Master of Arts in Education

Purpose of the Program

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) is a 56-hour program designed for church and marketplace leaders called to serve in educational ministry to help them develop educational knowledge and equip them for educational practice. This is accom- plished by integrating the history of education with educational psychology, life-span development, current learning theories, curriculum design, and methodologies all within the framework of a biblical worldview. The program is designed to assist leaders who desire to serve or currently serve in an educational capacity. In order to complete the program students must take 24 hours of core courses and choose interdisciplinary courses or courses from one of three emphases: early childhood education, adolescent education, or adult education and care. The program is for the following:

  1. Educators and workers in positions where the master’s degree will allow entrance into a Christian vocation which would not otherwise be possible;
  2. Those who wish to gain expertise in the field of education and enhance their pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills; and

  3. Those who wish to develop appropriate learning experiences and assessment instruments to advance student learning in an interdisciplinary program or specifically to teach and mentor children, adolescents, or adults.

Note: 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.


The standard academic prerequisites for the MAEd is a baccalaureate degree form an accredited institution. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must have read and signed that they are in agreement with and will uphold the Doctrinal Statement, that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the Application for Admission.

  1. Understand Christian values and ethics and manifest personal integrity and a broad base of education knowledge supported by educational psychology and relevant teaching/learning theories;

  2. Acquire an understanding of and appreciation for the history of education and its theological and philosophical under- pinings, including the political, economic, and social forces that influence educational leaders today;

  3. Integrate knowledge of content and curriculum to design appropriate instruction;

  4. Acquire and integrate a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning;

  5. Integrate skills in communication and research to enhance the learning experience and increase sensitivity to learner’s needs; and

  6. Manifest behaviors of a reflective practitioner and educational leader in a culturally diverse world.


Core Curriculum (24 hours)
ED 5563 History and Philosophy of Education4
ED 6564 Advanced Learning Theories and Teaching Strategies 4
ED 6566 Advanced Curriculum Design and Implementation 4
ED 7564 Advanced Educational Psychology 4
ED 7572 Instructional Leadership in Education 4
ED 7574 Current Trends in Education 4
Early Childhood Education Emphasis (32 hours)
EC 5552 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 4
EC 5556 Children’s Social Development and Learning 4
EC 6520 Children’s Social Development and Learning 4
Electives (4) 16
ED 7585 Education Leadership Practicum or
ED 7588 Education Summative Writing (capstone)
Adolescent Education Emphasis (32 hours)
ED 5582 Psychology of Adolescence 4
ED 5584 Psychological Measurement and Career Development 4
ED 6588 Parenthood and the Adolescent 4
Electives (4) 16
ED 7585 Education Leadership Practicum or
ED 7588 Education Summative Writing (capstone)
Adult Education and Care Emphasis (32 hours)
ED 7566 Gerontology and Education 4
ED 7568 Foundations of Adult Learning Theory 4
ED 7570 Educational Empowerment for the Adult Learner 4
Electives (4) 16
ED 7585 Education Leadership Practicum or
ED 7588 Education Summative Writing (capstone)
Interdisciplinary Studies (32 hours)
Electives (7) 28
ED 7585 Education Leadership Practicum or
ED 7588 Education Summative Writing (capstone)
Total Hours = 56


Program Application

Download the Master’s Program Application

Note: Before beginning any graduate program, students intending to seek ordination or licensing for Christian ministry and/or vocational opportunities (religious or secular) should be knowledgeable of the specific requirements of their denomination, synod, religious organization, military association, or vocational institution to determine the applicability of this degree to meet those goals.