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Education, M.A.

College of Education and Human Services

Note: Currently the M.A. degree in Education is only offered through Global Campus.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 30-34 hours

The Master of Arts degree in Education is designed to provide knowledge and skills for individuals required to function effectively in various positions of educational leadership. This is not a certification program for educators, as it presumes the individual is already trained and qualified in the technical aspects of her or his field.

The MA degree in Education program requires the student to complete a core of 9 semester hours, which includes an integrating experience (Capstone Project, Field Study, or Thesis). An additional 21-25 semester hours must then be completed with specific courses determined by the academic advisor. All candidates for the MA must complete a minimum of 30-34 semester hours.

For information: Kaleb G. Patrick, Ed.D., Director, 195 Ojibway Court, EHS 314, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859; 989-774-3144, maed@cmich.edu.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 3.0 for the Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

2.7 for the Training & Development Concentration or Community College Concentration

Entrance Exam: N/A

See Admission Requirement Details Below

Important Message for Prospective Students: It is highly recommended that students contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence if they are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license. CMU offers state-by-state information at http://dev.cel.cmich.edu/compliance/professionallicensure.aspx with web links to the appropriate licensing agencies. It is the responsibility of students to contact the appropriate licensing agency and to understand the requirements in their state of residence as applied to their specific situation.

Admission

Applicants for the MA in Education holding a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a college or university of recognized standing may be granted regular admission, provided they have an overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for the Curriculum and Instruction Concentration and 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for the Training and Development Concentration or the Community College Concentration. Conditional admission may be granted when the applicant does not meet the requirements for regular admission and evidence exists to support the applicant’s potential for success in the program. Admission decisions are governed by the policies of Graduate Studies.

Note: For the Integrated Science concentration, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with at least 20 semester hours of undergraduate science, including biology, chemistry, geology (or the equivalent) and possess a current teaching certificate with a science endorsement. An applicant who does not meet the foregoing requirements may be granted Conditional Admission with the understanding that additional coursework may be required. Please note: the total number of credit hours for the MA in Education: Integrated Science is 34 hours.

Program Requirements

To qualify for graduation, candidates for the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Education must meet all of the following requirements found in the Graduate Degree Requirements and the following requirements:

  1. Earned a minimum of 30-34 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit (21-25 semester hours of which must be in the area of concentration/emphasis).
  2. Earned a minimum of 18 semester hours from Central Michigan University.
  3. Submitted evidence of scholarship by meeting the Plan A or Plan B requirements.

Program Requirements

Program Core I (3 hours)

EDU 590/SPE 510Foundations for Learning, Design, and Technology in Education

3(3-0)

Program Core II (6-9 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option 1 (9 hours)

For a concentration in Community College, select EDU 600 and one of EDL 797 or EDL 798:

EDL 600Research in Educational Leadership

3(3-0)

EDL 797Field Study

1-6(Spec)

EDL 798Thesis

1-6(Spec)

Option 2 (6 hours)

For Concentrations in Curriculum & Instruction or Integrated Science, select:

EDU 660Methods of Educational Research

3(3-0)

EDU 776Seminar: Issues in Education

3(3-0)

Option 3 (6 hours)

For a Concentration in Training & Development, select:

EDL 600Research in Educational Leadership

3(3-0)

EDL 797Field Study

1-6(Spec)

Note: EDU 776 Seminar: Issues in Education, EDL 797 Field Study, or EDL 798 Thesis - Following accepted guidelines toward the end of their degree program, students are required to research, analyze and provide a plan of action relevant to a problem or opportunity within their own organization or professional field.

Concentrations

Select one of the following:

Community College Concentration

This program is designed to provide knowledge and skills for individuals to function effectively in positions of leadership student affairs administration, teaching, or training and development in a community college environment. This is not a certification program for teachers or administrators but may be utilized for professional advancement or as a base for a doctoral program in Community College Education.

Required Courses (18 hours)

Select from the following:

EDL 676Administration of Community Colleges

3(3-0)

EDL 705The Ontario College System

3(3-0)

EDL 751Program Evaluation and Review

3(3-0)

EDL 757Student Development Theory

3(3-0)

EDL 760Leadership Theory and Practice

3(3-0)

EDL 778Contemporary Issues in Higher Education

3(3-0)

Emphasis (3 hours)

Select one of the following emphases:

Administration/Student Affairs Emphasis (3 hours)
EDL 763The Academic Profession

3(3-0)

College Teaching Emphasis (3 hours)
EDL 680Foundation of Teaching in Higher Education Settings

3(3-0)

Training and Development Emphasis (3 hours)
EDL 612Methods and Techniques of Training and Development

3(3-0)

Total: 33 semester hours

Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

This program is designed to provide knowledge and skills for individuals to function effectively in positions of leadership or the teaching environment. This is not a certification program for teacher or administrators but may be utilized for professional advancement.

Required Courses (18 hours)
EDU 602Strategies and Techniques for Teaching

3(3-0)

EDU 613/MLE 613Current Educational Issues

3(3-0)

EDU 614Advanced Educational Psychology

3(3-0)

EDU 662Applied Educational Measurement and Evaluation

3(3-0)

EDU 705Theory and Practice in Curriculum Development

3(3-0)

EDU 706Theory and Practice of Instruction

3(3-0)

Emphasis (3-6 hours)

Select one of the following emphases:

Instruction Emphasis (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EDU 515Managing Classrooms and Learning Environments

3(Spec)

EDU 770Practicum in Systematic Curriculum Development

3(3-0)

Mathematics Emphasis (6 hours)

Select two specific courses in Mathematics for 3 hours each.

Reading Emphasis (6 hours)

Select EDU 603 OR EDU 606, plus EDU 540:

EDU 540Literacy Education: Theory and Practice

3(3-0)

EDU 603Elementary Diagnosis, Remediation and Differentiation of Reading

3(3-0)

EDU 606Secondary Advanced Reading Diagnosis and Instruction

3(3-0)

Total: 30-33 semester hours

Training and Development Concentration

This program is designed to provide knowledge and skills for individuals to function effectively in positions of leadership or teaching in the adult education environment. This is not a certification program for teachers or administrators but may be utilized for professional advancement.

Required Courses (21 hours)
EDL 612Methods and Techniques of Training and Development

3(3-0)

EDL 620Administration Within Diverse Populations

3(3-0)

EDL 624Planning for Instruction in Nontraditional Settings

3(3-0)

EDL 626The Adult Learner

3(3-0)

EDL 710Action Research

3(3-0)

EDL 751Program Evaluation and Review

3(3-0)

EDL 760Leadership Theory and Practice

3(3-0)

Total: 30 semester hours