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Expand Your Knowledge and Increase Your Rank and Salary

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.

EPSB-approved curriculum focuses on education best practices and promotes knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the unique needs of different student populations. With 9 MAEd concentrations, our program is designed to meet the growing needs of school districts across the United States. Educators who complete our program are prepared to serve in a variety of roles and help students at all levels reach their full potential.

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MAEd Concentrations

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 that fulfills the requirements for Kentucky level I principal certification. The program challenges you to view yourself as a powerful, effective change agent and prepares highly qualified candidates for district-wide leadership.

Career options include: Principal 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

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

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 through a collaborative and consultative model across school and home-based settings.

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

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With EKU Online, there is no requirement to log on at a certain time, which leaves me able to schedule my week on my terms. I can complete my coursework when needed and still be involved in all the things my family enjoys doing.

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Benefits
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Benefits of EKU Online

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.

Program benefits include:

  • 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

Disciplines

EKU’s graduate education programs are divided into three disciplines:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Special Education
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Advancing in Rank

Teachers in Kentucky are held to a three-tiered rank system. By completing additional education programs, teachers are able to advance their rank, leading to increased salary and promotion potential.

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for conferring rank and rank changes. EKU prepares educators with the required coursework and experience but does not award initial rank or changes to rank.

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About Our University

Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as being one of the best online colleges in the nation.

Eastern Kentucky University is a nationally recognized public university located in Richmond, Kentucky. Established in 1874, EKU strives to make quality education available to everyone. A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 50 online programs in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety and Military Affairs.