Masters - Education: Family & Community Services

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Are you a professional educator seeking to learn how you could reach out to families and communities to achieve a collaborative effort in education? Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services program is designed with this professional goal in mind. Read on to find out more about this master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student of Ashford University's online Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services program, you will have the opportunity to study methods and techniques in forming collaborative support systems beyond the classroom. Specialization courses are designed to focus on ways to involve parents and the community in the learning process. You'll also have the chance to examine strategies for advocating youth development, policies for supporting at-risk students, and methods for developing programs addressing cultural diversity in education. The core curriculum is designed to offer study in learning theories, assessment methods, educational technology innovations, instructional strategies, change management, and educational research methodologies. A deeper understanding of topics addressed in specialization coursework can be achieved through the completion of an extensive research project required in the program's capstone course.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before entering Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services program, you should have already earned a bachelor's degree and might also possess teacher licensure. Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills are helpful. Some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete 36 credits to earn Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services. You will take 24 credits in major coursework and 12 credits in the area of specialization.

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Major Course Requirements
EDU 650Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the 21st Century
EDU 645Learning and Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620Meeting Individual Students Needs with Technology
EDU 671Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 673Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching and Learning
EDU 675Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695Master of Arts in Education Capstone
Family and Community Services Specialization Courses
EDU 617School, Family, and Community Partnerships
EDU 635Community and Youth Development
EDU 644Child and Family Welfare
EDU 647Families, Communities, and Diversity

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Completion of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services program could prepare you to seek leadership positions in K-12 academic settings. You might also apply for positions in community learning centers, youth development centers, or nonprofit educational agencies. Licensing or certification requirements could apply in some cases.

Positions you could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst