Instructional Processes and Strategies (IPS)

Do you have

  • A four-year degree? and
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher?

If you answered yes to both questions, you may be eligible for the Marshall University’s MA in Education, majoring in Instructional Processes and Strategies.

Marshall University’s M.A. Degree in Education with an Instructional Processes and Strategies emphasis is offered 100% online.

This advanced degree is perfect for teachers with a Bachelor’s degree in an educational field who want a Masters’ degree, but are not looking for state certification in a particular area.

Those with a four-year degree in a non-educational field are also eligible to apply.


Instructional Processes & Strategies is available as an area of emphasis within the Master of Arts in Education degree. Consider this specialization if you are interested in enriching your general knowledge of education, curriculum, and instruction at the graduate level.

Plan of Study

Admission Requirements

Transcripts verifying Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Undergraduate GPA of 2.5

Dr. Elbert Davis (Program Coordinator)
Assistant Professor
Marshall University
College of Education and Professional Development
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV  25303-1600
304-746-2024 or 1-304-696-4723

Frequently Asked Questions

This specialization is designed for qualifying individuals seeking an advanced degree. Completion of graduate level courses may lead to licensure renewal or pay increases for teachers in some states. Whether your interest is in improving as a professional or advancing in your profession, our mission is to empower you with advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions as you explore your interest in Instructional Processes & Strategies.
No.  As of Spring 2017, there is no test that needs to be taken for admission into this program.
Yes.  Graduate courses in Instructional Processes & Strategies are available 100% online, enabling you to complete your studies wherever you are.
No. This program does not lead to initial teacher licensure or added endorsement.
No.  Instructional Processes and Strategies’ students complete CI-690.

The following states recognize Marshall University’s MA in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Processes and Strategies degree.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Of course, the obvious career is teaching.  There are many other fields that value an MA in Education:

  • Government agencies, such as your state Department of Education;
  • Editors for trade publications in your field of expertise;
  • Human resources–companies need people who can lead trainings and professional development workshops;
  • Textbook and Instructional Materials Sales
  • Museum Educator, Tour Guide;
  • Residential Life Director at a college/university;
  • Online Instructor;
  • Curriculum Designer;

(Note:  this is not an exhaustive list, and employment in any career listed is not guaranteed by Marshall University.)

Absolutely!  You have to have a four-year degree from an accredited university/college, and a 2.5 GPA though.  Remember, you cannot receive teacher licensure after completing Marshall University’s MA in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Processes and Strategies degree.

Huntington Campus
Education Building Room 220
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-3131

South Charleston Campus
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304-746-1992