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Master of Arts in Education (MAED) in Educational Studies

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Why a Master of Arts in Education in Educational Studies?

Are you seeking to enhance your career in a college, university, or non-school related setting? A graduate degree from a highly reputable institution can give you the boost you need to land your dream job in a wide variety of fields.

McKendree’s degree in Educational Studies is a versatile program that benefits professionals looking to continue their education at the graduate level. You will gain practical knowledge and experience that will prepare you for work in management, training, and instructional roles within a host of corporate, government, university, and non-profit organizations.

At McKendree, we have designed our graduate programs to be convenient for working professionals, while also giving you a quality learning experience with faculty who are truly invested in your success. The MAED in Educational Studies introduces you to coursework in current educational theory and leadership development and includes an internship in the area of your desired career.

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Curriculum Requirements

The Educational Studies program consists of 34 hours of course work.

EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDU 615 - Contemporary Issues in Education (3 Credits)

EDU 611 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 Credits)

EDU 612 - Instructional and Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3 Credits)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDL 640 - School and Community Relations (3 Credits)

EDU 641 - Educational Research & Statistics (3 Credits)

EDU 645 - Action Research Planning (3 Credits)

EDU 691 - Internship in Educational Studies (4 Credits)

EDU 698 - Portfolio Assessment (1 Credit)

Electives (see below) (9 Credits)

Total Credits = 34

Elective Courses

EDL 630 - Leadership Theory (3 Credits)

SPE 505 - Characteristics and Instruction of Diverse Learners (3 Credits)

EDU 602 - Multicultural Education (3 Credits)

EDU 621 - Character Development in Education (3 Credits)

EDU 650 - Advanced Educational Psychology (3 Credits)

CNL 606 - Human Development & Learning (3 Credits)

MBA 651 - Global Organization & Management (3 Credits)

MBA 653 - Stakeholder Management and Ethics (3 Credits)




McKendree’s MAED in Educational Studies is designed for working adults who manage full-time jobs and personal responsibilities in addition to pursuing their educational goals. Classes meet one night a week in a convenient eight-week format. Some courses are offered in 16-week formats to meet the requirements of the class.



Interesting Classes


  • Internship in Educational Studies: Earn course credit while shadowing a current professional in the career field of your choice. You’ll see firsthand what it’s like to work in your desired industry and gain valuable mentors and networking connections in the process.

  • Human Development and Learning: Find out what factors affect people’s behavior patterns, personality, and learning styles from childhood through adulthood.



Admission Requirements

To apply for McKendree’s MAED in Educational Studies, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. We consider applicants on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

The following documentation and/or components are required for consideration of admission:

1.  A completed graduate admission application. (no fee)

2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those that are mailed from institution to institution.

3. A current vita or resume.

4. A minimum 3.0 G.P.A. on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies. Applicants with a G.P.A. below 3.0 may be conditionally admitted.

5. An essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by the student’s completion of the program.

6. Three professional references.
7. Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess readiness for graduate studies.



Graduate Education Student Services


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Student Services Specialist
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