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Students complete a minimum of 33 credits to receive the Master of Arts in Education: Professional Studies degree.  There are five Professional Studies degree specializations:

General Professional Development for students interested in non-licensure programs focusing on K-12 teaching and learning or who are pursuing education-related professional goals in non-profit organizations or community agencies                  

English as a Second Language (ESL)/Bilingual Education for students interested in non-licensure ESL and bilingual educational programs        

K-12 Educational Leadership for students interested in non-licensure K-12 educational leadership programs                   

Cross-categorical Special Education for students interested in non-licensure special education programs  

Sustainability Leadership  for students interested in a non-licensure education program focusing on Sustainability Leadership.

The coursework for each specialization is divided into the following sections:

  • Core Requirements
  • Specializations
  • Research Sequence

Core Requirements

Students take required courses stipulated in their chosen specializations.


Students choose elective courses in their chosen specializations configured to meet their professional goals.

Research Sequence

Students take the following research courses leading up to research capstone projects:

  • ED 603 Introduction to Educational Research
  • ED 692 Research Capstone Project (ED 603 is a prerequisite for this course)