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MSU launches new Master of Arts in Education program 

Morehead State University is launching a new convenient program to help professional educators advance their careers. The Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education will offer a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program beginning in Fall 2023. 

The MAE program aims to help educators better contextualize education, design quality learning experiences, and teach and lead in educational settings for PreK-12. The online MAE program will support and enhance knowledge and skills for elementary, middle or secondary educators. 

Each program has multiple concentrations, such as math, English, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), gifted, and many more, to allow for the depth of study based on an education professional's interests. There is also dual-credit teaching qualification available in math, English and biology. An alternative concentration is also available for students to design a specialization.  

The learning objectives of the MAE program include:  

  • Contextual factors, such as social, historical, philosophical and psychological factors, and applying those when making decisions.  
  • Professional dispositions and professional standards appropriate to their discipline.  
  • Data literacy and research.  
  • Assessment literacy and research.  

The MAE program also has features uniquely beneficial for students:  

  • Courses intertwined with classroom practice.  
  • Courses are offered online during the fall and spring semesters and both summer sessions.  
  • The ability to complete the 30-hour program in as little as 15-18 months.  
  • Affordable graduate tuition- Kentucky residents can take 600-level education courses at the undergraduate tuition cost of around $385 per credit hour. View tuition info at  

Dr. Tim Simpson, associate dean in the Volgenau College of Education, says the combination of affordability, convenience and embedding coursework in the classroom of education professionals makes the MAE program an ideal choice for educators and a benefit to classrooms across Kentucky. 

“This program will impact our region by enhancing the capacity of our teachers to educate better the next generation of leaders and citizens,” Simpson said. 

For more information on the MAE program, contact Simpson at 606-783-2858 or

To learn more about MSU's Ernst and Sara Volgenau College of Education and its programs, call 606-783-2162 or email

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