Master of Arts in Education


Master of Arts (MAED)

All students who enroll in the Master of Arts in Education online program will develop and improve their skills as a leader and educator within their desired or current professional context. Candidates will also bring valuable knowledge, skills, and life experiences that enhance and enrich their own learning, along with their cohort. It is expected that candidates grow spiritually and learn new ways to implement and express their God-given abilities in serving others.





The Master of Arts in Education online degree program is designed to provide a broad context for individuals desiring to serve in a leader-educator capacity and to represent a scholar practitioner focus. Individuals may be currently working in, or aspiring to work in, a venue that focuses on assisting others in their learning. The program is designed to develop foundational skills and help candidates in the application of ideas on learning and teaching or training in a variety of venues, both nationally and globally. Venues represented among program participants may be as diverse as K-12 teachers, missionaries, higher education faculty, corporate trainers, and researchers. Throughout the coursework, MAEd. candidates have multiple opportunities to explore the social, cultural, and philosophical trends that impact learning and the learning environment. The program has a strong research focus designed to help leaders link professional practice to research-based strategies and implementation within their teaching-learning context. Additionally, each course embeds servant leadership drawn from Galatians 5:22-23, providing a values-based approach to serving as a leader-educator. It is expected that all candidates will experience transformation in their personal, spiritual, and professional practice while receiving a quality graduate education.

Students now have the option to receive a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC). This credential, coupled with the MAEd Online, equips graduates to become administrators in schools and districts and to work in public and private educational organizations.

The MAEd program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

  • 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

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC)

This credential, coupled with the MAEd, equips graduates to become administrators in schools and districts and to work in public and private educational organizations. The program equips graduate students with the knowledge and skills they need to become both servant leaders and transformational leaders. The mentorship, academic preparation, and leadership development within this program provides credential candidates with knowledge, skills, and character needed to become effective transformational leaders within an educational context. 

Leadership and Research Concentration

Program Courses (36 units)

  • EDU504 | Instructional Leadership
  • EDU520 | Developing and Implementing a Shared Vision
  • EDU521 | Coaching, Mentoring, and Effective Team Building
  • EDU522 | The Christian Leader
  • EDU531 | Family and Community Engagement
  • EDU532 | Management and Learning Environment
  • EDU590 | Data Analysis in Education
  • EDU606 | Ethics and Integrity
  • EDU607 | External Context and Policy
  • EDU690 | Leadership Roles in Education
  • EDU697a | Thesis I
  • EDU697b | Thesis II

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • GPA 3.0 minimum
  • Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Verification of valid pre-requisite credential (MAEd PASC only). Must possess one of the following valid prerequisite credentials:
    • A. A clear or life California teaching credential that requires baccalaureate degree and a program of professional  preparation, including student teaching or the equivalent,  and holds an English learner authorization
    • B. A clear or life California designated subjects teaching  credential in adult education, career technical education,  vocational education or special subjects, provided the  applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree, and holds  an English learner authorization
    • C. A clear or life California services credential in pupil personnel services, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, or speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including field work or the equivalent.
  • 1 letter of recommendation, education/employment (This is not needed from anyone who successfully completed undergrad from Jessup)

Note – CTC requires 5 years of teaching experience to earn a PASC credential, however students may submit coursework and CalAPA prior to completing five years of teaching.

CA State CTC PASC Requirements

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 24 months.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: The MAED cost is $550 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 or 2 courses.

Q: How many units is each course?
A: Typically 3 units. 

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 IT Services at

Pam Castleman, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

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Dean - School of Education

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor - School of Education

Director of Administrative Services Credentialing and Field Experience Coordinator

Director of Teacher Credentialing, Field Experience Coordinator - School of Education

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor - School of Education

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