Master of Arts in Education

General Description:

This degree program is designed for certified teachers who are seeking an advanced degree in education. It does not lead to initial licensure as a teacher. This general education program offers the opportunity to explore a range of topics, such as curriculum, instruction, assessment, research, technology, special needs, and more. Application may be made in either elementary or secondary education.


Course Information:

Core Requirements:

CI 623 Instructional Models and Assessment Techniques
CIEC 534 Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum Area
EDF 612 Educational Evaluation
EDF 616 Advanced Studies in Human Development
EDF 621 Educational Research and Writing

Area of Emphasis:

CI 551 Writing to Learn in Content Areas
CI 559 Multicultural Influences in Education: Materials and Techniques
CI 638 Curriculum Planning
CIEC 635 Using the Internet in the K-12 Classroom
CISP 510 Intro to Instructional Practices for Exceptional Children
EDF 610 Trends and Issues in Education
EDF 619 Educational Psychology


CI 690 Capstone Experience

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Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements to the elementary or secondary MA programs are:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5
  • A test score from either the Miller Analogies Test (scaled score of 387 or higher) or Graduate Record Exam (combined score of 800 on verbal and quantitative sections).
  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts from previously attended colleges

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Additional Resources:


Contact Information:

Dr. Lisa A. Heaton
Marshall University Graduate College
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303

Ph: 304-746-2026 or 1-800-642-9842 x 6-2026


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Does this degree lead to certification as a teacher?
A. No. This degree program is designed for certified teachers who are seeking an advanced degree in education. It does not lead to initial licensure as a teacher. Those interested in gaining initial licensure as a teacher should consider either the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or Post Baccalaureate Program.

Q. How long does it take to complete the program?
A. A lot depends on how many courses you want to take per term. Most of our students are employed full time and choose to complete 2 courses per semester, occasionally taking 3 courses during a summer term. The full program is 39 hours, 13 courses. At present, we are offering 8 or 9 of the 13 required courses each semester.

Q. How long does a course last and when do classes begin and end each semester?
A. The duration for a course varies slightly by semester. Fall and Spring terms are 15 weeks and our Summer term lasts 12 weeks. We follow the same academic calendar for our online and face to face programs.

Q. How much is out of state tuition?
A. Tuition for online courses is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Select the link for online courses on the Bursar’s Office Tuition and Fees page for details.

Q. Do I need special hardware/software to participate in the online program?
A. Review the Computer Requirements for a browser check and hardware/software requirements.

Q. Are exams required for admission?
A. Applicants must complete either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT scaled score of 380 or higher) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE combined score of 800 on verbal and quantitative sections). Check with your local higher education institution regarding test dates/times/locations.