Master's Degree Programs

The College of Education offers graduate study leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree in education in various concentrations. Some of these concentrations are designed to permit concurrent completion of the requirements for the correspondingly named advanced credentials.

For the Educational Specialist degree in school psychology, see Doctoral and Educational Specialist Degree Programs.

Below are the master's degrees offered by department. 

Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary Educational Leadership, Specialization in Student Affairs

The Master of Arts degree program prepares self-aware, emotionally intelligent, adaptable, compassionate, and highly competent transformational leaders who will improve access, equity, and holistic student success in all of higher education.

Rehabilitation Counseling

The Master of Science degree program prepares students to be effective practitioners, administrators, and leaders in the field of rehabilitation and is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 



Child and Family Development

Child Development

The Master of Science degree program focuses on social and emotional development and development in context (e.g., early childhood education programs, schools, families, communities). This program can help students move onto Ph.D. programs in related areas, and to further their professional expertise and credentials in areas related to children and families.

Child Development, Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and LPCC

The Master of Science degree program in Early Childhood Mental Health prepares knowledgeable and skilled mental health clinicians to utilize a neuro-relational framework and work with diverse populations. 



Counseling and School Psychology

Education with a Concentration in Counseling

Online M.A. plus graduate certificate in Mental Health Recovery & Trauma-Informed Care
The Master of Arts degree program seeks to prepare professionals to address the mental health and relational needs of culturally different populations.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

The Master of Science degree program is a full-time cohort model program with new enrollments once a year. It offers extensive clinical experience and rigorous academic studies to prepare students to practice as highly competent entry-level MFT's.

Multicultural Community Counseling (CBB)

The Master of Science degree program provides multicultural community counseling and social justice education that prepares students to become culturally competent licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC), while serving individuals and communities through internships, research, placements and community engagement.

School Counseling

The Master of Science degree program prepares school counselors to become leaders, advocates and systems change agents in our diverse schools. 



Dual Language and English Learner Education

The Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education's Master of Arts degree program provides teachers and those in the education profession with skills to transform current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective. The program prepares those in education to integrate language, culture, and codes of power as part of teaching and developing school programs and policies for multilingual/multicultural students. There are two emphasis programs for the degree, (a) Critical Literacy and Social Justice, and (b) Outside Specialization. All students enter in the Critical Literacy and Social Justice track. Those with a strong cross-disciplinary focus can transfer to the Outside Specialization, where they take 3-4 of their graduate level specialization courses from an outside department of their choice (with approval). Both emphasis programs include a strong foundation in critical pedagogy, language policies and practices, and applied action research via curriculum development.

Critical Literacy and Social Justice

The Master of Arts degree program provides teachers and others in the education profession with skills in critiquing current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective. 

Outside Emphasis

Note: You will be routed to the Critical Literacy and Social Justice Emphasis for entry. Request transfer to the Outside Emphasis once Fall classes start.



Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership PreK-12

The Master of Arts degree program is designed for school administrators and teachers who aspire to a leadership role in PK-12 education.

Teacher Leadership

The Master of Arts degree program is intended to prepare effective classroom teachers for new leadership roles in their schools by providing them with new knowledge and leadership skills, furthering a sense of inquiry within the realm of school change, and providing a scholarly community of educators with similar career goals and trajectories.



Special Education

The Special Education Master of Arts degree programs prepare educators and other professionals to work with people with exceptionalities and their families. The  programs prepare special educators to work with children and youth with disabilities and their families. There are four specializations for the degree: Mild/Moderate Support Needs, Extensive Support Needs, Early Childhood Special Education and Autism.  The Autism program embeds a verified course sequence for the BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).  Candidates can embed the requirements for the Clear/Induction credential programs with additional coursework added to any of the M.A. Degree specializations.

There are 4 program emphases:

  1. Autism Emphasis
  2. Early Childhood Emphasis
  3. Mild/Moderate Support Needs Emphasis
  4. Extensive Support Needs Emphasis



School of Teacher Education

Teaching (Online), Elementary and Secondary Education

The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program presents the most up-to-date research on teaching and learning. It focuses on inquiry-based education which includes hands-on instruction with problem-based learning and issues-centered curriculum, with a focus on reflection during the teaching process. Our program foundation rests in social justice and equity in education.

Teaching, Elementary and Secondary Education Math and Science Focus

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program provides you the opportunity to reflect on and enhance your math and/or science teaching, offers the option to add on Foundational Credentials in Mathematics and Science, and is designed for practicing teachers.

Teaching, K-12 Language Arts Summer Only Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program is designed for teachers in grades K-12 with a focus on current knowledge in Reading and Language Arts. The program can be completed in 2 summers.

Reading Education

 The Master of Arts degree program is designed to provide increased knowledge and skill for those who are or wish to become reading/language arts specialists in public or private schools, clinics, and at community colleges. The program is ideal for teachers who plan to remain in the classroom but who wish to deepen their theoretical and practical understandings about the teaching of reading and the language arts. 



More Information

View the University Catalog for detailed information about admission requirements, curriculum, advancement to candidacy, comprehensive examinations, and more.