Master of Arts in Education – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Departmental Websites:
M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Art, Biology, English, Social Sciences
M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Elementary Grades - (with tracks in Literacy, AIG, and STEM)
M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - Middle Grades - (with tracks in Literacy, Math and STEM)
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 EducationSTEM Fact Sheet

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Satisfactory score on the GRE General Exam - for Biology and Social Sciences concentrations ONLY
    • 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 paper
    • 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 without disabilities?
      • 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 ⁄

Concentration Program Directors:
Dr. Erin Tapley / 828-227-3598 /
Biology: Dr. Sabine Rundle / 828-227-3783 /
Educational Supervision: Dr. Susan Fouts / 828-227-3688 /
Elementary and Middle Grades : Dr. Carrie Rogers / 828-227-2292 /
English: Dr. Annette Debo / 828-227-3934 /
Social Sciences: Dr. Elizabeth McRae / 828-227-3481 /
Special Education: Dr. Lisa Bloom / 828-227-3288 /
Mild to Moderate Disabilities: Dr. Lisa Bloom / 828-227-3288 /
Gifted: Dr. Sharon Dole / 828-227-3282 /
Severe Disabilities: Dr. Karena Cooper-Duffy / 828-227-3285 /

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