Master of Arts in Education
The goal of this degree program is to build the capacity of educators to promote social justice in the context of their schools and communities through improved teaching practice, curriculum development and assessment, program planning and school-based research.
The Master of Arts in Education program offers students the option of pursuing one of two emphases: curriculum and instruction or disciplinary studies. Students who want the concentration in curriculum and instruction enroll in four courses designed to enhance their skills in curriculum development and assessment. Students who want the concentration in disciplinary studies enroll in four graduate courses within the relevant discipline to deepen their knowledge and skill in one subject area: art, business, English or music.
See the NDNU General Catalog for course descriptions.
- The Master of Arts in Education program is characterized by the reflexive integration of theory and educational practice
- The core coursework builds the capacity of educators to promote social justice in the context of their schools and communities through improved teaching practice and assessment, program planning and action research
- The program culminates with a school-based thesis project that integrates research, practice and personal reflection
Students may apply to enter the Master of Arts in Education program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters and should meet the following requirements:
- Completed NDNU application for admission
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with one transcript showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or equivalent academic preparation outside of the U.S.
- A teaching credential with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in course work, or significant teaching experience with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and passing scores on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
- In-person interview with NDNU Advisor in the Education Department
- International students who first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores of 550 or higher or IELTS composite scores of 6.5 or higher.
Catholic School Teacher’s Scholarship
The NDNU Catholic School Teacher’s Scholarship honors the efforts of teachers in Catholic Schools who wish to pursue a higher degree in Education. NDNU students who are currently teachers, coaches, or classroom aides at a Catholic school are eligible for a scholarship that covers 30% of the tuition charged to the student per semester. Scholarship is limited to students who enroll in Credential or Master’s in Education programs at NDNU.
Endowed Scholarships for Graduate and Credential Students
Most NDNU graduate students fund their studies through a combination of student loans, outside scholarship, employer reimbursement, or individual payment plans, however, there are limited Endowed and Restricted Scholarship Funds available. Learn More.
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Dr. Kim Tolley