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Master of Arts (MAED)

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





The Master of Arts in Education 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 which focuses on assisting others in their learning. The program is designed to develop foundational skills as well as to aid 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, to missionaries, higher education faculty, and corporate trainers, and researchers. Included throughout the coursework candidates have multiple opportunities to explore the social, cultural, and philosophical trends that impact learning and the learning environment. Throughout the program there is a strong research focus which is designed to assist leaders in linking professional practice to research-based strategies and implementation within their teaching-learning context. Additionally, the character traits from Galatians 5:22-23 are embedded within the instruction for each course, providing for 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, equips graduates to become administrators in schools and districts and to work in public and private educational organizations.

  • 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

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


  • None

Full MAEd Admissions Requirements (PDF)

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

  • Core Courses (12 units)
    • EDU520 | Leader Educator in a Global Community
    • EDU550 | The Pedagogy of Teaching and Learning
    • EDU606 | The Psychology of Teaching and Ethical Leadership
    • EDU607 | Social & Cultural Impact on Context and Policy
  • Leadership and Research Concentration (20 units)
    • EDU504 | Curriculum Development, Design, and Assessment
    • EDU521 | Instructional Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring
    • EDU531 | Family and Community Engagement
    • EDU590 | Data Analysis and Research Statistics
    • EDU690 | Conducting Research and Implementing a Shared Vision
    • EDU697 | Thesis

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

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 IT Services at


Daniel Nordaas, M.A.Ed.

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies & Assistant Professor, School of Education

David Bills, M.A.Ed.

Associate Dean, Assistant Professor, Field Experience Coordinator - School of Education

Hervey Taylor, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Lois Harmon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.

Dean - School of Education

Pamela Castleman, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate Research and Chair of MAED Program, School of Education

Patrick McDougall, M.A.Ed.

Assistant Professor - School of Education


Celeste Boggs, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT & MAEd

Jane Sorg, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAEd

Marc Welty, M.A.

Adjunct, MAEd

Mark Andreatta, M.A.

Adjunct, MAEd

Matthew Taylor, M.A.

Adjunct, MAEd

Michel Kiwan, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAT & MAEd

Rebecca Toto, Ed.D.

Adjunct, MAEd


Jessup is equipping graduates to become administrators in schools and districts and to work in public and private educational organizations through their new administrative credential program. Students in Jessup’s School of Education (SOE) can add a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to their…

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