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Master of Arts in Education | Graduate Degree Program

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education

Earn your Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree from Ottawa University and gain the skills and education you need to shape and enhance student-learning experiences. The future of education depends on strong leaders across all areas of this field – from teachers to administrators to specialized paths, such as school psychologists and guidance counselors. Pathways are available for Kansas licensure and Arizona certification.

Ottawa’s MAED program provides busy educators with the flexibility to learn on their own time, day or night, while preparing to take on the current challenges in education, in areas such as curriculum, technology and instruction. With an online master’s degree in education from Ottawa University, you will expand your impact as an educator and on our nation’s schools.

The core curriculum of OU's MAED is designed to help the adult student acquire subject matter mastery, apply knowledge and conduct research in various areas within the field of education. The 36-hour program of study consists of foundation (including a master’s research project), concentration, and elective courses (in some programs).

Education Concentrations

Ottawa’s MAED lets candidates focus their learning with one of five concentration areas. You will tailor your master’s degree in education by selecting one of the concentrations below (must choose one):

OU’s Master of Arts in Education is a variable semester credit hour program depending on one’s study concentration. Admission requires a bachelor's degree (B.S., BA, or B.Ed.) in education. The program has been created to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to: (1) improve and enhance their teaching and services to students; (2) provide their students with an enhanced learning environment; (3) prepare and plan for change in schools; (4) assist schools and the community to improve education for all students; (5) assess outcomes of school curricula, programs, services, and activities; (6) assume leadership roles in education; and (7) engage in continued professional growth.

Students in OU’s MAEd program can earn their teaching degree in Arizona or Kansas. The education major is based on state, regional, and national licensure criteria and testing competencies. The Ottawa University teacher education programs are state approved in Arizona and Kansas and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Why Earn a Masters in Education?

It has been widely understood that if the U.S. expects greater returns on its investments in education, we are going to need to put highly qualified, innovative minds in teaching and administrative positions. A Master of Arts in Education is a prerequisite for many education positions and is recognized by school districts as a valuable credential. The MAED gives educators the knowledge and skills to inspire and encourage a love of learning and the techniques to handle diverse classrooms and learning styles, as well as preparing educators to utilize high-level teaching methodologies and provide the tools to make work in the education field more effective and efficient.

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MAED – Curriculum and Instruction
MAED – Educational Leadership
MAED – Elementary Education
MAED  Elementary Education Unified 
MAED – Learning Technologies
MAED – School Counseling

Bolster your opportunities in educational leadership by earning your Master of Arts in Education.
To learn more about Ottawa’s MAED degree, contact us today!

Education is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)
  • Surprise, AZ (Residential Campus)
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Online

Career Outlook for Education

Completion of the MAED degree gives practicing classroom teachers the skills to become exemplary educators and increase their earning power. Beyond the classroom, the degree provides graduates the opportunity to be hired for positions within educational administration, such as principal, assistant or vice principal or dean, or in other industries, such as local or state government, educational support services or community colleges, universities and professional schools. 

The education job field is projected to grow 9% by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with enrollment forecasted to increase at colleges and universities, as well as at public elementary and secondary schools, creating a demand for teachers at all education levels.

The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school administrators was $96,400 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $63,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $148,630.

For postsecondary education administrators, the median annual wage was $95,410 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,320, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $194,090.

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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