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Degree: Master of Arts in Education

Degree: Master of Arts in Education

The USU College of Education offers degree and certification programs that prepare students for successful careers in education and teaching. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, science, social science, music, physical education, Spanish or English can complete a teaching credential in little over a year. Students who have already earned a teaching credential and a bachelor’s degree – and would like to advance their careers into school administration – can pursue a Master of Arts in Education.

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Tuition Rate:
$12,000 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$250 per month for 48 months


Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Write and present scholarly essays on policy, programs and issues relating to education and education leadership.
  2. Apply quantitative and qualitative research to practical problems in education.
  3. Effectively gather, analyze and integrate information to guide practice.
  4. Critically analyze the historical, social, economic, and political influences on education institutions and practices.
  5. Identify and analyze social, legal and ethical issues that arise in education practices and institutions.
  6. Analyze research and theories exposing inequities in educational access, opportunities and practices; propose solutions to enhance rather than restrict opportunities.
  7. Collaborate in a community of practice.
  8. Develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery in the area of education and include 21st century knowledge and skills.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to secure admission to to the Master of Arts in Education degree program, prospective students must:

  • Have earned the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Submit official transcripts from the bachelor degree-awarding institution(s), and any post-bachelor degree institution including any master’s degrees or credits. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a University acceptable agency.
  • Have a Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

MAED students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (Cumulative GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a standard 4.0 scale) at the end of each semester.

TUITION & COST

Per Credit Hour: $275
Per Academic Year: $4,950
Estimated Tuition: $12,000 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan: $250/month for 48 months

COMPLETION TIME

3 semesters/12 months*

*Dependent on course load

Core Requirements
24 Credits
Specializiation Requirements
12 Credits
Master of Arts in Education: Total
36 Credits

Core Requirements

MAE 500: Psychology of Education

This course provides an overview of education and learning theories. Classical paradigms and current pedagogical theory and research will be discussed. Current pedagogical research and learning theories will be presented. Students will be able to discuss and criticize different teaching practices.

3 Credits

MAE 502: Concepts in Educational Inquiry

This course is designed to provide students a foundation to inquiry and research in education. The goal of the course is to provide students the tools to understand research and publications in the field of education, and provide basic tools for developing research and advance the profession of the field of education.

3 Credits

MAE 504: Legal Aspects of Education

This course will explore topics in education law and ethics with a focus on legislative enactments and cases which had a major impact on the education profession. Topics including: Elementary and Secondary Education Act, students with disabilities, sexual harassment and violence on campus. The course will also survey legislative.

3 Credits

MAE 506: Cultural Perspectives in Education

This course provides an understanding of current issues and foundations of cultural perspectives in America. Multicultural topics, including race, gender, and other constructs of difference are explored. The foundations of multicultural education are examined and practical aspects of implementing multicultural education are addressed with the focus remaining on the theoretical and conceptual aspects of multicultural education.

3 Credits

MAE 508: Teaching Subject Matter with Technology

This course will examine the role of technology in the evolution of American education. Students will be introduced to the history and evolution of technologies and their impact on the field of education and the implications therein. Topics to be covered in this course include: how technology can be used to support student learning, the role on technology in the development and evolution of education, different types of digital technological advances, the role of computers in the classroom, and current and future technological trends. Further areas of discussion will include an overview of the challenges and possibilities of using technology in educational environments.

3 Credits

MAE 510: Theories of and Approaches to Literacy

The focus of this course is to explore the meaning of literacy and to examine literacy practices in the U.S. and abroad.

3 Credits

MAE 512: Assessment in Education

This course is a critical overview of the history and role of assessment in education and an appraisal assessment practices and strategies.

3 Credits

MAE 599: Capstone

This capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their Masters of Arts in Education. Students will also assess the impact of their educational experiences on their ethical perspectives and critical thinking skills. Students will reflect on and evaluate their personal and professional growth, the benefits of lifelong learning, and the impact of these elements on their future.

3 Credits

Specialization in K-12 Administration and Leadership

MAE 551: Managing Organizational Culture: Elementary, & Secondary School Organization

In this course the modern U.S. K-12 School is thoroughly examined as is the role of the principal in fostering a school culture and ethic supportive of continuously improving curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. Students are also introduced to theoretical administrative organizational foundations of management and leadership of educational programs and institutions.

3 Credits

MAE 555: Leading for Assessment & Accountability

In this course students will examine research-based models for ensuring school effectiveness, accountability, and continuous quality improvement. Considered are norm-referenced and criterion-referenced testing, standardized test score interpretation, data mining, data analysis, data reporting, and using data-based decision making to improve student achievement. California’s system of school accountability and grading is studied.

3 Credits

MAE 557: Leading School Communities in a Pluralistic Society

In this course strategies to promote school and community cooperation and partnering are examined, as are methods of effectively communicating with multiethnic students, parents, teachers, and other staff. Best practices for managing and effectively using school advisory committees will be examined and leadership and advocacy skills will be developed.

3 Credits

MAE 561: Leading for Learning and Development of the School Community

This course focuses upon research-based, practical approaches for leading, managing, and evaluating the training and development function in organizations. It explores the role of training and development in achieving individual and organizational goals, as well as strategies and resources used in effective personnel development. Students analyze how to: develop, manage and evaluate the training function; identify strategies and resources for effective training management; and diagnose how the organization’s culture and needs affect the selection and success of training management efforts.

3 Credits

Specialization in Early Childhood Education Requirements

MAE 535: Curriculum Across Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners

This course focuses on the design and implementation of individualized and culturally responsive learning opportunities and curriculum for young children with and without disabilities in inclusive early childhood environments (i.e., child care centers, preschool, Head Start, early elementary school). Students will deepen their understanding of and ways of responding to young learners with a wide range of abilities and diverse backgrounds. Curricula and materials will be examined and evaluated as related to state standards.

3 Credits

MAE 537: Developing Language, Literature & Communication of Diverse Young Learners

This course examines strategies to develop language, literacy, and communication in young children with varying abilities. It explores the importance of adult-child interaction and the effect of bilingualism, cultural diversity, cognitive ability, and language disorders.

3 Credits

MAE 539: Methods of Teaching Early Childhood

This course provides a foundation in program content and methodology for the teaching of language and literacy, the arts, and physical activity and physical education to young children, including children with special needs. Curricular content, modifications, integration of content area standards, the impact of new technology, and cultural and sociopolitical contexts are explored.

3 Credits

MAE 541: Maintaining an Effective Learning Climate

This course examines developmentally effective strategies used in managing a positive learning environment within the framework of today’s diverse early childhood population. Topics include models of discipline, establishing expectations and procedures, motivating children, family communication, managing disruptive children, technology integration, and materials management and record keeping.

3 Credits

Specialization in Higher Education Administration Requirements

MAE 591: Higher Education Administration and Leadership

The course focuses on strategic leadership and decision making, specifically in the context of the higher educational setting. The course examines contemporary leadership theories, with emphasis on transformational and transactional leadership styles. Application of principles of organizational change, team dynamics, strategic planning and other topics that a leader of higher education need to know to successfully lead organizations of higher learning.

3 Credits

MAE 592: The Community College

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the structures, functions, policies, major issues, and concerns within the community college system, and provides opportunities to engage in an amalgam of thoughtful analysis to address community college matters and issues through readings, discussions, research, and leadership.

3 Credits

MAE 594: Student Services

This course will provide a broad overview of the many functional areas of student services in higher education institutions. Students will be in introduced to theoretical underpinnings of student services as well as reflect upon their own philosophy and values as it relates to various student services areas. Topics to be covered include: the historical development of higher education institutions and student services, issues impacting diverse populations and campus climate, theoretical underpinnings of student service areas, organizing and managing programs, and future developments in the field.

3 Credits

MAE 596: Human Resources Management in Higher Education

The course examines the Human Resources function in higher education and explores how Human Resources can become a transformative department.

3 Credits

Specialization in Special Education Requirements

MAE 515: Literacy Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities

The course focuses on language development and the relationship between language and reading acquisition for students with mild disabilities. Students will learn concepts central to typical and atypical language development; language achievements at different ages; concepts of emergent literacy, models of reading acquisition and skilled reading.

3 Credits

MAE 519: Classroom & Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom

This course focuses on children with special needs. It provides an overview of behavioral disturbances in the classroom. Medical, behavioral and socio-cultural interventions will be explored with an emphasis on creating positive classroom environments that enable students with learning and behavior problems to participate productively in the classroom learning community. Embracing a philosophy of inclusion, diversity is celebrated. It examines and applies an approach of differentiated learning to meet the strengths and needs of a wide range of children in the classroom.

3 Credits

MAE 521: Content Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities

This course focuses on expanding the understanding of development and cognition in and academic and functional performance of students with disabilities, how these are similar to and different from all developing students, and how this understanding informs the teaching of students with disabilities in the primary and middle school environments. Another area of exploration is the ways in which these differences need to be addressed within a standard aligned system that demands high expectations of students with disabilities so that they have true access to the general education curriculum. This course will enhance the development of a range of instructional supports and use of validated practices in prospective teachers for inclusive settings, especially in content area subjects, but also the supporting skills of reading, written language and math, that are necessary for success in today’s classrooms.

3 Credits

MAE 523: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Implications

This course is designed to prepare teachers to work in a variety of environments serving children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including the general education classroom, inclusive settings and specialized settings. Evidence-based practice, philosophical approaches, and specific intervention techniques are examined. These practices are considered within the continuum of services and collaborative models utilized in designing effective instructional environments for students with ASD. Attention is given to current and evolving research related to etiology, brain function, and early intervention as well as Applied Behavior Analysis, PECS and TEACHH practices.

3 Credits

Specialization in Effective K-6 STEM Education Requirements

MAE 529: Methods of STEM Education – Challenges and Opportunities

This course will take a critical look at the need for STEM education in today’s educational curriculum. Students will develop a STEM action plan for their own institution. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental teaching methods of STEM; scientific inquiry, project based learning and design thinking.

3 Credits

MAE 522: Teaching Mathematics and Engineering in Elementary Schools

This course will investigate how engineering can be utilized to enhance mathematics in the elementary classroom. The very nature of STEM requires an integration of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics thus while this course is focused on mathematics and engineering, there will be some overlap of science and technology. Within this course students will investigate opportunities for including engineering into their mathematics curriculum and develop lesson plans that integrate the two subjects.

3 Credits

MAE 525: Teaching Science in Elementary Schools

This course will take a deep look at the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students will examine and analyze the three dimensions that make up the NGSS as well as the conceptual shifts that set NGSS apart from previous science pedagogy. Given that the nature of NGSS integrates science and engineering, students will explore how to incorporate the M and T dimensions of STEM into NGSS. Lastly, students will reflect on their own science teaching practices and how they can move toward a more integrated approach to teaching.

3 Credits

MAE 526: Coding, Robotics and 1:1 Devices

This course will examine the role of technology in today’s classroom. Students will be exposed to resources for teaching coding and robotics with their students. In addition, students will gain a basic knowledge of coding so that they may better teach it to their students. The course will also examine critical pedagogy for working with devices in the classroom.

3 Credits

Specialization in Effective 7-12 STEM Education – Computer Science and Technology Requirements

MAE 529: Methods of STEM Education – Challenges and Opportunities

This course will take a critical look at the need for STEM education in today’s educational curriculum. Students will develop a STEM action plan for their own institution. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental teaching methods of STEM; scientific inquiry, project based learning and design thinking.

3 Credits

Specialization in Effective 7-12 STEM Education – Math and Engineering Requirements

MAE 529: Methods of STEM Education – Challenges and Opportunities

This course will take a critical look at the need for STEM education in today’s educational curriculum. Students will develop a STEM action plan for their own institution. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental teaching methods of STEM; scientific inquiry, project based learning and design thinking.

3 Credits

Specialization in Effective 7-12 STEM Education – Natural Science Requirements

MAE 529: Methods of STEM Education – Challenges and Opportunities

This course will take a critical look at the need for STEM education in today’s educational curriculum. Students will develop a STEM action plan for their own institution. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental teaching methods of STEM; scientific inquiry, project based learning and design thinking.

3 Credits

MAE 586: Teaching Technology in Secondary Science

This course will examine the role of technology in the science classroom. Students will be exposed to modeling and lab simulation software and how these tools can further student understanding. The course will also examine critical pedagogy for working with devices in the classroom.

3 Credits

MAE 587: Teaching Engineering in Secondary Science

This course will investigate how engineering can be utilized to enhance science in the secondary classroom. The very nature of STEM requires an integration of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics thus while this course is focused on science and engineering, there will be some overlap of mathematics and technology. Within this course students will investigate opportunities for including engineering into their science curriculum and develop lesson plans that integrate the two subjects.

3 Credits

MAE 589: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Science

This course will investigate how mathematics can be utilized to enhance science in the secondary classroom. Students will examine the Common Core State Standards mathematical practices to find relevant connections to the Next Generation Science Standards. As the final course in this series, students will develop lesson plans that integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics to further their students’ conceptual understanding.

3 Credits