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MA in Education - Family and Community Services

Educators interested in developing skills that will enable them to work beyond the classroom and lead them to careers in which they will establish and advocate community and family involvement in education could take the first step toward realizing this professional goal when they enroll in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program with a specialization in Family and Community Services. Learn more about this online master's program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education, Family and Community Services specialization

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Before enrolling in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education, Family and Community Services specialization, students should have current or recent professional experience in an educational environment. Strong communication and public speaking skills could be helpful. Applicants to Ashford University's programs should be at least 22 years old.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Education, Family and Community Services specialization at Ashford University offers students the ability to enhance teaching, assessment, and leadership skills and gain an understanding of strategies and processes used in youth development, child welfare, and organizing collaborative efforts between schools, families, and communities. In area of specialization courses, students will have the opportunity to learn about community educational resources, cultural diversity, youth support strategies, and techniques for promoting and developing community and family involvement in education. The core curriculum addresses instructional strategies, educational technology, learning systems development, teaching strategies and student needs, student assessment, and change management. The program culminates in a research project wherein students deliver an oral and written presentation on an educational topic related to their specific area of study.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credit hours.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • EDU 650: Teaching, Learning, & Leading in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 645: Learning & Assessment for the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 620: Meeting Individual Student Needs with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDU 671: Fundamentals of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDU 639: Human Relationships and Learning in the Multicultural Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 673: Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 675: Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 695: MAED Capstone (3 credits)

Specialization Requirements

  • EDU 617: School, Family, and Community Partnerships (3 credits)
  • EDU 635: Community and Youth Development (3 credits)
  • EDU 644: Child and Family Welfare (3 credits)
  • EDU 647: Families, Community, and Diversity (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After completing Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education program with a specialization in Family and Community Services, graduates could seek administrative positions in public and private elementary, middle, or high schools.

  • School leader
  • District office administrator
  • Program director
  • Dean of students
  • School board member
  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational consultant
  • Education policy analyst