The Master of Arts in Education provides many opportunities for educators to expand their teaching skills and knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Education program is designed for working educators, enabling them to strengthen their knowledge, subject specialization and professional outlook through a University of Michigan-Dearborn degree.

The M.A. in Education is a 30-credit hour program with courses offered in the evening and online. The M.A. in Education offers the opportunity to pursue an additional endorsement in addition to earning a graduate-level degree. Students could earn a master's degree with or without an endorsement. A valid Michigan Teaching Certificate is only required if students are seeking an endorsement as part of their program.

There are two concentrations within the M.A. in Education program that can be completed fully online. The M.A. in Education with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the M.A. in Education without an additional endorsement can both be completed online.

This program prepares educators for the renewal of a Standard Certificate or the upgrade to a Professional Education Certificate.

What will I Learn?

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Ed.) degree program will gain:

  • Knowledge of established research and best practices in their specific disciplines (early childhood, early childhood inclusion, ESL, reading, technology, mathematics, mathematics leadership, the middle grades and public administration or liberal arts content)
  • Strategies to enable them to be effective leaders within their respective disciplines at the classroom, school and/or district level
  • Skills to enable them to continue to develop their knowledge of research and best practices that lead to effective instructional strategies for all student achievement

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the M.A. in Education.

Admission Requirements

Students must submit the following items with their application.

The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Valid state of Michigan teaching certificate if seeking an additional endorsement

Completion Requirements

Before exiting from the M.A. in Education, you need to complete two steps:

  1. Apply for graduation.
  2. Submit an Exit Survey. The purpose of this survey is to assist the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the evaluation of the master’s degree program and to serve as a guide for program development.


M.A in Education without additional endorsements (Online option)

Learn more about its course requirements.

M.A. in Education with TESOL (Online)

Learn more about its course requirements.

M.A. in Education with the following endorsements

Note: The ESL endorsement concentration could be completed online based on course offerings.


Department Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)

Academic Advisors

Education (M.A.)

Stein Brunvand, Ph.D.
313-583-6415, D7 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Brunvand.

Education with ESL and/or Reading Specialist Endorsement (M.A.)

Danielle DeFauw, Ph.D.
313-583-5426, C1 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. DeFauw.

Education with ESL and/or Reading Specialist Endorsement (M.A.)

Kirsten Dara Hill, Ph.D.
313-593-4769, C9 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Hill.

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