Why choose a Master of Art in Education?

The online master’s degree in education prepares certified teachers and professionals working in education to advance their careers. As a student, you’ll choose courses based on two focal areas to meet your personal and professional goals. You’ll take an introductory research and evaluation course, then choose eight electives that relate to your focal areas. The program culminates with an applied project in which you’ll design and develop an inquiry study. The study should address one or more problems related to your focal areas. You should anticipate needing access to a learner to complete coursework.

Education master’s focus areas may include:

  • Learning design and technologies.
  • Applied behavior analysis.
  • Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Early childhood education.
  • Educating multilingual learners.
  • Gifted education.
  • Global education.

You can earn a master’s degree in education completely online in as few as 16 months. You’ll gain a broad perspective of current educational practices and challenges. You’ll also have a deeper understanding of your focal areas and develop essential skills for education professionals. These skills include effective communication, collaboration, leadership, advocacy and innovation. Your newfound skills and expertise will help you meet your professional goals, whether you’re working in children’s education, training institution, international schools, or other fields of education. Through this program, you’ll also develop a unique identity as an educator who’s capable of meeting the needs of diverse learners.

The master’s in education doesn’t qualify students to become a certified K–12 teacher. The program is designed for certified teachers and professionals who already have some level of professional experience in the field of education. Yet, individuals who want to start a new career in education can benefit from this degree as well. The program will give them professional knowledge to start a new job in a variety of noncertified education positions.

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure.

The master’s degree in education helps certified teachers and education professionals advance in their current roles. For instance, you could be a teacher who wants to gain advanced expertise to support school needs. Or you can become an administrator of an educational institution by building leadership skills. The master’s in education also will help you understand how children and adults learn to better meet their needs. Job titles potential students may hold will vary but could include:

  • Behavior specialist
  • Certified teacher
  • Curriculum designer
  • Education program manager
  • Education subject matter expert
  • Instructional designer
  • Team lead (K–12 schools)
Why ASU Online
  • ASU Library ASU Library
  • Career services Career services
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  • Study abroad Study abroad
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  • ASU Library
    ASU Library ASU Library

    ASU Library

    Students who learn online have access to all of ASU Libraries’ resources through the Library. This includes research databases, electronic journals, e-books, and other research material. Library One Search allows you to search for books, journal articles and other materials through one easy-to-use search box.

    Career services
    Career services Career services

    Career services

    Career and Professional Development Service offers support year-round for online students, designed to strengthen your job search skills, build your resume, enhance your interview skills, and more. Virtual career advising appointments are available for all online students. Appointments can be made up logging in to Handshake. We also encourage students and alumni to take advantage of the multitude of other virtual services including: virtual career fairs and workshops, resume Drop Box for online resume reviews, InterviewStream for virtual practice interviews, online chat with a career professional, access downloadable handouts and resume examples and more!

    Online tutoring
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    Online tutoring

    Need help with writing, math, biology, Spanish or another subject? ASU provides a number of tutoring resources online. Online tutoring is live, free, and available to all ASU students, including online degree students.


    Subject area tutoring is available on a small group, drop-in basis. Schedule writing appointments using TutorTrac.

    Study abroad
    Study abroad Study abroad

    Study abroad

    The Arizona State University Study Abroad Office offers more than 200 different programs in over 65 countries! ASU Online Students can study abroad during any term including summer or fall/spring semester, as well as spring break programs.


    Studying abroad impacts your life in many positive ways that last far beyond the duration of your program.

    Success Center
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    Success Center

    Part personal advisor, part cheerleader, success coaches are focused on supporting you in achieving your goals. From helping you adjust to life as an online student, offering success strategies, time management tips and reminders, to connecting you to resources at ASU, success coaches are there to help smooth any bumps in the road and to cheer you on as you cross the finish line.


    “I love the approach ASU Online has of not just getting students through those first few courses, but on working with students in a supporting role throughout their entire academic experience.” – Christopher Kozma, ASU Online Success Coach

    ASU+ Support Systems
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    ASU+ Support Systems

    With your determination and ASU+, you’ll have all you need to thrive. Our suite of unique, premier services empower you toward success on your educational journey.


    Unmatched suite of support services


    • Personal care programs
    • Time management awareness and coaching
    • Student well-being programs
    • Students success coaches
    • High-quality classes
    • Technical resources
    Admission requirements

    Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor’s degree program, or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree program. Applications may be considered for provisional admission with a GPA of 2.99 to 2.50.

    All applicants must submit:

    • Graduate admission application and application fee.
    • Official transcripts.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Personal statement.
    • Proof of English proficiency.

    The letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.

    Applicants must provide a personal statement of approximately 500 words that describes their personal interest in the field of education, the goals they wish to achieve while in the program and their short- and long-term career aspirations. The admission committee pays particular attention to the quality of writing, the ideas expressed and the relative match between the applicant and program  .

    An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

    not included but on the site: An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

    For Chinese program we’d like to waive the request of proof of English proficiency. But for the English program, we will keep the requirement of the proof of English Proficiency.