academics

Master of Arts in Education

An online Master of Arts in Education degree program is offered to those who hold or are eligible for licensure.

"My favorite part about the online Master's program is the flexibility. As teachers, we have busy schedules, and I appreciate being able to do the majority of the work when it fits best in my schedule. Being able to do the work on my time helps me stay interested and focused instead of feeling like it is a burden."
Elizabeth (Beth) Degreeff

The program features five areas of concentration:

  • ENL: English as a New Language
  • Instructional Strategies: a focus on practical applications to support student achievement and engagement
  • Reading: a focus on teaching strategies, assessment, and instruction that facilitates deeper comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • Special Populations: a focus on how to support and teach at-risk students, with an emphasis on Autism, Response to Intervention (RTI) and emotional/behavioral issues
  • Technology: a focus on utilizing and implementing technology to enhance student learning
     

The concentration courses in this master's program are provided in partnership with Learner's Edge, Inc.

"The Master's in Education program through Augustana College has allowed me opportunities to share my experiences as a teacher with my fellow cohorts. The program allows for a variety of discourse and inquiry regarding instructional strategies that I have been able to utilize within my own classroom. The added technology component of the program has allowed me to share new ways of presenting material with my colleagues. Overall, I am very pleased with the program and look forward to future course work."
Sandra Barnes

The decision to obtain your master’s degree is a significant investment in your future. In addition to enhancing your abilities to create positive learning environments for students, in most cases a master’s degree correlates to increased compensation. In addition, because the program is online, it will offer the convenience you need to continue your busy lifestyle while completing your degree requirements.

Applications for this 19-month, non-thesis program will be reviewed when complete applications have been received, with a rolling admission process and the following deadlines:

  • Summer Cohorts (4 cohorts of 18 students each)
    Rolling Applications each month, with applicants notified by the 15th of each month.
    Deadline for application April 1, last notification April 15.
    There are a few spots remaining for our Summer 2014 cohort. We will continue to accept applicants until the cohort is full and would love for you to join us!
  • Fall Cohort (limited capacity of 18)
    Rolling Applications each month, with applicants notified by the 15th of each month.
    Deadline for application August 1, last notification August 15.
  • Spring Cohort (limited capacity of 18)
    Rolling Applications each month, with applicants notified by the 15th of each month.
    Deadline for application December 1, last notification December 15.

Program Information

Augustana College accepts applications for the M.A. in Education program from residents of the following states: SD, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WY and Washington, DC.

The online Master of Arts in Education degree program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).