Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program

The School of Education and MAE Program

The School of Education is housed in the Lavely-Shedenhelm Education Center (pictured left) where you will find the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program and the undergraduate Education department. All faculty offices are in this building and all MAE classes are held here. Students can park in the lot located directly behind the Education Center. 
The MAE program is a non-licensure program that allows licensed teachers (who must pursue a Curriculum and Instruction track) as well as those who are not teachers (following the Generalist track) to advance their professional careers.  Dr. Robert Swanson, Director of the School of Education, heads the MAE program and advises all MAE students. He can be reached at 419-448-2264 and rswanso1@heidelberg.edu

 

Admission to the MAE Program

By this point, you should have already begun and/or completed the admission process to the MAE program. All admission requirements can be found online www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/grad/mae/admission and in the Graduate Catalog. Every student must submit the following documents in order to be accepted into the MAE program:
  • Graduate application.
  • OFFICIAL (sealed) transcript(s) sent DIRECTLY from a previously attended college or university reflecting: 
    • A Bachelor's degree.
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • OFFICIAL (sealed) transcript(s) sent DIRECTLY from all previously attended colleges or universities where Master's level work has been completed and/or is in progress.
  • Three recommendations using our Profession Disposition form from professionals knowledgeable of the applicant's professional experiences.
  • A copy of the applicant's teaching license or certificate. (Required for applicants pursuing the Curriculum and Instruction track. Applicants who do not hold a teaching license must pursue the Generalist track, but please note this is a NON-licensure program.)
  • International students must also submit International Admission requirements in addition to those listed above.
Once admitted, the applicant becomes a candidate for the MAE degree. Students may be conditionally admitted at the discretion of the program director if any of these requirements are not met. Conditional students whose undergraduate cumulative GPA is lower than 2.75 must obtain at least a “B” in each course in the first several hours of coursework as determined by the director. Upon re-evaluation of a student’s grades or file, a full acceptance decision can then be made. The student will be notified via official letter of that change.
 

MAE Curriculum

There are two pathways to through the MAE program. Students complete a set of required courses, based on the concentration track they are following, and 14 semester hours of electives. All course work can be completed while students continue to teach full time. Those pursuing the Curriculum and Instruction track must be licensed teachers. In this track  much of what is learned is immediately applicable to classroom settings as teachers investigate problems of practice and conduct action research in their own classrooms. It consusts of  seven required courses, including  the EDU 590 Practicum (action research project). Two of the six courses required for the Generalist track help strengthen important skills not specified to the K-12 experience. The MAE curriculum can be found online at www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/grad/mae/curriculum as well as in the Graduate Catalog. Students may take endorsement classes towards electives; however, only those with a valid teaching license can actually obtain the endorsement. Tuition remission students are restricted from taking the online K-12 Reading and TESOL endorsement courses because of Heidelberg's payment contract with UThink©, the institution facilitating those courses.

Curriculum and Instruction Track

Course Number Course Title Hours
EDU 500 Instructional Theory and Practice 3
EDU 501 Curriculum Theory and Policy 3
EDU 502 Education Research 4
EDU 504 Professional Ethics 3
EDU 522 Introduction to Data Analysis 3
EDU 536 Diversity Experience 0
EDU 590 Practicum in Education I 3
MAE Electives   14
  TOTAL 33
 

Generalist Track

Course Number Course Title Hours
EDU 527 Child and Adolescent Development 3
(OR COU 503 Human Growth and Development)  
EDU 528 Motivation to Achieve 3
EDU 502 Education Research 4
EDU 504 Professional Ethics 3
EDU 522 Introduction to Data Analysis 3
EDU 590 Practicum in Education I 3
MAE Electives   14
  TOTAL 33

MAE Practicum in Education

EDU 590, Practicum in Education I,  is the capstone project for the Master of Arts in Education program. Prior to registering for EDU 590, students submit an application for Admission to the Practicum (Completion of coursework does not, in itself, constitute admission for the course.) The application is online at www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/grad/mae/maeforms. Students also will receive the form and notification regarding EDU 590 during EDU 522. The application must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office at least by then end of the semester before planning to register for this course. 
 
Pre-requisites for being permitted to petition and register for EDU 590 include: 
  • A current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Successful completion of EDU 502 Education Research with a B- or better.
  • Successful completion of EDU 522 Introduction to Data Analysis with a B- or better.
  • Successful completion of at least two of the following required courses:
    • EDU 500 Instructional Theory and Practice
    • EDU 501 Curriculum Theory and Policy
    • EDU 504 Professional Ethics
    • EDU 527 Human Growth and Development
    • EDU 528 Motivation to Achieve
The application will be reviewed by the Director of the School of Education. Once approved, candidates will be notified and may register for EDU 590. This course stretcjhes over two semesters so students must then re-register for EDU 590 for two more consecutive semesters if the project is not completed. Should EDU 590 still not be completed within three semesters, the candidate must register for EDU 591 Practicum in Education II EVERY SEMESTER until their practicum has been completed.

 

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