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Master of Arts in Education

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The Master of Arts in Education is designed for all educators who are interested in enhancing their professional practice through advanced study of teaching, learning, and leadership. This program is relevant to educators working in P-12 schools and postsecondary institutions, as well as a variety of roles outside of traditional classroom settings,  including, but not limited to, community and athletic organizations, cultural centers, and corporate education.

The original online master’s program at MSU, the MAED celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021 and included in the college’s rankings among the top 10 of the nation’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Its community of more than 1,000 graduates encompasses a diverse array of educational backgrounds, united by the desire to enhance their professional practice.


The degree format provides flexibility for students, educators and working professionals who want to engage in inquiry that will contribute to exemplary educational practice. The MAED allows students to acquire a range of knowledge grounded in theory along with expertise in one or more areas of concentration. Students build on their prior experience and engage in a dynamic digital community through this fully online program.

The MAED is available only online and only under Plan B (without thesis).

About the MAED

Learning Outcomes

The MAED will enrich and extend students’ capabilities to:

  • Professionally develop and exercise leadership
  • Conduct inquiry, evaluation or research
  • Evaluate the legitimacy and quality of research and policy in their field
  • Design, manage, and support group projects and processes
  • Apply new technologies to their teaching practices
  • Use digital tools for communication, collaboration, and presentation
  • Access digital environments for ideas, information and resources
  • Advance to new levels of professional practice and responsibility
  • Introduce new ideas, programs, or practices into their work place
  • Construct more effective documents and presentations
  • Achieve improved outcomes in their work

Program Structure

-Earn your master’s degree in education entirely online
-Convenience to study where you live or work without having to come to campus
-Breadth of course selection allows students to focus in-depth on one or two areas of concentration
-Apply what you learn online in your educational career, classroom and personal life
-Successfully complete and exhibit an online portfolio
-Full-time, one-on-one academic advisement readily available

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Meet Our Faculty

The MAED is supported by faculty and advanced doctoral students from across MSU’s College of Education.

Our faculty have diverse areas of expertise and help prepare educators of all experience levels to lead, both inside and beyond the classroom.

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Transfer Credits for MSU Teaching Interns

Are you a graduate of MSU’s Teacher Preparation Program? Did you know that up to nine of your fifth-year internship credits can be transferred into your 30-credit master’s program?

Make an appointment with an MAED academic advisor to determine whether your credits qualify.

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