Masters - Education: Higher Education

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Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education specialization program is designed to help you develop advanced knowledge of instructional and operational principles and practices in learning institutions, including within universities, community colleges, and vocational schools. Continue reading if you are interested in getting more information about Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education specialization.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education specialization program is designed to facilitate your exploration of advanced concepts, issues, and techniques that are relevant in the management of educational environments. Core coursework provides you with the chance to develop a better understanding of foundational areas of education, including student assessment techniques, curriculum design principles, research methodologies, pedagogical approaches, and instructional delivery systems. Concentration classes allow you to learn about principles and practices specific to teaching and administration roles within postsecondary settings. Classes highlight effective college-level curriculum and instructional approaches, provide an overview of American higher education, and offer guidance on student development in postsecondary environments.

How Can I Prepare?

To enroll in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education specialization program you should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Many applicants to the program also have worked in K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, or other learning environments. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education specialization consists of 36 credits: 24 core units and 12 specialization units.

Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education Specialization Requirements

Course Number Course Title
Core Courses
EDU 645 Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620 Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology
EDU 673 Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning
EDU 675 Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695 Master of Arts in Education Capstone
Higher Education Specialization Courses
EDU 657 History & Philosophy of American Higher Education
EDU 662 Curriculum & Assessment in Higher Education
EDU 653 Teaching in Higher Education
EDU 654 Student Development in Higher Education

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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

Completing course requirements for Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education - Higher Education specialization program could allow you to develop expertise that may prepare you for instructional and administration positions within institutions of learning. While you could be especially well positioned to pursue jobs in higher education, completing the program's core coursework could also make you eligible to work in K-12 schools and other learning organizations.

Positions that you may be qualified to pursue include:

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