Graduate Education Online Programs

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Why a Master of Arts in Education (MAED) Degree?

The McKendree University Masters of Arts in Education (MAED) is designed for educators who want to continue to develop their professional commitment and competence in areas such as curriculum design and instruction, teacher leadership licensure, special education, principal preparation, and educational studies along with endorsements in a variety of licensure areas. McKendree University offers competitive tuition costs and flexible scheduling for the timely completion of programs.



Why a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree?

The graduate program in teacher licensure is designed for individuals seeking an initial Illinois teaching license through an online graduate degree program. This degree is open to all career seeking professionals that have completed their undergraduate studies in academic areas other than education. This degree allows student candidates who wish to enter into the teaching profession the opportunity to enhance their future career goals. The practical approach of McKendree University in its teaching development process has led to outstanding teachers not only in southern Illinois but in other parts of the United States. 




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Why McKendree University?

McKendree University is well known by educational and community leaders throughout southern Illinois for its outstanding educational programs. McKendree University has award winning instructors using a combination of educational theory and practical experience along with friendly personal service in all phases of university life. The individualized guidance of university personnel assisting its student candidates for successful degree completion along with small class sizes separates McKendree University from other universities in southern Illinois and the St. Louis region. Students who have completed the degree requirements at McKendree University have outstanding results on state content area tests in all academic areas. In addition, due to the positive reputation of McKendree University and strong relationships with community partners, there are very high job placement rates for McKendree graduates.




Graduation Cap

Graduate Education Online Programs

Programs for Licensed Teachers

Master of Arts in Education - offered online

Curriculum Design & Instruction 

Educational Administration & Leadership 

Educational Studies Emphasis in Reading 

Special Education 

Teacher Leadership Licensure 

Endorsements - offered online

Educational Administration and Leadership (Principal)

Elementary (grades 1-6)

Middle School Education (grades 5-8)

Secondary Education (grades 9-12)

Physical Education (grades K-12)

Reading Teacher

Special Education (grades Pk-22)

Teacher Leadership Licensure

Specialists - offered online

Curriculum Design & Instruction

Superintendent Licensure 

Doctoral - offered online

Curriculum Design & Instruction 

Programs For Those Seeking To Become A Licensed Teacher

Master of Arts in Teaching - offered online

Elementary Education Licensure 

Middle School Education Licensure 

Secondary Education Licensure 

Special Education Licensure 

K-12 Physical Education Licensure 

Program For Those Seeking Career Advancement In A College Or University Setting

Educational Studies - offered online




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MAED & MAT Tuition

2023-2024 Academic Year (August-July)

Tuition is $445 per credit hour.  




Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid
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Next Step

Contact the graduate admission office and get details on the admission process and our next start date.


Photo of Sabrina Storner, M.S.Sabrina Storner, M.S.

Director of Graduate Admission
(618) 537-6477 (office)






*McKendree University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).