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Leadership & Learning

Master of Arts in Education — Program Overview

You want to make a difference, but you don't want to be an administrator. Get an online Master of Arts in Education degree, designed for licensed teachers who are interested in shaping the future of education without leaving the classroom.


Our "Leadership and Learning" specialization focuses on current trends in moving expert teachers into teacher leader roles.

Courses are taught in sequence through online delivery and include active discussion, self-reflection and inquiry.

The program is aligned to the Iowa Task Force on Teacher Compensation, the Iowa Teaching Standards, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the National Standards for Teacher Leaders.

With cohorts starting in June and completion of your degree in 18 months, you will be able to advance your career, move across the salary schedule and apply for teacher leader roles in your school. There is no entrance exam and no thesis.

Core Courses

EDUC 500 - Research for School Leaders
EDUC 501 - Learning and Learners
EDUC 502 - Literacy, STEAM, and Turn-Around Schools
EDUC 503 - Systems Change in Organizations
EDUC 504 - Instructional Design and Assessment
EDUC 505 - Dynamics of Adult Learning and Professional Collaboration
EDUC 506 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation
EDUC 507 - Teaching and Assessing Virtual Classrooms
EDUC 508 - Shared Leadership and Supervision
EDUC 509 - Issues and Advocacy in Teacher Leadership

Additional Program Requirements

Before enrolling, copies of all earned teaching certificates and/or licenses must be submitted. Students must also prove completion of at least the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and GPA for the most recent 60 credit hours of undergraduate work must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For more info, see the MAE admissions checklist


Education Department at Briar Cliff

Iowa Department of Education

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards