Master of Arts in Education

Course Descriptions

All Master's Degree options consist of a minimum of 30 credits.  Completion of Core Coursework is a requirement of all degree options.  Core Coursework consists of a minimum of 15-credits and license/endorsement/elective credits consist of an additional 15-credits minimum.

Core Courses:  

EDUC 600 Ethical Issues in School and Society: Past, Present, and Future (3-credits)
Students in this course are charged with examining the role of an educator as a moral steward. Students will be asked to think about the individual role that they assume in achieving and maintaining a more democratic and ethical society through education. Investigations into controversial ethical issues and dilemmas prepare educators to critically think through potential situations that may arise with students, parents, administrators, and peers. Students will look at the overview of the systemic nature of education and schooling, with emphasis on the role of the teacher. Students will be introduced to the concept of learning in community, and the concept of nurturing and care for the system of education. The lens of the Viterbo values will be utilized and applied to teachers' roles in the educational system. These values are contemplation, hospitality, integrity, stewardship, and service. Using these values as a lens, students will review and take a stand on critical issues facing education at the present time.

EDUC 601 Action Research in Education-Introductory (3-credits)
This course provides an overview of educational research theory and practice. Teachers will design an approved research project on an approved educational topic. 

EDUC 602 Action Research in Education-Intermediate (1-credit)
This course is the second in the Educational Action Research Sequence that requires students to implement the action research study that was proposed in EDUC 601. Students will put into place the proposed action and collect the data for the action research study.  Prerequisite: EDUC 601.

EDUC 606 Action Research in Education-Advanced (2-credits)
This course is the third in the Educational Action Research Sequence that requires students to analyze, interpret, and write up the results of the action research study that was proposed in EDUC 601 and implemented in EDUC 602. Prerequisite:  EDUC 601 and EDUC 602.

EDUC 623 Teacher Leadership and Professional Learning (3-credits)
This course asks students to re-examine their role as one who generates change in the education system by engaging in self-reflection and self-assessment of his/her current classroom best practices. In addition, students will be asked to develop a plan for future professional growth and development, including their pedagogical strengths and their opportunities for improvement. Students will develop a professional development plan as their path to continuous improvement as an educator. Finally, teachers will produce a teaching performance self-assessment that will include videotaped segments to showcase their teaching highlights. The Viterbo values of contemplation, hospitality, integrity, stewardship, and service are expected to be visible in student work that is submitted for the course

EDUC 604 Proseminar (3 credits)
Proseminar integrates the ideas presented in the core courses. It includes presentation of the research project developed during the Educational Action Research Sequence.

Elective Courses:  A minimum of 15 elective credits will be completed as a component of all degree options. Elective coursework will vary based upon the individual student's chosen degree plan. 

Transfer Credits: A student may request to transfer up to six semester credit hours of graduate credit, taken within seven years of application date, to be applied to the MAE degree program.  Up to six semester credit hours, taken within five years of application, may be considered for the Iowa Educational Leadership program for equivalent graduate courses. Courses eligible for transfer must have an earned letter grade of B or better.  Official transcripts showing the successful completion of these courses must be submitted at the time of application to the program to be considered. 

Time Limit: All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within seven years from the date of application to the graduate program.

Graduate Tuition: $380 per credit tuition plus $10 per credit resource fee for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Financial Aid Information: Financial Aid is available for the MAE program. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information. 

Apply to the Master of Arts in Education program: click on the "Apply Now" tab on the left of this page. All students who intend to register for courses must be accepted into the program prior to registering for courses.

Register for Courses: New students will be assisted with registration for the first semester by the Graduate Education Advisor.  Returning students should register online via VitNet. Courses with less than a minimum of 10 students registered are subject to cancellation. 

Wisconsin Contact Information:

Susan Hughes, Program Specialist & Wisconsin Student Advisor, for program information or application questions: 608-976-3394 or 

Iowa Contact Information:

Michael Gonzalez,
 Director, Partnership Development and Site Coordinator, 4949 Westown Prkwy Suite 195, West Des Moines, IA 50266  Phone: 515-224-4811 or 1-888-235-2200  Email:

Carol Page, Iowa Educational Leadership Program Specialist/Iowa Student Advisor, or 515-224-4811 or 1-888-235-2200