If you're ready to be an educational leader with the skills and sensitivities to thrive in your career, this is the online degree program for you. We're committed to providing you with a quality academic experience and an opportunity to engage in integrated and focused application of your learning. This program encompasses social and ecological literacies, sustainability, global learning, and the diversity of human experiences.

Unlike a traditional 100% online M.Ed. program, this is a limited-residency program that relies on both online instruction and mentored studies. With the guidance of core faculty, you'll complete a degree plan that outlines your course of study. The core courses are prescribed in order to meet certification requirements. At the same time, there is room for some electives for you to pursue your own areas of interest.

Completion Requirements

  • New Student Orientation either On-Campus or Online 
  • Copy of fingerprint clearance card 
  • Complete six days per year residency
  • Successful completion of National Evaluation Series (NES) in both professional knowledge and subject knowledge
  • 35 semester credits

Graduates have a 94% pass rate for the Arizona Educator Proficiency Exam.


Sample Courses

Course Code Course Credits
MAED 57001 Foundations of Education 3
MAED 57005 Learning Theories 3
MAED 57010 Curriculum Design 3
MAED 57035 Introduction to Special Education 3
MAED 57217 Reading Methods and Literacy in the Secondary Classroom 3
MAED 57208 Secondary Content Methods 3
MAED 57040 Creating and Managing Learning Communities 3
MAED 57002 Structured English Immersion (SEI) 3
MAED 57003 Advanced Study in Structured English Immersion (SEI) 3
MAED 57199 Student Teaching 8

Career Outcomes

  • High School Teacher
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of contemporary and foundational knowledge and theory in administrative leadership
  • Ability to integrate theoretical and practical aspects of the field
  • Ability to demonstrate written communication skills that are informed, scholarly, and passionate
  • Ability to demonstrate oral communication skills that are informed, scholarly, and passionate
  • Development of social literacies, including an understanding and appreciation of the ways humans relate to their own and other cultures, and the impact this relationship has on administrative leadership
  • Development of ecological literacies, including an understanding and appreciation of the ways humans relate to their environment (ecological, spiritual, and cultural), and of the relevance of these ideas to administrative leadership

It doesn't really feel like an online program...it feels like a residential program where we all just live in different places and come together and see each other every now and again."

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Daniel Mendez

Daniel Mendez