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Education, M.A. (Core)

College of Education and Human Services

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

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 30-33 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,

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 2.7

Entrance Exam: N/A

See Admission Requirement Details Below

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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 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Admission with stipulations 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.

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


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


EDL 797Field Study


EDL 798Thesis


Option 2 (6 hours)

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

EDU 660Methods of Educational Research


EDU 776Seminar: Issues in Education


* The Integrated Science concentration is on hiatus.

Option 3 (6 hours)

For a Concentration in Training & Development, select:

EDL 600Research in Educational Leadership


EDL 797Field Study


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.


Select one of the following:

Community College Concentration

Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

Training and Development Concentration