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Master of Arts in Education (MAE)


Address student needs and grow as a professional.


Master of Arts (M.A.)






30 Hours

What you can do with this degree

You will be able to better contextualize education, design quality learning experiences for every student, teach and lead in educational settings.

Admission Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study (for criteria, refer to "Admission to Graduate Study").
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on the baccalaureate degree awarding final transcript or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the master's degree awarding final transcript for those who have completed a previous master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required.
  3. A valid teaching certificate or statement of eligibility.

Exit Requirements

  1. A minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 is required for the degree and no credit is allowed for a mark below "C."
  2. Completion of the objective Exit Exam with a score of 70% or higher.

Purpose of the program

The Master of Arts in Education, whether the Elementary, Middle Grades or Secondary program, will support and enhance your knowledge and skills to advance as an educational professional. Each program has multiple concentrations, such as Math, English, STEM, Gifted, and many more, to allow for depth of study based on your interests. Dual credit teaching qualification is available in Math, English and Biology. An alternative concentration is available if you want to design your own specialization.

MAE Objectives

  1. MAE candidates will learn contextual factors, such as social, historical, philosophical and psychological factors, and apply those when making decisions that influence PreK-12 student learning.
  2. MAE candidates will learn professional dispositions and professional standards appropriate to their discipline and apply those to the PreK-12 classroom setting.
  3. MAE candidates will learn data literacy and research and apply those in the PreK-12 classroom environment.
  4. MAE candidates will learn assessment literacy and research and apply those in the PreK-12 classroom environment.

By achieving these objectives, MAE candidates will serve the MSU Mission by educating students to serve our region and beyond.

Additional information

Our program possesses four unique features. First, courses are designed to be intertwined with classroom practice. Second, all courses are online in fall and spring, with online summer courses of a four-week and eight-week variety. Third, an ambitious teacher could complete the program in 15 to 18 months. Fourth, for Kentucky educators, Volgenau College 600-level courses remain near the undergraduate tuition cost of around $385 per credit hour.

Contact Us

Department of Foundational & Graduate Studies in Education

503 Ginger Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2261
FAX: 606-783-5032