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MA-Education - Professional Educator

The Masters of Arts in Education: Professional Educator degree at Edgewood College provides exceptional versatility for students interested in education who are not seeking teaching or administrator license.

There are four Professional Educator specializations: 

  • Generalist 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 for student interested non-licensure ESL and Bilingual education programs
  • K-12 Educational Leadership for students interested in non-licensure special education programs
  • Cross-categorical Special Education for student interested in non-licensure special education programs

Program Highlights

  • Courses are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate busy schedules.
  • Take one class, two classes or three classes. Begin in the fall, spring, or summer. It’s up to you!
  • Students’ previous academic and experiential accomplishments are highly valued and often result in more timely completion of the program.
  • Courses are taught by academically and professionally qualified faculty.
  • Instructors recognize the knowledge and perspective that students contribute to the learning process by encouraging engagement in the classroom.
  • Students have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with instructors and advisors to discuss individual goals, interests and special needs.
  • Our small class size promotes a sense of community and facilitates individualized instruction.
  • Edgewood College has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University,” among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review.

Degree Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 33 credits to receive the Master of Arts in Education: Professional Educator degree.  Coursework for each specialization is divided into the following sections: 

Core Requirements
Students take required courses stipulated in their chosen specializations.

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 prerequisite)
Social Justice Core
  • ED 605B Paradigms of ESL/Bilingual Education
  • ED 625 Inclusive School Law
  • ED 635 Diversity in the Classroom

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. Completing your Master’s degree demonstrates your commitment to life-long learning and your dedication to the profession. As a graduate student in the School of Education at Edgewood College you’ll join a unique community of learners and leaders. You’ll work with experienced faculty leaders who offer responsive and supportive advising and are dedicated to helping you meet your individual and professional goals.

Graduate tuition for the 2019-20 year (beginning Summer 2019) is $997 per credit. You can expect that cost to rise by approximately 3.5% per year in the future.  

Most students complete the 33 credits required for the Master's in Education - Professional Studies degree in 3 years or less.  

Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost to complete the Master's program would be approximately $33,774.

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee). This application is for graduate students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, license or certificate, or take courses as a non-degree student.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each post-secondary institution you attended be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the probability of your success in graduate school. Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
  5. Submit a written statement listing the reasons why you think you will be successful in graduate school; cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
  6. International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.

Transfer Credits
You may submit up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.