Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Designed for Teachers Who Wish to Excel in the Classroom

Avila has been developing classroom leaders for decades and our Master of Arts in Education degree will give you the skills to live up to your promise. We’ll prepare you to become a more effective and efficient instructor with a rigorous curriculum customized for the educational level and subject matter you want. And by teaching you how to better design inclusive, challenging lesson plans for your classroom, you’ll be positioning your pupils to succeed.

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Curriculum & Instruction

Our Curriculum & Instruction concentration is designed to develop the skills necessary for classroom teachers to become a Teacher Leader.  Coursework will include a more in-depth study of learning theory, curriculum models, data literacy and assessment, change management, and effective leadership techniques for teacher leaders.

Literacy

Our Literacy concentration advances your knowledge and helps you understand the characteristics and needs of literacy learners at various stages of development. You’ll analyze and critique past practices and current trends in literacy learning, teaching, and evaluation as you earn your Special Reading certificate.

TESL

For teachers who want to work with international students and immigrant families, Avila’s Teaching English as a Second Language concentration is for you. Here you’ll gain an understanding of the nature of language and language learning, as well as how culture plays a role in learning a second language.


Program Highlights

  • Lower tuition than area competitors
  • Streamlined admissions
  • Flexible scheduling (online, on-campus, hybrid)
  • Convenient eight-week terms
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Concentrations & Certificates

Concentrations

Avila’s student-centric approach means we want your degree to fit your needs. With strategically designed concentrations for all educational backgrounds, we’re confident you’ll find the Master’s degree concentration that inspires you.

The following programs are designed for teachers wanting to advance their careers and move up the salary ladder, while staying in the classroom.

Designed for students interested in theory, research and practice relating to instructional and curricular practices, the Curriculum & Instruction concentration focuses on instruction and learning about classroom practices, development of classroom materials and ways in which teaching occurs in classrooms.

Curriculum & Instruction Concentration Courses (33 credit hours)

  • ED 615 – Theories of Learning (3)
  • ED 617 – Theories of Behavior (3)
  • ED 630 – Advanced Curriculum & Instruction (3)
  • ED 684 – Effective Instruction (3)
  • ED 689 – Research Methods in Education (3)
  • 18 hours in Graduate Level Electives

Designed for educators teaching English as a Second Language to either K-12 students or adult learners, the TESL concentration will enhance your ability to teach English to speakers of other languages and engage you in world language instruction and acquisition.

Required Courses (30 credit hours)

  • ED 650 – Language & Culture (3)
  • ED 651 – Modern Grammar & Linguistics (3)
  • ED 652 – Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy (3)
  • ED 654 – Instruction & Assessment for TESL (3)
  • ED 655 – Teaching Reading & Writing for TESL (3)
  • ED 657 – Teaching Adult Language Learners (3)
  • ED 661 – Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • ED 647 – Grant Writing & Management for Education & Community Development (3)
  • ED 689 – Research Methods in Education (3)
  • ED 695 – English Language Learners (ELL) Practicum (3)

Designed to prepare teachers to focus on literacy development, the Literacy concentration centers on the literacy instruction and the assessment of students with diverse learning and literacy needs.

Required Courses (31 credit hours)

  • ED 564 – Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement: Special Education (1)
  • ED 652 – Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy (3)
  • ED 656 – Advanced Literature For Youth (3)
  • ED 661 – Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • ED 670 – Advanced Assessment & Remediation (3)
  • ED 671 – Advanced Teaching of Secondary Literacy (3)
  • ED 673 – Evaluation of Abilities & Assessment (3)
  • ED 674 – Supervision of Literacy Program (3)
  • ED 689 – Research Methods in Education (3)
  • ED 697 – Advanced Literacy Clinical Elementary (3)
  • ED 698 – Advanced Literacy Clinical Secondary (3)

The following programs lead to initial teacher certification and are for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in education:

Teacher Preparation Core Requirements (30 credit hours)

Additional courses may be necessary if a candidate does not meet the professional prerequisites.

  • ED 515 – General Methods & Differentiated Learning (3)
  • ED 519 – Managing the Learning Environment (3)
  • ED 520 – Technology in Education (3)
  • ED 529 – Developmental & Educational Psychology (3)
  • ED 541 – Foundations of Literacy & Language Development (3)
  • ED 585 – Practicum (3)
  • ED 594 – Final Clinical Experience Seminar (2)
  • ED 595 – Final Clinical Experience (10)

Additional Requirements for Elementary Education Certification (27 credit hours)

  • ED 506 – Creative Activities & Physical Movement (3)
  • ED 507 – Geometry for Elementary & Middle School Teachers (3)
  • ED 508 – Math Methods for Elementary Teachers (3)
  • ED 530 – Children’s Literature (3)
  • ED 537 – Elementary Social Studies Methods (3)
  • ED 540 – Elementary Science Methods (2)
  • ED 543 – Language Arts Methods (3)
  • ED 570 – Assessment & Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
  • ED 581 – Health & Safety Issues in a School Setting (1)
  • ED 586 – Reading Practicum (3)

Certification Subject Areas

  • Art (K-12)
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Speech/Theatre

Teacher Preparation Core Requirements (30 credit hours)

Additional courses may be necessary if a candidate does not meet the professional prerequisites.

  • ED 515 – General Methods & Differentiated Learning (3)
  • ED 519 – Managing the Learning Environment (3)
  • ED 520 – Technology in Education (3)
  • ED 529 – Developmental & Educational Psychology (3)
  • ED 541 – Foundations of Literacy & Language Development (3)
  • ED 585 – Practicum (3)
  • ED 594 – Final Clinical Experience Seminar (2)
  • ED 595 – Final Clinical Experience (10)

Additional Requirements for Secondary Education Certification (6-12 credit hours)

  • ED 555 – Special Methods of Teaching Content Subjects (3)
  • ED 575 – Reading Strategies & Interventions in the Content Areas (3)K-12 Art and K-12 PE must take 6 hours of ED 555
  • ED 575 – Reading Strategies & Interventions in the Content Areas (3)

9-12 Business Education Only

  • ED 526 – Coordination of Cooperative Education (3)
  • ED 582 – Implementing Business Education Programs (3)

9-12 English Education Only

  • ED 577 – Adolescent Literature (3)

K-12 Physical Education Only

  • ED 509 – Teaching Physical Education (2)

Certification Subject Areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Teacher Preparation Core Requirements (30 credit hours)

Additional courses may be necessary if a candidate does not meet the professional prerequisites.

  • ED 515 – General Methods & Differentiated Learning (3)
  • ED 519 – Managing the Learning Environment (3)
  • ED 520 – Technology in Education (3)
  • ED 529 – Developmental & Educational Psychology (3)
  • ED 541 – Foundations of Literacy & Language Development (3)
  • ED 585 – Practicum (3)
  • ED 594 – Final Clinical Experience Seminar (2)
  • ED 595 – Final Clinical Experience (10)

Additional Requirements for Middle School Education Certification (9-12 credit hours)

  • ED 554 – Middle School Philosophy & Organization (3)
  • ED 555 – Special Methods of Teaching Content Subjects (3)
  • ED 575 – Reading Strategies & Interventions in the Content Areas (3)

5-9 Language Arts Only

  • ED 577 – Adolescent Literature (3)

Teacher Preparation Core Requirements (30 credit hours)

Additional courses may be necessary if a candidate does not meet the professional prerequisites.

  • ED 515 – General Methods & Differentiated Learning (3)
  • ED 519 – Managing the Learning Environment (3)
  • ED 520 – Technology in Education (3)
  • ED 529 – Developmental & Educational Psychology (3)
  • ED 541 – Foundations of Literacy & Language Development (3)
  • ED 585 – Practicum (3)
  • ED 594 – Final Clinical Experience Seminar (2)
  • ED 595 – Final Clinical Experience (10)

Teacher candidates may choose one of the internship options instead of Final Clinical Experience, if applicable. This option is not available for teacher candidates seeking certification in special education.

  • ED 596 – Internship (10)
    or
  • ED 597 – Beginning Internship (3) and
  • ED 598 – Advanced Internship (7)

Strongly Recommended Courses:

  • ED 513 – Test Prep for Educators (1)
  • ED 581 – Health & Safety Issues in a School Setting (1)

Additional Requirements for Special Education Certification (44 credit hours)

Teacher candidates will earn dual certification in both elementary (grades 1-6) and special education (grades K-12) upon completion of the program.

  • ED 506 – Creative Activities & Physical Movement (3)
  • ED 507 – Geometry for Elementary & Middle School Teachers (3)
  • ED 508 – Math Methods for Elementary Teachers (3)
  • ED 530 – Children’s Literature (3)
  • ED 537 – Elementary Social Studies Methods (3)
  • ED 540 – Elementary Science Methods (2)
  • ED 543 – Language Arts Methods (3)
  • ED 553 – Analysis & Characteristics: Cross Categorical (4)
  • ED 558 – Methods & Curriculum: Cross Categorical (4)
  • ED 561 – Language Acquisition & Development (3)
  • ED 563 – Educational Assessment (3)
  • ED 564 – Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement: Special Education (1)
  • ED 567 – Transition/Career Education (2)
  • ED 570 – Assessment & Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
  • ED 581 – Health & Safety Issues in a School Setting (1)
  • ED 586 – Reading Practicum (3)

Certificates

If you’re looking to sharpen your skills in the classroom or add a certification to your credentials through exam, Avila’s advanced and graduate certificates in Education will prepare you advance your career and your salary.

For teachers who already have their initial teaching certification can add the Advanced Certification in ELL (English Language Learners).

Required Courses (21 credit hours)

The ELL Advanced Certification requires a minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework. Additional courses may be necessary if a candidate does not meet the professional prerequisites.

  • ED 650 – Language & Culture (3)
  • ED 651 – Modern Grammar & Linguistics (3)
  • ED 652 – Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy (3)
  • ED 654 – Instruction & Assessment for TESL (3)
  • ED 656 – Advanced Literature For Youth (3)
  • ED 661 – Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • ED 695 – English Language Learners (ELL) Practicum (3)

Designed for teachers interested in adding Cross-Categorical Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities certification to their teaching license by taking the Special Education content exam. The four courses in this certificate will provide the minimum critical content needed to be successful in the SPED classroom.

This is not designed to replace all of the content knowledge acquired through a traditional degree program, but rather to provide a resource for teachers interested in moving into Special Education through the exam.

Required Courses (25 credit hours)

  • ED 564 – Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement: Special Education (1)
  • ED 652 – Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy (3)
  • ED 656 – Advanced Literature For Youth (3)
  • ED 661 – Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • ED 670 – Advanced Assessment & Remediation (3)
  • ED 671 – Advanced Teaching of Secondary Literacy (3)
  • ED 673 – Evaluation of Abilities & Assessment (3)
  • ED 697 – Advanced Literacy Clinical Elementary (3)
  • ED 698 – Advanced Literacy Clinical Secondary (3)

For teachers who already have their initial teaching certification can add the Advanced Certification in Special Reading.

Required Courses (25 credit hours)

  • ED 564 – Consultation, Collaboration & Family Engagement: Special Education (1)
  • ED 652 – Methods of Teaching Language & Literacy (3)
  • ED 656 – Advanced Literature For Youth (3)
  • ED 661 – Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • ED 670 – Advanced Assessment & Remediation (3)
  • ED 671 – Advanced Teaching of Secondary Literacy (3)
  • ED 673 – Evaluation of Abilities & Assessment (3)
  • ED 697 – Advanced Literacy Clinical Elementary (3)
  • ED 698 – Advanced Literacy Clinical Secondary (3)

Program Cost and Aid


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“The way the program works, they really throw you in the deep end. But they give you plenty of opportunities to say ‘Yep, this is really what I want to do.’”

Mark Maasen, M.A.Ed. ’19 / Middle School Teacher, Blue Valley School District
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Contact

Avila University School of Education, Foyle Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3601

Cory Roup, Assistant Director of Graduate Education
P: 816.501.2464 / E: Cory.Roup@avila.edu


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