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Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program is designed to provide you with knowledge of specialized educational practices and school leadership skills that may allow you to pursue management positions within institutions of learning. Read on to learn more about Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program features coursework designed to improve your understanding of high-level education concepts and school leadership practices. Classes in the degree program cover topics that include student assessment techniques, differentiating instruction for diverse learners, multiculturalism in schools, and pedagogical approaches to teaching. Intended to prepare you for school leadership positions, the program features intensive instruction in education supervision and management concepts. Students in the program have the opportunity to choose from one of 10 specializations based on personal interests. Specializations typically consist of a cluster of three classes that provide advanced information on an education topic you would like to understand better.

How Can I Prepare?

A bachelor's degree is required to enroll in all of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education programs. Many individuals enrolling in the program also have experience working in schools or other instructional settings. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program consists of 36-39 total credits, including 24 core credits and 12-15 specialization credits. Students who transfer credits may not be required to take all of the courses listed below.

Master of Arts in Education Courses

Course Code Course Title
Core Courses
EDU 650 Teaching, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century
EDU 692 Creativity, Culture, and Global Contexts in Education Decision Making
EDU 673 Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning
EDU 645 Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology
EDU 671 Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 675 Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695 Master of Arts in Education Capstone
Specialization Courses
Students must choose one of the following specializations
providing concentrated coursework on an education topic.
12 credits Child Development
15 credits Curriculum and Instruction
12 credits Early Childhood Education
12 credits English Language Learners
12 credits Exceptional Systems for Revolutionizing Education
12 credits Family and Community Services
12 credits Higher Education
12 credits Reading Literacy
12 credits School Leadership in the 21st Century
12 credits Special Education

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 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

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program is designed to provide training that could allow you to pursue management positions in a wide range of instructional environments. The concentration on high-level education concepts could be especially helpful toward preparing you for school administration roles.

Positions you could pursue after completing the program include:

  • Program director
  • Dean of students
  • School board member
  • Educational consultant
  • Education policy analyst