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Master of Arts in Education - MAEd

EKU’s online master of arts in education (MAEd) degree provides certified teachers the opportunity to expand their subject knowledge, increase their rank and salary, and advance their career through promotion into administration and curriculum design.  

Our EPSB-approved curriculum focuses on education best practices and promotes knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the unique needs of different student populations.

EKU offers 9 MAEd concentrations designed to meet the growing needs of school districts across the United States. Educators leave our program prepared to serve in a variety of roles and to help students at all levels reach their full potential. 

At-A-Glance

Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 30-36 hours
Tuition: $510 per credit hour
                   $325 per credit hour for active duty military
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9 hours*
Career Options: Teacher, specialist or coach (P-12), teacher leader educator

*With departmental approval

 

What sets our program apart?
EKU is dedicated to preparing the highest quality educators and related professionals for Kentucky and beyond. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as content, effective pedagogical skills, and dispositions that foster life-long growth and learning.

  • EPSB approved
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • No campus visits required
  • Graduates are prepared to attain rank advancement in Kentucky and increase salary potential
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members
  • Assignments and action research that build critical thinking skills
  • Quality courses from respected faculty who teach the same classes online and on-campus
  • Core curriculum focused on training teachers as leaders while gaining expertise in a selected area  
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online career services assistance
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Study any time, from anywhere
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Degree concentrations

In addition to selecting a degree concentration, you can also choose from numerous graduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your content area as you are work toward your degree.

Elementary Education
Elementary education is a 30 hour program designed to help teachers certified to teach in elementary schools (P-5) improve their professional skills, expand their subject knowledge, and increase their understanding of the intellectual, philosophical and cultural foundations of effective education. 

Career options include: Elementary education teacher, specialist or coach (P-12), teacher leader educator

Gifted Education
Gifted education is a 30 hour program emphasizing gifted education best practices and promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the unique needs of gifted students. Educators leave the program prepared to serve as gifted education advocates and to help gifted students to reach their full potential. 

Career options include: Gifted education teacher; gifted coordinator (P-12); teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; specialist or coach (P-12); teacher leader educator

Instructional Leadership
Instructional leadership is a 30 hour program designed to help teachers learn the proficiency knowledge base needed to later pursue a school principal master’s degree. The program challenges you to view yourself as a powerful, effective change agent, while allowing you to strengthen your current certification area or add endorsements in other areas. 

Career options include: Teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; specialist or coach (P-12); teacher leader educator

Literacy P-12
Literacy P-12 is a 30 hour program promoting the skill sets needed to become literacy leaders at the school, district, or state level. Throughout the program, candidates will work with students and teachers in aims of providing literacy instruction that reflects current trends and issues and works to provide equitable literacy experiences for all students. Upon successful passing of the Reading Specialist Praxis, our program leads to certification as a Literacy Specialist P-12 and prepares educators to tackle both school-wide literacy challenges and address individual student needs in literacy.

Career options include: Reading specialist (P-12); reading and writing teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; literacy coach (P-12); teacher leader educator

Middle Grades
Middle Grades is a 30 hour program designed to help teachers certified to teach in middle schools (5-9) improve their professional skills, expand their subject knowledge, and increase their understanding of the intellectual, philosophical and cultural foundations of effective education. Educators leave our program prepared to enhance the middle grade learning experience and help students to reach their full potential. 

Career options include: Middle grades education teacher, specialist or coach (P-12), teacher leader educator

School Librarian
School Librarian is a 33-36 hour program designed to help certified teachers prepare to serve as school librarians and teacher leaders in P-12 schools, impacting their classrooms, districts and communities. The role of school librarians continues to evolve and requires flexible, creative individuals who can successfully implement and utilize new technology in the classroom. 

EKU’s online school librarian MAEd degree allows students to select one of two program tracks:

  • School Librarian (P-12) —Teacher Leader Core
    This program follows EKU’s standard teacher leader core.
  • School Librarian (P-12) — *Customizable Core
    This program allows students already possessing a master’s degree with teacher leader core to complete the school librarian MAEd by selecting from pre-approved cores from others areas of advanced study.

*Core options can be found in the university graduate catalog or by contacting an enrollment advisor. Students pursuing a customizable core must hold certification in their area of advanced study.

Career options include: School librarian; teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; specialist or coach (P-12); teacher leader educator

Special Education

Special education is a 30 hour program promoting the knowledge and skill sets needed to advance the quality of services and educational programs for students with disabilities. Our program options prepare individuals to work as leaders and strong change agents in early intervention and P-12 school settings.

EKU’s online special education MAEd degree allows students to select one of three program tracks:

  • Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12)
    This program focuses on best practices in both academic and behavioral strategies that  advance the quality of services and educational programs for students with disabilities.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (P-12)
    This program focuses on best practices and prepares educators to meet the individual linguistic, educational, cognitive, and social needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing across a variety of educational settings. 
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth – K)
    This program prepares individuals to implement best practices in early intervention services across school and home-based settings.

Career options include: Special education teacher or deaf education teacher in elementary, middle or high schools; Developmental Interventionist (First Steps)

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.