Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Master of Arts Education program accredited? How can I be sure?

Yes. The University of Saint Mary Master of Arts Education program is regionally accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges (NCA), 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. To verify this, you can call the Association at (800) 621-7440, or send a fax inquiry to (312) 263-7462. The University of Saint Mary also is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).*

NCATE* University of Saint Mary is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.


Will these courses transfer to other colleges? What if I want to go on to a degree in administration, reading, or a specialist or doctoral degree?

Transfer agreements depend on the college/university and the program that you are entering. Your best strategy is to contact the university or college you plan to attend. Program requirements for each college/university will differ.


Will this master’s degree be accepted by other districts or in other states?

Yes. Because the University of Saint Mary is regionally accredited, the Master of Arts in Education degree should be recognized across districts and states. However, always check with your district and state department of education for any special requirements.


Do I have to be a certified/licensed teacher to enter the program?

No. The program is designed for classroom teachers (K-12) and non-traditional students focusing on adult or higher education.


How will this program help me individually? How will it apply to my specific teaching situation?

This program is based upon a problem-based inquiry model, so you will select challenges or issues that you specifically want to address in your classroom or educational setting. Using everything you read and learn in your coursework and from your fellow students, you will develop, analyze, implement, and assess papers and projects on teaching and learning. This ensures that you receive a rich, personalized learning experience that focuses on student performance.


How is this master’s degree program different than others?

This 31-credit-hour program blends online and face-to-face coursework at campuses in Overland Park and Leavenworth, Kansas. Accelerated 8-week courses start in August, October, January, March, and May. Since its establishment in 1923, Saint Mary has gained a reputation for developing value-centered graduates who are strong decision-makers, problem-solvers, and educational leaders.


How do I get my books and materials?

You may order your books through our online bookstore.

Once I have been accepted, what do I need to do next?

  1. Call and arrange to meet with the program director or advisor to select appropriate classes.

  2. Visit the Overland Park Campus at 4500 College Blvd. to complete an enrollment form and financial arrangements.

  3. Order your books from MBS Direct.

  4. Obtain your pre-assignment from eSpire, USM’s web secure portal.

  5. Come to class on the appropriate night. Contact your program advisor to confirm.


How much technology do I need to know? What technology support is available?

You need to be able to use email, send attachments in email, utilize web-based and online resources, and create documents in a word processing program. Your instructor will be available to talk you through any technology challenges you may face along the way.