Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts Degree in Education: Instructional Design & Curricular Supervision 


The Master of Arts Degree in Education: Instructional Design and Curricular Supervision is a year-long, 6 block, intensive program for students who wish to advance themselves as instructional coordinators or supervising educators.  This program offered via the Teacher Education Department on the St. Andrews Campus in North Carolina will allow participants to acquire theoretical background in human learning, leadership for teaching and learning and develop skills for use in professional work regarding directorial oversight and design of training processes within a variety of organizations.  Courses will be delivered asynchronous online with intermittent group meetings through video conferencing.  While this degree is aligned with the role of master teachers, curriculum administrators and instructional coordinators in the profession of K12 education, it is designed to address the philosophy, processes and technical skills to design and implement program needs of a wide variety of learning institutions.  Early childhood education administrators and teachers, faculty, and staff in private institutions of learning, instructors of professional development in non-profit organizations, team managers for business operations and professors of academic content areas in institutions of higher education would find this degree beneficial. 

Strength of Program Design 

The Teacher Education Department’s Conceptual Framework drives all of the courses and practices embedded within each degree area whether undergraduate or graduate.   It builds on the research regarding learner – centeredness focusing on the individuality of each learner. The framework is focused on student professional dispositions, continuous learning of content and pedagogy and is attentive to the moral imperative, ethics and leadership.   

The Master of Arts Degree in Education: Instructional Design and Curricular Supervision builds on the skills of professional educators by continuing to focus on the framework components, but a systemic level.  Participants of the MAED program will work within the current body of knowledge regarding how professional educators can redesign learning centers and schooling processes to be more interdisciplinary and dynamic in nature.  

The program is designed to weave the principles of universal design, usable knowledge and systems thinking throughout the course content.  Theory, research, and practical application are entrenched throughout the program so that there is a clear thread of understanding regarding the art and science of communication, instruction and learning environment design.  The proposed program engages learners in the process of leading by design through systems thinking using an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to teaching and learning. 

The integrated approach to instructional design is in keeping with the Liberal Arts concept of learning.  Students at the graduate level will use a variety of readings, both contemporary and classical. They will examine ideas in philosophy and religion to explore what it means to have learning environments that are not sterile but are motivating and invigorating. As students engage in the exploration of what thinkers of educational processes, both ancient and contemporary, have built; they will work to add their own research to the current field of knowledge. They will learn how to bring the integrated, interdisciplinary approach of instructional design at a systemic level.  This is a powerful marketing concept to a generation that seeks to ensure the cost of their college education provides them with a degree that can be used in a variety of career options.  


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Program Requirements and Plan of Study 

Program Specific Requirements 

Admission to the program requires a bachelor’s degree and a GPA of 3.0, an interview with a panel of faculty members from a broad base of disciplines and a written essay from a specific prompt.  

Students and undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered after they have taken undergraduate continuing education credits approved by the Teacher Education Department.  The GPA requirement is justified because the undergraduate students in all teacher education programs must have a GPA of 3.0 to student teach or graduate.  The degree is designed to be completed in one year, however it must be completed within two years from the time the student enrolls in the first MAED class. Successful completion of an Action Research Project with a written thesis and presentation is the final assessment and will be evaluated by a team of MAED faculty members.  

Program Participants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 with no grade less than a B in any course.  If a student receives a course grade of C or less, they may repeat the course once. Failure to have both the GPA or no grade less than a B may result in student dismissal from the program.  

Total number of credits required for graduation

This master’s degree program requires 36 graduate credits for successful completion. The hours include a practicum and action research along with a final thesis and design project.  

Schedule of Courses
Session 1 
Educational Leadership, Coaching & the Change Process (Ethics/Philosophy) 3 credits
Research Methodology 3 credits
Session 2 
Mind, Brain & Learning (Advanced Educational Psychology) 3 credits
Interdisciplinary by Design (The importance of Liberal Arts experiences)3 3 credits
Session 3 
Cultural Knowing & Global Learning Applications 3 credits
Symposium on Learning and Instruction 3 credits
Session 4
Toward Inquiry Driven Learning Organizations 3 credits
Curriculum Development & Program Evaluation 3 credits
Session 5
Instructional Design 3 credits
Action Research for Instructional Leaders (Practicum) 3 credits
Session 6
Thesis & Design Project 6 credits
Total credits: 36