Impact future generations.
Earn your master’s degree in Education.

School is more than No. 2 pencils, recess and report cards. It’s the teacher who believed in you, even when others didn’t. It’s the principal who pushed you to aim higher. It’s the studies that captivated your mind. Now it’s your turn to shape future generations. Make your impact through a master’s degree in Teaching, Curriculum or Administration.

Why get a master’s degree in Education?

Depending on the online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) concentration you choose, you can learn to:

  • Share your love of learning with elementary, secondary or special education students.
  • Teach adult learners to excel in community college, corporate, human services or nonprofit organizations.
  • Evaluate and utilize curriculum in a way that makes learning come alive through technology, coaching strategies and multicultural thinking.

With an online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), you can also prepare for teacher licensure for elementary, secondary or special education, or K–12 principal licensure with a focus on administration.

View requirements for teacher licensure for your state.

View requirements for principal licensure for your state.

Because you’re a busy adult juggling a lot, our Master of Arts in Education degree programs can be earned one 6-week course at a time. That way, you can achieve your educational dreams — and help the next generation achieve theirs — while balancing work, home and family.

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Choose the MAEd program that’s right for you:

Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education:

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Education and want to embark on a career as an elementary school teacher, this graduate program is designed for you. Build on your existing bachelor’s degree with an MAEd in Elementary Teacher Education and start gaining the skills to become a competent, confident classroom teacher. Courses are designed to help you learn:

  • Effective classroom teaching strategies
  • How to foster critical thinking for diverse learners
  • On-the-job experiences through field-based student teaching

Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education:

If you’ve thought about becoming a teacher but your bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than Education, our Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education degree program can help you get there. You’ll focus on secondary student learning through a blend of academic theory, coursework and student teaching. Courses are built to help you:

  • Become a single-subject high school teacher.
  • Develop curriculum, instructional and assessment skills.
  • Take responsibility for your students’ learning.

Master of Arts in Education/Special Education:

Designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in another field, this introduction to the needs of exceptional students will provide you with the skills to positively impact their educational experience. The curriculum is aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards and helps cultivate your collaboration, communication and intuition skills. You’ll study:

  • Learner characteristics for mild to moderate disabilities
  • Inclusion strategies
  • How to meet the needs of diverse student populations

Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training:

This versatile Adult Education degree program is designed for those interested in helping adults reach their potential. Motivate adults as a corporate trainer or teach in a professional development or community college setting. You’ll cover skills and practices that include:

  • Incorporating technology into adult education and training programs
  • Evaluating organizational education and training needs
  • Helping adults learn in the way they learn best

Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction:

Influence student learning with a Curriculum and Instruction degree. This graduate degree program for teachers (P–12) is designed to foster creative strategies for using and improving curriculum in the classroom. Some graduates go on to become curriculum or instruction directors. Courses help you:

  • Develop curriculum assessment skills
  • Integrate technology into teaching lessons
  • Create effective learning environments

If you have an academic endorsement or have taken eligible Continuing Education courses, you may be able to save time and money on your MAEd/CI by waiving up to 12 credits. 

Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision:

Experienced educators, take your career to the next level by preparing for K–12 school principal licensure.* Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful school leader who can apply theory to practice. Courses will help you:

  • Make data-driven decisions.
  • Understand facility, legal, communication and other administration needs.
  • Gain real-world experience through an administrative internship.

* Requirements vary by state. Learn more.


Why Phoenix?

The College of Education offers curriculum and fieldwork rooted in experience. Whether you’re preparing for your edTPA assessment, readying for principal licensure or looking to incorporate technology into lesson plans, your master’s degree in Education can prepare you to stay relevant and effective in this rapidly changing field.

Education that fits your life

You’ll take one 6-week course at a time. So you can pursue your dreams without putting your life on hold.

Licensure support

You’re not in this alone. Our advisors can help you navigate through teacher or principal state licensure and credentialing requirements.

Student teaching

You’ll get help being placed in a school for your student teaching through our affiliations with school districts in your state.

The following programs: (BSEd/E, BSEd/ECH, BSLS, MAEd/TED-E, MAEd/TED-S and MAEd/SPE) provide the academic preparation required by most states to sit for initial teacher certification exams.

Residents of Alabama, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Puerto Rico and Texas: This is an Arizona-based program.  As an out-of-state-prepared candidate for initial teacher licensure, your state requires you to obtain Arizona certification first prior to seeking licensure in your home state.

For more information on licensure requirements, application materials and website information for your state’s board or department of education, click on your state below.

Advanced degrees (MAEd/ADM, MAEd/CI):
University of Phoenix advanced degree programs (Administration & Supervision and Curriculum & Instruction) may lead to certification in some states. College of Education programs are offered in Florida based on home-state approval from the Arizona Department of Education.

Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.

Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University’s advanced programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.

MAEd/CI (this is an advanced program):
The MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction does not lead to certification as a teacher. This program is designed for students who have already obtained their teaching credential. 

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.