What is the Purpose of the Master of Arts in Education Program?
The primary goal of the Master of Arts in Education program is to provide quality professional opportunities to teachers so that they can influence decision making in the classrooms, schools, and communities in which they teach.
Today's classroom teachers must be better prepared to handle a wide range of instructional and non-instructional tasks. Given tremendous sociological changes in society, the teacher for America's future classroom must be prepared to work as a social change agent, collaborating with the home and community in order to address issues of literacy and diversity. Today's teachers must be ready and willing to not only make a difference within their classrooms, but also within the school districts, and communities in which they teach. It becomes both the social and ethical responsibility of today's teacher to make a difference within the context of the classroom.
The MA in Education is a program of study for the teacher practitioner that provides for opportunities of professional growth and personal development through applicable course work and relevant experiences. Constructivist theory is integrated with faith and learning applications. The program's core addresses four areas of teacher development: peacebuilding and conflict resolution, cultures of change, social and ethical issues and action research in educational settings.
The Master of Arts in Education program consists of 36 semester hours including a required core of 12 hours, a concentration area of 21 hours and 3 hours of reflective practice through completion of an action research project. Concentration areas include literacy agent, diverse needs strategist and curriculum and instruction practitioner. A master’s degree plus a reading specialist endorsement in Virginia requires a minimum of 40 hours; Pennsylvania requires a minimum of 39 hours. A separate program for only a reading specialist endorsement/certification requires 25 hours in VA; 24 hours in PA. Programs leading to an ESL endorsement and a master’s degree require at least 39 semester hours in VA and 37 hours in PA.
NOTE: Course requirements may change as the program evolves. Candidates are accountable for the sequence of course work listed in the catalog for the year in which they entered the program.