Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts (MA) Student Profile
The MA program attracts intellectually curious and highly motivated individuals who have various professional aspirations including:

  • Students considering doctoral study or a future as an educational researcher, scholar, or policymaker
  • Current teachers and administrators seeking to enhance their knowledge of educational theory and research.

MA Program Goal
The MA program in Educational Studies will enable students to engage thoughtfully and critically with questions of perennial importance in education, broadly conceived.

MA Program Objectives

  1. The student who completes the MA program will be able to analyze, interpret, and critique a range of classic and contemporary scholarship in the field of educational studies and demonstrate a developed understanding of qualitative, quantitative, humanistic, and mixed research methodologies.
  2. The student who completes the MA program will be able to identify a scholarly topic of significance to the field, demonstrate command of the relevant educational scholarship, and formulate a well-considered, research-based view on the topic.

The MA program may be completed with or without a thesis component. If students choose the non-thesis option, the program requires 36 credit hours as follows:

MA Core Courses (15 credit hours)
EDUC 7003, Philosophy of Education, EDUC 7073, History of American Education, or EDUC 7083, Educational Policy
EDUC 7123, Advanced Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
EDUC 7153, Techniques of Research and Evaluation
EDUC 7173, Research Proposal
EDUC 7183, Statistical Methods for Research I
Forum Presentation

MA Elective Courses in Educational Studies (21 credit hours - up to 6 hours of elective coursework may be taken in other departments throughout the University)

The MA program with a thesis is a 30 hour program with the following requirements:
MA Core Courses (18 credit hours)
EDUC 7003, Philosophy of Education, EDUC 7073, History of American Education, or EDUC 7083, Educational Policy
EDUC 7123, Advanced Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
EDUC 7153, Techniques of Research and Evaluation
EDUC 7173, Research Proposal
EDUC 7183, Statistical Methods for Research I
EDUC 7983, Research and Thesis
Forum Presentation

MA Elective Courses in Educational Studies (12 credit hours -- up to 6 hours of elective coursework may be taken in other departments throughout the University)

A student opting to write a thesis will select a research area and a thesis advisor who will supervise the research and the remainder of the student’s coursework in conjunction with the Graduate Program Advisor. In collaboration with the thesis advisor, the student should identify a three-member thesis committee. The committee consists of the thesis advisor as the committee chair, a second member from the Department of Educational Studies, and a third member from outside of the Department. An expert from outside of the University may be used with the approval of the Graduate School. With the advisor’s approval, a draft of the thesis will be forwarded to the other members of the thesis committee for examination and review. After the thesis has been reviewed and judged ready for defense by the advisor and by the other members of the thesis committee, the student must pass an oral thesis examination. All thesis and oral examination requirements must be scheduled and completed to meet Graduate School deadlines.

In each student’s final semester of enrollment at TU, the Department of Educational Studies holds a forum in which the graduating student formally presents his/her work. The Forum Presentation is a requirement for graduation from the MA Program. The presentation is based on either the literature review (non-thesis option) or the thesis work (thesis option). This is a focal, capstone event in the Department—and a significant rite of passage for students—which reinforces the message that one’s own ideas are enhanced through exposure to careful criticism in a community of inquiry.