Master of Education

MAE students
Type of Degree: Graduate

The  Master of Arts in Education degree program aims to develop educational leaders who understand the theory, research, and practice that support and sustain ongoing leadership in an educational setting. Here's how to apply.

The major program goals are to develop educational leaders who:

  • Possess a foundational understanding of the historical, political, and fiscal goals of education.
  • Exhibit sensitivities and empathy toward individuals who are historically underserved within the education system.
  • Understand the seminal theories of development, learning, and motivation and the role that each of those constructs play in educational achievement.
  • Successfully articulate the similarities and differences between the U.S. public education system and those of countries around the world.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills and an understanding of the ethical guidelines, which are critical for successful educational leadership.
  • Balance power with responsibility in order to shape relationships and cultures to best support learning.

The MAE program requires 36 semester hours.


The School of Education at Heidelberg is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

Endorsement Programs

Two endorsement programs are offered to teachers holding a valid teaching license. The endorsement permits you to teach reading to all students at any grade level, including Title II reading programs. Anyone may register for the courses as electives or towards licensure renewal, however only licensed teachers who meet the requirements may obtain the endorsement and add it to their license.

  • READING ENDORSEMENT: Obtain your Reading Endorsement by completing four classes and passing the OAE Reading Subtest I and II. Offered online, powered by UThink©, to teachers who have completed at least 12 hours of reading pre-requisites.
  • TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL): Obtain your TESOL Endorsement by completing four classes and passing the OAE English to Speakers of Other Languages (1021) test. The courses prepare educators to teach TESOL to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Coursework also prepares educators to meet state and professional standards. Courses are offered online, powered by UThink©, to teachers holding a valid teaching license.

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