Master of Arts in Education
Washington University's Department of Education offers an in-service master's degree program designed to produce inquiry oriented teachers. We offer three strands of study; the first two strands are for certified teachers, and the third is for in-service teachers who are uncertified. Educators enrolled in the program will assess their skills, chart their own growth and plan a course of study which will enhance their own professional development and growth.
Admission to the M.A.Ed. Instructional Process program is open on a selective basis to practicing educators with strong credentials. It is expected that applicants will have at least a "B" average in their undergraduate course work. The applicant must submit the following:
•A completed Application for Graduate Admission form with personal essay
•Official transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work and degrees granted); (University College can request the transcript(s) on your behalf, click here for the transcript release form)
•Three letters of reference. Academic references are strongly encouraged.
•Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (University College's GRE code is 2833).
Applications for the M.A.Ed.-IP may be obtained from either the Department of Education, 314-935-6791, or University College, 314-935-6700. The Department of Education admission committee considers the application and makes a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School who makes admission decisions.
Any students wishing to enroll for courses prior to admission may be able to do so with permission from the Washington University Department of Education. However, a student may enroll for only one semester as an unclassified student and must seek admission during that semester.
Students enrolled in the ED 6000 Hands-on Science course work are considered exceptions to this policy. However, even these students should realize that enrollment does not imply admission to this program. Normally, ED 6000 course work will be accepted toward the science education strand upon acceptance of the student into this program. There is no guarantee that any course work taken prior to admission will be applicable to M.A.Ed.-IP unless prior permission of the Washington University Department of Education has been obtained.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences policy states that course work from other institutions will not be considered for transfer until after the graduate student has been admitted and completed 12 credit hours of course work within his/her program. After completion of 12 credit hours here the student may petition the Dean to accept transfer course work. No more than 6 credit hours may be transferred into the master's degree program.
Program of Study
The M.A.Ed.-IP degree program offers three options or strands of study:
•elementary/middle school science education
•innovative certification. All three strands require students to study their own educational practice through the development of a professional portfolio.
Every M.A.Ed.--IP student must complete 12 credit hours of required core courses; this includes 3-7 credits of portfolio work plus 9 credit hours of other required course work described below. The balance of the credits required to obtain the M.A.Ed.-IP are composed of work within one of the three strands described. Requirements may differ for those in the Innovative Teacher Certification Strand.
The portfolio process frames the entire master's degree program for all students. The program begins with a required two credit hour introduction to portfolio course (ED 513). Throughout the program all students must attend the one credit hour continuing portfolio class (ED 515). Finally, the program culminates in a one credit hour final portfolio presentation (ED 516). The maximum credit for portfolio course work is 7 hours. If a student enrolls for more than five semesters, he/she can either audit the continuing portfolio class or can take the class for credit that will not apply to the degree.
•Ed 513 Creating a Portfolio (Fall course - 2 units)
•Ed 461 Introduction to Educational Tests & Measurements (Fall course - 3 units)
•Ed 4312 Tools of Inquiry (Spring course - 3 credits; 1 hour counts towards portfolio work)
•Ed 515 Continuing the Portfolio Process (Fall/Spring course - 1 credit)
•Ed 516 MAEd Portfolio Presentation (Fall/Spring course - 1 unit)
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