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MA in Education - Higher Education

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education program is designed to help prepare students for careers as administrators, educators, and researchers at the university level. Read more about the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Master

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants must have an accredited Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA and must fulfill the English Language Requirement.

Program Description:

If you aspire to teach in a college or university, these courses are for you. Choose the higher education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to understand the relationships between planning and adult learning at the course, program, and institutional levels.

The higher education specialization explores factors that affect adult learning, and the organizational cultures that promote or inhibit learning. You will examine curriculum, assessment, and student development in the post-secondary environment.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

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.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Higher Education:

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

Education Requirements

To be awarded the Master of Arts in Education degree, students must complete all courses with a 3.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

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 & Learning in the Multicultural Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 673: Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 675: Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 695: Master of Arts in Education Capstone (3 credits)

Higher Education Specialization Course Requirements

  • EDU 657: History & Philosophy of American Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 662: Curriculum & Assessment in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 653: Teaching in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 654: Student Development in Higher Education (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education program who are interested in working as professors, researchers, or administrators could pursue a doctoral degree in education, administration, educational development, or leadership. Earning a doctoral degree could provide students with the qualifications needed for an advanced teaching, development, research, or administrative position in the field.

Doctoral degrees that graduates could pursue include:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Higher Education
  • Doctor of Education Policy
  • Doctor of Educational Technology
  • Doctor of Education Administration

Career Paths:

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education program is designed to prepare enrolled students for employment in educational assessment, administration, or teaching. Possibilities that graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • College recruiter
  • Admissions staff
  • School curriculum developer
  • College counselor
  • School administrator
  • Education researcher
  • Education policy developer

*The Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in higher education program is not intended to prepare students for professional licensure or certification of any kind. Students interested in seeking professional licensing or certification should research requirements before enrolling in the program.

Additionally, residents of Washington State are advised to contact both the state superintendent and their individual district as to whether this program will be endorsed.