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Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education program will prepare you to assume leadership roles within and beyond the classroom. The coursework is entirely online, allowing our students to complete the degree at their own pace. Coursework focuses on areas such as teaching methodology, online teaching and learning, leadership, technology, research, curriculum/ instruction, assessment, best practices, school improvement, school law, and a master's closure project. It is characterized by lectures, text reading, discussions, and projects, with emphasis on reflection and writing. Courses meet the requirement for teacher certificate renewal.

Delivery Method


Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance to UIS Graduate School as either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for full admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 for conditional admission

  • Have all transcripts sent to UIS.

  • Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applyNow.html by completing the Graduate Student Non-Degree-Domestic & International application.For more information, contact Admissions & Records at (217) 206-6174 or (888) 977-4847.

Transfer Policy

Credit hours will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a Department Chair and Online Coordinator.

Special Characteristics

  • Emphasis is placed on becoming leaders in the educational workplace. Students will be offered opportunities to network with other educators across the United States, as well as other nations of the world.

  • Students may take up to 12 hours offered through this program without being enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education program or one of the graduate certificate programs. Beyond 12 hours, they must petition the department for approval.