Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)
M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Art, Biology, English, Social Sciences
M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Elementary & Middle Grades
M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Special Education
Program Description: The program leading to the M.A.Ed. degree in comprehensive education requires a minimum
of 30-36 semester hours of graduate study consisting of a professional core of 12
semester hours and a concentration of 20--24 hours. Each of the concentrations leads
to a recommendation for Advanced Competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department
of Public Instruction. Concentrations may have additional requirements for admission
specific to the concentration. Completion of degree requirements includes a satisfactory
portfolio demonstrating advanced competencies for all concentrations. Candidates with
current National Board Certification in the concentration area have demonstrated advanced
competencies and are exempted from the required portfolio. An oral and/or written
exam may be required for some concentrations.
Program Brochures: Social Science Education Elementary Education Middle Grades Education
- Graduate School Admission Requirements
- Program Admission Requirements
- Satisfactory score on the GRE General Exam - for Biology and Social Sciences concentrations
- Three letters of recommendation from former instructors of employers who are in a
position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.
- TOEFL/Interview: for Educational Supervision (International Studies concentration)
ONLY as determined by the program.
- Must hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license, or a comparable
license from another state in the chosen field, unless admission is sought to certain
programs in which licensure is not a factor.
A written essay. Directions for the written essay vary by concentration and will include
topic(s) and length specified by the concentration.
- Art - a letter of intent to the program coordinator
- Biology - evidence of individual research such as an undergraduate thesis or in-depth research
- Educational Supervision - as determined by the program
- Elementary and Middle Grades Education - a one to two page letter of intent describing, in narrative form, reasons for pursuing
a masters’ degree in education, professional goals as a participant in the program,
and possible research interests.
- English - a senior level analytical essay that develops and sustains a clear argument. It should
be eight full double-spaced pages or more in length; it should employ MLA documentation
and use appropriate secondary sources; and it will be evaluated on the basis of content,
rigor, depth, and style.
- Social Sciences - a senior level research paper that synthesizes primary and secondary sources and
develops and sustains an argument.
- Special Education - a written essay describing professional goals and including a one to two-page single-spaced
essay addressing one of the following topics (please include the prompt in your essay):
- Why should a society provide a "free and appropriate" education to students with disabilities
who will not be able to achieve academic or other skills at the same level as students
- What are the most important skills or characteristics a teacher should possess, and why do you say these are the most important?
- Describe your position on inclusion of students with disabilities in general education.
What are the benefits of inclusion and the potential barriers?
- It is a commonly held belief that gifted students donot need special services because
they can "make it on their own." Why is it important for schools to provide programming
for gifted and creative students?
Application Deadline: None
Prerequisites: Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials
presented by the candidate.
Overall M.A.Ed. Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Sarah Meltzer / 828-227-3308 ⁄ firstname.lastname@example.org
Concentration Program Directors:
Art: Dr. Erin Tapley / 828-227-3598 / email@example.com
Biology: Dr. Sabine Rundle / 828-227-3783 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Supervision: Dr. Susan Fouts / 828-227-3688 / email@example.com
Elementary and Middle Grades : Dr. Roya Scales / 828-227-2061 / firstname.lastname@example.org
English: Dr. Annette Debo / 828-227-3934 / email@example.com
Social Sciences: Dr. Elizabeth McRae / 828-227-3481 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education: Dr. Lisa Bloom / 828-227-3288 / email@example.com
Mild to Moderate Disabilities: Dr. Lisa Bloom / 828-227-3288 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifted: Dr. Sharon Dole / 828-227-3282 / email@example.com
Severe Disabilities: Dr. Karena Cooper-Duffy / 828-227-3285 / firstname.lastname@example.org