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Master of Arts in Education

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) is designed for leader-educators both inside and outside of traditional educational settings, including those with plans to pursue a Doctorate. Graduates will know how to conduct and connect educational research to practice and professional writing. The program prepares self-motivated leaders who communicate effectively, work collaboratively and desire to make a difference in their world!

We believe effective educators are leaders. They are constantly teaching with the goal of improving opportunities and outcomes. Student populations include K-12, university, academic faculty, non-profit, ministry/mission field, and industry professionals seeking graduate-level development. There are typically two cohort start dates each year – October and May. In just 20 months, one night per week (Wednesdays), candidates will be able to complete the program with the skills necessary to take the next step in their career and/or area of passion. Find out what a Master of Arts in Education can do for you, and for those whose futures you’re meant to shape.

Program Details


I am excited to welcome you to the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) program. The demand for educational leaders is growing regionally, nationally and globally! Jessup is keeping up with that demand, creating programs that equip generations to answer that call.

Educational leaders serve in education institutions and the associations, organizations, government agencies, foundations, and corporations that make up the broader higher education landscape. The program’s objective is to develop self‐motivated leaders who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and affect change within the broadest context of a transformative higher education community.

Graduates of the M.A.Ed. will know how to effectively lead change in their respective fields and understand how to conduct and connect educational research to practice.

This program leads graduates to advanced opportunities in:

  • Corporate Training & Consulting
  • Curriculum & Education Policy Development
  • Education, PK-12 and Higher Education
  • Preparing for a Doctoral Program
  • Research & Development

The M.A.Ed. is offered year‐around as a 20-month program with accessible classes that meet only one night a week.

I invite you to explore how to expand your reach, impact and opportunities with a Master of Arts in Education. Visit our website or call 855-WJU-GRAD. Feel free to share this good news with your friends and colleagues.

Nathan Herzog
Dean, School of Education

A Master’s in Education offers the broadest possible graduate opportunities for those seeking to develop as educators and influencers. The Jessup M.A.Ed. Program is perfect for those interested in elevating their careers, opportunities, and lives in four main areas:

1. Advancing in an education or teaching career
➔ Become a Master Teacher
➔ Move up on your Payscale
➔ Receive a stipend for completing your Graduate Degree
➔ Earning an M.A.Ed. provides graduates with vastly expanded career options & opportunities from mentoring younger teachers to leadership opportunities to district positions that otherwise might not be available

2. Those interested in Administration can earn a PASC Credential (Optional & Pending CTC Approval)
➔ Principal
➔ Assistant/Vice Principal
➔ District Superintendent
➔ Program Director
➔ Take advantage of educational Leadership/Administration opportunities and openings.
➔ With just 3 one-unit Field Experiences, you will work with administrators for hands-on practical training in budget planning, leading staff meetings, developing programs, etc. (Field Experience runs concurrent with program classes for 20 month total completion = M.A.Ed. + PASC option)

3. University Employment, Published Researcher, & Conference/Leadership Opportunities
➔ Minimum requirement to teach at a college/university is a Master’s degree
➔ Preparation for and experience in writing research papers and articles
➔ Positions graduates for a possible Doctoral Program
➔ Write research and speak at conferences/events/workshops
➔ As you progress throughout your courses, you will research and write towards your eventual chosen Thesis topic which typically becomes your first published work. With assistance from university faculty and support staff, you will become an expert in the area you choose to research/publish.

4. Corporate, Public, & Non-profit Sectors
➔ Organizational/Corporate training & consulting
➔ Education, Academia, and Career opportunities
➔ Start/lead a non-profit or para-educational institution
➔ Research & Development
➔ Curriculum & Education Policy Development
➔ Corporate opportunities are vast, including being a business/regional trainer, military instructor, working in R&D departments, and consulting. Non-profit opportunities include leadership areas in churches, private/charter schools, para-church, and para-educational organizations. Education is important to anyone leading a volunteer team, staff, or business. All leaders are educators.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Graduate Application
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (official transcripts)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement – Why are you pursuing a Master of Arts in Education at WJU? Please include your professional goals, and what attributes make you a good candidate for the program?
  • Character Essay – Represents your thoughts and quality of work
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least 1 from a professional in your field)
  • Interview, if requested by the admissions committee


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CourseUnitCharacter Focus
EDU 520 – Leader-Educator in a Global Community3Joy
EDU 690 – Conducting Research and Implementing A Shared Vision3Love
EDU 606 – The Psychology of Teaching and Ethical Leadership3Peace
EDU 607 – Social & Cultural Impact on Context and Policy3Patience
EDU 550 – Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning3Self-Control
EDU 531 – Family and Community Engagement3Kindness
EDU 504 – Curriculum Development, Design and Assessment3Gentleness
EDU 521 – Instructional Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring3Gentleness

EDU 590 – Data Analysis and Research Statistics3Goodness

EDU 697 – Thesis (individual mentor meetings and seminars)5Faithfulness
  • Make information comprehensible to others
  • Assess learning
  • Engage and support others in the learning process
  • Plan and design learning experiences
  • Create and maintain effective learning environments
  • Serve as a scholar practitioner
  • Serve as a leader educator with character
  • Corporate Training & Consulting
  • Curriculum & Education Policy Development
  • Education, PK-12 and Higher Education
  • Preparing for a Doctoral Program
  • Research & Development

Q: At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?
A: Candidates will complete a Thesis. The M.A.Ed. coursework and faculty purposely and sequentially prepares a candidate to complete his/her Thesis.

Q: How long will it take to complete?
A: With seven week hybrid-cohort classes (highest success-rate model), one-night-a-week, the entire program is complete in just 20 months.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: The MAED cost is $640 per unit.

Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Yes. Federal loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of three units per semester.

Q: How many units am I required to take each semester?
A: Typically you will take 6 units. See Sample M.A.Ed. Schedule.

Q: How many units is each course?
A: typically 3 units. See Sample M.A.Ed. Schedule.

Q: How long is each course?
A: Each course runs for seven weeks and meets one evening each week.

Q: How much homework will there be each week?
A: Courses are designed for 18 – 20 hours per week of work. Some students may work more quickly. Others may require additional time.

Q: Who do I contact if I need help during a course?
A: For most questions your first point of contact will be your instructor. For technical support questions, please contact our IT department at

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Master of Arts

MA in Education


Program Advisor

Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education


David Bills, M.A.Ed.

Associate Dean, Assistant Professor - School of Education

Lois Harmon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Mary Rountree, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Melissa MacDonald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Michael Granchukoff Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor - School Of Education

Adjunct Faculty

David Dean Gualco

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Education

Ginna Myers

Adjunct, MAED

Matthew Taylor

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Education

Pamela Castleman

Adjunct, Masters of Arts in Education

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