Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education

(MAEd degree)


The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program is designed to provide students, who are not seeking a teaching license, with the content and methods necessary to understand teaching and learning. Thematic strands such as critical thinking, curriculum, classroom management, cultural proficiency, action research, and technology are integrated throughout the curriculum. These themes add qualities to the program that are not reflected in single courses but are interwoven throughout the curriculum. The form of the MAEd program includes a purposeful use of current research findings on education as translated into practical experiences and methodologies.

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program may be completed as an option to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, which leads to a teaching license or endorsement. The program is advised for individuals who have completed an undergraduate BA or BS degree in a field other than education, and who do not complete the full teacher preparation practicum, required testing, or who are not planning to teach in the United States.

Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Build on their knowledge of subject matter as they develop pedagogical skills and research methodologies
  • Gain knowledge about the psychological, sociological, historical, and philosophical foundations of education
  • Apply these understandings to education in various settings
Professional Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Successfully use their knowledge and skills to work in support of education professionals
  • Seek employment in non-profit agencies and other organizations

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MAEd program must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree program from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of course work. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Master of arts in teaching application and application fee
  • Submit one official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Completion of the character reference statement required by Oregon TSPC
  • Three recommendations
  • A group assessment with the MAT Admission Committee

If accepted into the program, a $200 tuition deposit is required. Deadline for application is Feb. 1 for summer start, June 1 for the MAEd fall start, and Oct. 1 for a spring start. Applications may be reviewed after those dates on a space-available basis. Preference will be given to those candidates who have had experience in schools working with students in their desired authorization level as well as to those candidates who have passed the appropriate ORELA exam.

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is allowed toward the MAEd program. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

All 36 hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education program is generally 2 years in length with a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework required for graduation. However, some full-time students may complete the program in 1 year based on individual schedules. Of the 36 hours required for graduation, 21 are in prescribed MAT core education courses, and 5 practicum hours, 6 hours in MEd core courses, and 5 in area of specialization.

Other Degree Requirements

The program structure will be characterized by:

Cohort Model
Students will work in cohorts of 15 to 18 students. Cohorts will include early childhood, elementary, middle and secondary levels. Cohorts are both blended- and authorization-specific. Although they are separate cohorts, they will be blended together for certain experiences and courses.

Theory-Into-Practice Links
Practicum experiences will be a large component of the program, beginning with either an enrichment program planned and implemented by the students or a specific volunteer experience. The involvement in a variety of practicum experiences will provide opportunities to apply learning from coursework. University faculty, cooperating teachers, and administrators from local districts will be involved in collaborative efforts to plan links between coursework and application in classrooms.

Action Research
A research strand will be woven throughout the program. Students will design an action research project that will be shared at an action research symposium at the completion of the program.

Thematic Strands
Major strands, such as cultural proficiency, values, action research, and decision making, will be incorporated throughout the professional courses. Other topics such as classroom management and technology will also be integrated in several of the professional courses.

Study of the Subject Matter Knowledge and Structure
Students will research and discuss the nature and structure of the subject areas while concentrating on their major subject. They will engage in interdisciplinary discussions that will allow them to discern relationships between the subject areas.

The ability to reflect on learning about teaching and on the practice of learning will be developed in small- and large-group discussions, in journal entries, in papers, and in conferences with supervisors and cooperating teachers.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Education degree students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 36 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all core courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a designated course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).

Curriculum Plan

Education Core Courses (21 hours)
MATG 501 The Professional Educator 2
MATG 502 Structures for Teaching and Learning 3
MATG 503 Diverse Populations 3
MATG 510 Human Development with Developmental Psychology and Learning Theory 3
MATG 521 Action Research for Teachers I 2
MATG 522 Action Research for Teachers II 2
MATG 560 Foundations of Language and Literacy 3
MATG 580 Classroom Management and Behavioral Support 3
Practicum Courses (5 hours)
MATG 576 Clinical Practicum I 5
Master of Education Courses (6 hours)
MEDU 506 Research in Effective Teaching 3
MEDU 520 Curriculum and Assessment 3
Specialization (4-5 hours; students must select one specialization)
Single Subjects Specialization
MATG 555 Secondary Content Pedagogy† 2
MATG 555 Secondary Content Pedagogy 2
MATG 558 Teaching in the Middle 1
Multiple Subjects Specialization
MATG 550 Early Childhood/Elementary Level Pedagogy of Integration: Science, Social Studies, Music and Art
MATG 551 Early Childhood/Elementary Level Pedagogy in Language Arts 2
MATG 553 Early Childhood/Elementary Level Pedagogy in Mathematical Thinking

†Single Subjects Specialization students will enroll in MATG 555 Secondary Content Pedagogy according to their specific content area: art, biology, business, chemistry, family and consumer science, mathematics, music, integrated science, physics, social studies, technology education, German, Japanese, or Russian.

†Dependent on a student's academic course of study MATG 550 or 558 may not be required.

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