Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education allows candidates to pursue a rigorous interdisciplinary study of the foundations of education, though it does not satisfy the requirements for an Oregon teaching license.

The degree is suited for international students, experienced teachers, and liberal arts degree-holders who wish to develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching practices and program evaluation.

Many MAE courses are available in summer, evening and weekend class sessions. Special classes and workshops also are available. Candidates may enroll in upper-division courses offered during the regular school year if instructors agree to offer the courses for graduate credit. All grades must be C or above to be credited to a graduate degree; C- is not acceptable.

Upon admission, candidates meet with a faculty adviser to plan their program of study, and the plan must be approved by both the adviser and the dean of the College of Education. Candidates also will meet with their faculty adviser at least once a year.

The program culminates with a capstone experience, which is a research project through which candidates have an opportunity to synthesize professional education, scholarly activities, and creative endeavors. Guided by university faculty mentors, candidates complete the project and give oral presentations.


Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
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Krisha Hall | Admissions Counselor and Data Manager
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Candidates complete, within a six-year period, a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses in individual planned programs, which include the following.
  Professional Education Coursework 12-15
  Liberal Arts Coursework 12
EDUC-670 Introduction to Professional Inquiry 1
EDUC-671 The Scholarship of Teaching 1
EDUC-674 Planning the Inquiry Project 2
EDUC-675 Completing the Inquiry Project 2