Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education provides candidates the opportunity to pursue a rigorous interdisciplinary study of the foundations of education. This advanced degree is suited for anyone interested in developing expertise in curriculum development, teaching practices and program evaluation.

Many MAE courses are available in summer, evening and weekends. Candidates may enroll in upper-division undergraduate courses if instructors agree to offer the courses for graduate credit.

Upon admission, candidates meet with a faculty adviser to individualize their program of study.

The program culminates in a research project through which candidates explore an essential question identified through their course of study. This project is guided by a university faculty mentor. Candidates publicly present their findings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Refined skill in designing learning experiences that meet the educational needs of individual students within a collaborative learning community
  • Demonstrate how to design, implement, and analyze instruction that is based on state and national standards
  • Effectively collaborate in learning communities
  • Ability to contribute to school improvement.


Diana Watkins | Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
503-352-1435 |

Krisha Hall | Admissions Counselor and Data Manager
503-352-1436 |

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