in education with your Master of Arts in Education online degree from Ashford University. Make an impact on our nation's schools with the expertise that derives from an advanced degree in education.
Dr. Andrew Shean is the Executive Dean of the College of Education at Ashford University. He earned his Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management degree from Alliant International University and holds an MA in Education and a BA in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado. Read his full bio.
Online Education Master's Degree Focus
The Master of Arts in Education degree at Ashford University is designed to present a foundational perspective and increased specialization for educational leaders. Your core courses define the foundation of knowledge and skills for you to provide instruction to diverse populations. You will study in depth those areas that most influence educational institutions, including instructional methods, curriculum design, assessment strategies, advanced pedagogical theory, and principles of leadership. Your specialization options are composed of courses that you can select for yourself, based on your personal interests and expertise.
You will benefit from opportunities to advance your career with a degree in education at the Master's level. While teaching positions may only require state certification, most school districts require candidates to hold a Master of Arts in Education degree before advancing to senior management positions. Among the many education careers available to graduates are:
- School Leader
- District Office Administrator
- Program Director
- Dean of Students
- School Board Member
- Curriculum Developer
- Educational Consultant
- Education Policy Analyst
Sharpen the focus of your online education when you select your specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree. Set your course to reach the pinnacle of your education career. Choose from the following specializations:
Child Development (12 credits)
Tailor your teaching to children at all levels. Choose the Child Development specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to build awareness and understanding of the natural milestones in child development. The Child Development specialization allows you to examine developmentally appropriate methods for teaching young children. You will learn to establish partnerships with families and communities, customize instruction for specific learners, and identify developmental levels in education.
Curriculum & Instruction (15 credits)
Be an agent for change. Focus your Master of Arts in Education degree with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction to build the skills to develop both an engaging curriculum and a caring and responsive learning environment. The Curriculum and Instruction specialization covers such diverse topics as systems thinking, metacognition, and differentiated instruction. You will learn to introduce change in education by designing instructional models for increased achievement.
Early Childhood Education (12 credits)
Launch your career as an expert in child development when you select the Early Childhood Education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree. Strengthen your skills as an educator for young people. The Early Childhood Education specialization covers language acquisition, classroom management, and the impact of families and communities on schools. You will learn to design primary-school curricula, deliver differentiated instruction to children, and collaborate with parents and communities.
English Language Learner (12 credits)
Teach the whole world when you choose the English Language Learner specialization in conjunction with your Master of Arts in Education degree. Gain an understanding of the implications of diverse languages for student learning and achievement, as well as techniques for teaching English. The English Language Learner specialization focuses on addressing the needs of those for whom English is not the first language. You will study integrative strategies and methods, in addition to English syntax, grammar, and pronunciation.
Exceptional Systems for Revolutionizing Education(12 credits)
The Exceptional Systems for Revolutionizing Education specialization is designed to empower students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in the field of education who seek to establish committed, courageous, collaborative, creative, and character-centered ways to promote college readiness for all learners. You will learn about specific elements and structures that contribute to successful schools and classrooms and how to replicate those in any educational setting. The specialization is open to learners with a Bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited university, and it is especially appropriate for those who are interested in educational leadership or administrative roles in the field of education.
Family & Community Services (12 credits)
a stand for families. Choose the Family & Community Services specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to build parent and community involvement. The Family & Community Services specialization trains you to work in community service positions, including: child welfare, social work, mental health, family counseling, and community outreach.
Higher Education (12 credits)
If you aspire to teach in a college or university, these courses are for you. Choose the Higher Education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to understand the relationships between planning and adult learning at the course, program, and institutional levels. The Higher Education specialization explores factors that affect adult learning, and the organizational cultures that promote or inhibit learning. You will examine curriculum, assessment, and student development in the post-secondary environment.
Reading Literacy (12 credits)
Open new worlds when you choose the Reading Literacy specialization in conjunction with your Master of Arts in Education degree. Gain an understanding of the necessary skills for instruction in reading and writing. The Reading Literacy specialization includes intervention strategies for struggling readers. You will study reading comprehension, young adult literature, and reading skills assessment.
School Leadership in the 21st Century (12 credits)
Set yourself apart as an educational leader prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. With the specialization in the Master of Arts in Education in School Leadership in the 21st Century, you can be an exceptional leader who implements research-based strategies for teaching, learning, and leadership in schools. You will be at the forefront of educational leadership while working with diverse learners and their families, helping others to understand the needs of 21st century learners, and by providing a mission- and learner-centered environment.
Special Education (12 credits)
Open up education to all students. Select the Special Education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to support the needs of exceptional students in school programs. The Special Education specialization allows you to respond to students' diverse abilities and styles as you provide equitable learning. You will learn classroom management, as well as how to identify disabilities and special abilities.
The online courses in this graduate curriculum are taught by advanced-degree faculty with real-world experience in the subjects they teach.
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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions
An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.
* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Alabama Students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-353-8567 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits. State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu.
Georgia Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Georgia. In Georgia, an alternative route to certification is not available
Hawaii Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Hawaii. In Hawaii, an alternative route to certification is not available.
Kentucky Residents: Please be advised that although Ashford University College of Education offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing potential educators in diverse settings, our K-12 educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.
Washington Residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
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If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.
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