M.A. in Education
Simpson University’s Master of Arts in Education program is committed to preparing you to become a leader who will inspire, empower and collectively make a difference in the lives of future generations. Our dynamic community is uniquely designed to build character and foster purpose, while our comprehensive curriculum provides the academic training that will develop your mastership as a skilled and compassionate educator.
The Master of Arts in Education degree is primarily designed for the practicing educator who seeks increased responsibility in the education profession, with the primary focus on providing you with the academic, theoretical and field-based study necessary to ensure your personal and professional growth. This program also serves as an excellent foundation for you to continue with further graduate study. For qualified candidates it is possible to combine work on the Master’s Degree with work on the preliminary teaching credential or the preliminary administrative services credential.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your mastery in the classroom, or move into leadership or administration fields, we’ll provide the tools that will allow you to confidently pursue your passion, while adequately preparing you to meet the challenges of today’s educational system.
At Simpson University, we believe the mission of education is to provide visionary leadership: a call for both educators and students to become what they are capable of becoming, allowing them to create the future they imagine. The Master of Arts in Education is your personal invitation to become a part of that mission, taking your profession to new heights of integrity, passion and excellence.
- ED 6000 Philosophical Foundations of Education (2)
- ED 6010 Psychological Applications in Education (3)
- ED 6100 Tests and Measurements and Assessment Theory (3)
- ED 6113 Foundations and Trends in American Education (3)
- ED 6120 Leadership in Vision and Change (3)
- ED 6135 Leadership in Curriculum Instruction and Supervision (4)
- ED 6050 Research and Writing (3)
- ED 6700 Leadership in Diversity Issues (3)
- ED 6150 Leadership in Communication, Public Relations, and Politics (3)
- ED 6160 Leadership in Organizational Management (3)
- ED 5400/5410 Language Arts
- ED 5460/5470 Multicultural Instruction
- ED 5420/5430 Curriculum and Instruction
Thesis or Non-Thesis Options
- ED 6310 Project Document (2)
- ED 6310C Project Document Continuation (1)
- ED 6320 Thesis (2)
- ED 6320C Thesis Continuation(1)
- 6 Credits of approved graduate courses
- Q: How long is the program?
- Q: Are there loans available for the M.A. in Education?
- Q: Can I start any fall, summer, or spring semester?
- Q: What are the academic requirements for admission into the M.A. in Education?
- Q: How many courses are there?
- Q: How do I get started?
- Q: What else is special about Simpson's Master of Arts in Education Program?
- Dr. David Alexander(Research & Writing)
- Dr. Ron McGraw (Psychological Application in Education, Foundations & Trends, Leadership in Organizational Management, Research and Writing, Project Documents/Thesis)
- Dr. Tom Forbes (Philosophy and Technology)
- Dr. Paul Jones (Leadership in Law, Personnel & Fiscal Management, Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, Tests and Measurement)
- Dr. Neita Novo (Language Arts for Elementary, Curriculum and Instruction)
- Dr. Carol Wertz (Multicultural Instruction, Leadership in Diversity, English Language Learner Instruction, English Language Learner Application)
- David Peek (Technology)
- Matt Garrett (Language Arts for Secondary)
- Dr. Richard Harris (Leadership in Diversity, Leadership in Vision and Change, Leadership in Communications, Public Relations and Politics)
- Dr. Diane Kempley (Leadership in Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision)
- Joe Funderburg (Leadership in Vision and Change, Leadership in Diversity, Leadership in Communication, Public Relations and Politics, Leadership in Law, Personnel and Fiscal Management, Leadership in Communications)
- Kim Waddell (TESOL Curriculum and Assessment)
- Scotti Gleason (Tests and Measurement)
- Dr. Cynthia Magnuson (Psychological Applications in Education)
A: The 32-35 Credit degree can be completed in four semesters. For those taking it after achievement of a teaching credential it may be completed in three semesters. For those taking it after achievement of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential from Simpson, it may be completed in one or two semesters.
A: Yes, there are several packages. Talk to the enrollment counselor in admissions. Simpson has an excellent support system to help students navigate the ins and outs of financial aid. You must take at least 5 units of graduate work each semester to qualify for financial aid.
A: Yes. Classes are held in the evening and weekends during these semesters. You can start at the beginning of any semester.
A: You must have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester hours or submit passing scores on the GRE test.
A: There are 11-12 courses (33-35 credits). In addition to the teaching credential there are five more classes, plus a research choice of thesis or two courses. The program contains 35 units of work, if you go the non-thesis route. It is 33 units if you go with the thesis option.
In addition to the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (22 credits) there are three more courses (9 credits).
A: Apply online , and then contact Enrollment Services at (530) 226-4606 or 1-888-9-SIMPSON. They will help you with the application process.
A: We have the best program! Our M.A. students have a great reputation for being teachers and leaders in education. Many of them add the administrative credential to their education and serve as principals and superintendents. We have professors and staff who will take time for you and encourage you every step of the way. Your professors are: