Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education


The USM education graduate program is an academically challenging path. But it’s also a rewarding one.

Designed with current and future educators in mind, the USM Master of Arts in Education program will let you:

  • Develop leadership skills to shape school improvement reform or shape change in your professional setting

  • Engage in collaborative study, research, and inquiry-based learning

  • Pursue professional renewal and growth, enhancing your career

  • Reflect on ethical and moral implications related to teaching

  • Research current educational issues and build an educational knowledge base

  • Understand contemporary issues in education and how they relate to instructional methods, leadership, program development, and performance assessment

  • Use the latest techniques to monitor and enhance student learning while developing their instructional practices

See USM’s Learning Outcome Assessment and read what students had to say about our program.

Please note: the Master of Arts in Education program does not lead to a teaching license or an administrative license in Kansas.

The program consists of 11 courses totaling 31 credit hours. Some of the 11 courses are offered online. Most students complete the graduate education program in two years, by taking one class each term—including the summer term—and presenting their summary portfolio during their final term.

Plan of Study

Course Rotation

Required courses are offered in a rotation at least once a year, giving students a choice of taking their classes at three convenient locations in Overland Park and Leavenworth, Kan. Some courses may be offered online. The 10 required three-credit hour courses may be taken in any sequence, ending with the one-credit hour Summary Portfolio.

  • ED 720 Curriculum Design and Assessment

  • ED 723 Research in Education

  • ED 724 Cultural Diversity and Education

  • ED 726 Education of the Exceptional Learner

  • ED 727 Legal Issues in Education

  • ED 728 Instructional Technology

  • ED 732 Political and Ethical Structures in Education

  • ED 733 Diagnostic Procedures and Instructional Approaches

  • ED 734 Adult Education

  • ED 737 Leadership and Change in Education

  • ED 799 Seminar: Summary Portfolio (one credit hour)