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    Master of Arts in Education

  • Your passion is helping students reach their full potential. Ours is helping you reach yours. 

    Inside the heart of every teacher is a learner — a teacher who wants to master the craft; a mentor who wants to counsel and guide students through stages of development; a visionary who wants to build a culture where teachers are motivated and empowered to do what they do best — shape the mind of a child, and the future of society.

    Advance your practice and your career with a Master of Arts in Education from a respected leader in teaching and learning. Build on your prior professional experience with our hybrid, interactive format carefully designed for working professionals who need the flexibility of evening classes. Our master’s in education balances the best of classroom, experiential and online learning in three concentrations:

    • Teaching (get your master’s degree in 34 semester hours, or 18 to 24 months)
    • Counselor Education (move from the classroom to guidance, or change careers and become a guidance counselor, in as few as two years).
    • School Administration (earn the credentials to become a principal in 18 to 24 months)

    Balance class and work. Build strong relationships.

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    At Capital, we know teachers. If you’re not in front of the class, you’re preparing for it. But no matter how busy you are, relationships matter to you. They matter to us, too.

    So we’ve structured our hybrid Master of Arts in Education program to meet from 5 to 8 pm on Thursdays. Students and instructors will alternate one week in class on Capital’s Bexley campus and two weeks online. You’ll learn from rich discussion, challenging projects and assignments and traditional face-to-face instruction in class, in online discussion boards and blogs, and through practicum experiences.

    You can also work at your own pace through coursework that’s completed online, including readings, video responses, blogging, and face-to-face discussions.

    Learn from the best.

    The latest thinking in theory and practice is fluid, but some fundamentals never change. So in addition to Capital’s renowned education and leadership faculty, you’ll learn from practitioners at some of the Central Ohio region's top school districts, including Grandview Heights, Olentangy Orange and Worthington.

    Contact us at adult-grad@capital.edu if you need further information or have questions. We welcome your inquiries. 

    The mission of the teacher education program at Capital University is to prepare competent, caring and committed professional educators who use theory, research and reflection to teach, lead and serve diverse communities of learners. For a complete overview of the Master of Arts in Education at Capital University, see our student handbook

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  •   MAEd in Teaching 

    Master of Arts in Education in Teaching

    “The program will stand out in that it will intentionally focus on praxis – where theory intersects with practice – and will provide students with strong theoretical knowledge as well as real-life application of that knowledge. There is a strong mix of seasoned professionals who are currently or recently in the field and active scholars with strong national reputations.”

    Bradley Conrad, Ph.D.
    Assistant professor of Education
    Capital University

    This program views teachers as leaders and researchers, and classrooms as laboratories for learning communities. It weaves emphasis on research, effective use of technology, culturally responsive teaching and broad respect for diversity and inclusion throughout the graduate student experience — from entry to the program to the Capstone Research Project.

    Capital believes the best learning occurs with high-impact practices. So your professors will engage you in applied research and data analysis to deepen professional teaching practice, extend teaching skills and competencies and enhance learning outcomes. Working with your graduate faculty member, you will design and conduct an applied research project or thesis. With cross-curricular training through Capital MBA courses, you will earn a well-rounded degree and become a better teacher and leader. One option within the program even allows you to earn your TESOL Endorsement (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) to make you even more marketable with an endorsement and a master’s degree. This program aligns with National Board Certification requirements and the Ohio Master Teacher Framework.

    » Take the first step toward your Master of Arts in Education degree. Request more information or arrange to schedule a visit.
     
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    • Criteria for admission:

      • Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
      • Satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B);
      • Evidence of having taken the Ohio Assessment for Educators or comparable state mandated initial teaching license assessment (for Master of Arts in Teaching only);
      • Evidence of having a minimum of two years successful teaching experience when applying for a license (for Master of Arts in School Administration only);
      • Evidence of compatibility of professional goals with Capital University’s Master of Arts in Education program, as addressed in submitted writing sample and personal interview; 
      • Evidence of ability to successfully complete program as collectively indicated in all materials submitted in the application process; and
      • Signed Statement of Assurance of Good Moral Character.
    • Course Requirements for this concentration

      Anticipated length of program/Calendar
      The program is designed to let you go at your own pace but you could complete in as few as 12 months! Courses will begin in January, May and August.

      Courses:
      EDUC-510: Research Methods and Design I (4 credit hours)
      This course covers the basic research tools needed for quantitative and qualitative analysis.

      EDUC-520: Research and Methods of Inquiry II (4 credit hours)
      This course demonstrates how to implement an individualized research project.

      EDUC-530: Principles of Leadership (4 credit hours)
      This course will explore the leadership necessary to effectively serve as a mentor.

      EDUC-532: Educational Change (4 credit hours)
      This course looks at those things which bring change upon education and how to create change effectively.

      EDUC-534: Teaching: Best Practices (4 credit hours)
      This course looks at current best practices in teaching.

      EDUC-536: Learners and Learning Theory 4 (credit hours)
      This course provides a detailed analysis of learning theories and the impact upon instruction.

      EDUC-699: Capstone Research Hours (4 credit hours)

      Required MBA courses:
      MBA-600: Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 credit hours)
      This course covers organization ethics.

      MBA-613: Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
      This course covers the theories of organizational behavior.


      TESOL Endorsement Options:
      EDUC 550: Issues in Second Language Acquisition: Theory and practice (4 credit hours)

      EDUC 560: Studies in English Language Structure and Linguistics (4 credit hours)

      EDUC 570: Sociolinguistics and Culture (4 credit hours)

      EDUC 580: Assessment, Evaluation, and Program Development in TESOL (4 credit hours)

      EDUC 600: Practicum (5 credit hours)

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    • Application Process

      For All Concentrations:

      1. Submit an online application. Select the Graduate Application and select your concentration. It will include a writing sample, academic plan questions, and a place to upload your current resume or curriculum vita.  
      2. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended. Mail to:Adult and Graduate Education Capital University1 College and Main Columbus, OH 43209-2394
      3. Three letters of reference (must include at least one from a school administrator if applicant has teaching experience) Can be emailed to adult-grad@capital.edu or mailed to the address above.
      4. Apply for Financial Aid. If you plan on utilizing financial aid to help pay for your courses, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Capital’s FAFSA code is 003023.  

      For Teaching Concentration only:
      Copy of OAE Assessment for Professional Knowledge or comparable assessment score.  

      For School Administration Concentration only:
      Documentation of teaching experience (can be included in letter of recommendation)  

      (A meeting with the admission committee may be required)

       


  •  School Counseling

    Counselor Education

    Become a school counselor — and help students bring balance to their complex lives.


    Students are impacted by more than what happens in the classroom. This exciting time of life can bring with it personal, social and academic pressure, and at times students can feel overwhelmed, wondering how to move forward. With a Master of Arts in Education (Counselor Education) from Capital, you can serve as a trusted guide and help them achieve academic and personal success during their journey of self-discovery. Our graduate counselor program will prepare you to play a vital role in helping them make sense of their world inside and outside of school. Designed for working professionals, our unique program combines the convenience of online courses and on-campus classes with personal interaction with your professors and your faculty adviser.

    Through coursework that merges theory and best practices taught by highly respected professionals in the field, you can obtain the requisite knowledge and understanding you need to reach, advise and counsel today’s diverse, socially wired student population. And through the program’s school counseling practicum and school counseling internship, you’ll be putting your training and research to work where it matters — in real schools with real students. Your course of study culminates in a Capstone Research Project designed in concert with your faculty adviser and reflecting your professional interests, goals and aspirations.

    If you’re interested moving from the classroom or changing careers altogether, you can obtain an MAEd in School Counseling in as few as two years. And you don’t need an undergraduate degree in teaching to enroll, but can gain entry with a bachelor’s degree from any accredited institution of higher education. As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible for licensure as a Professional School Counselor by the Ohio Department of Education and will be prepared to work in public and private K-12 educational settings.

    Make our network, your network

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    Capital’s renowned teaching faculty includes both distinguished professors and researchers as well as working educational professionals from throughout central Ohio and across the state. In learning from them and working alongside them, you’ll be joining a vibrant network of established educators you can turn to for guidance, career opportunities and insight for years to come.

    Learn more through a personal campus visit.


    The first step toward your MAEd in Counselor Education degree starts with an information session offered on the Capital campus where you can meet personally with faculty and staff. While our information brochures and website provide lots of vital information, they can’t replace the personal interaction available through these invaluable live encounters. So take that next step. Come to campus. Ask questions. Get answers. Find out if Capital’s Master of Arts in Counselor Education is right for you.

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    • Criteria for admission:

      • Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
      • Satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B);
      • Evidence of compatibility of professional goals with Capital University’s Master of Arts in Education program, as addressed in submitted writing sample and personal interview; 
      • Evidence of ability to successfully complete program as collectively indicated in all materials submitted in the application process; and
      • Signed Statement of Assurance of Good Moral Character.
    • Course Requirements

      This course provides introductory skills, philosophies, principles, and practice of school counseling. While we encourage students to attend full-time and complete the course of study on two academic years, there are curriculum to accommodate three- and four-year plans. Courses begin in the fall of each year for all students (with some courses optional to begin during the summer semester). Students will need to complete the 64-credit hour program of study, which includes concentrations in foundations (18 credit hours), development (4 credit hours), professional counseling (12 credit hours), counseling populations (8 credit hours), research and advanced skills (10 credit hours) and field experience (12 semester hours). For a complete list of courses and correlative syllabi contact Michael Lewis at mlewis7@capital.edu.


    • Application Process

      1. Submit an online application. Select the Graduate Application and select your concentration. It will include a writing sample, academic plan questions, and a place to upload your current resume or curriculum vita.;
      2. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended. Mail to:
        Adult and Graduate Education
        Capital University
        1 College and Main
        Columbus, OH 43209-2394
      3. Three letters of professional reference (must include at least one from a school administrator if applicant has teaching experience). Letters should be from individuals who can attest to your preparedness for graduate level work and/or disposition for the professional. Character references from family members or friends are not needed. Can be emailed to adult-grad@capital.edu or mailed to the address above.
      4. Apply for Financial Aid. If you plan on utilizing financial aid to help pay for your courses, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Capital’s FAFSA code is 003023.

  •  Administration

    School Administration

    Broaden your impact on the quality of education with a degree that prepares you to lead


    As a teacher, you’ve treasured the difference you can make in an individual student’s life. Over the years, your impact and your ability to lead have grown. Now you find it’s time to step to the next level — and consider the difference you can make as a school administrator.

    Working education professionals from throughout the Columbus Region have made Capital University their destination for a Master of Arts in Education (School Administration) degree. That’s no surprise. Our faculty, our flexible programming, our students and our campus combine to deliver the skills, knowledge and professional network today’s educational leaders need if they are to continue achieving the quality and better student outcomes society needs to grow and prosper.

    Our program, which can be completed in fewer than two years, combines the convenience of online courses, on-campus classes and personal interaction with your professors, peers and faculty advisor. In the course of your study, you will take classes that merge the latest theory, research and best practices that today’s most sought-after education administrators need to succeed. The program also emphasizes cross-curricular learning, incorporating foundational courses taught by select business professors of Capital’s MBA program. As a student and graduate, you’ll tap into a tight network of administrative professionals whose connections and insight you’ll rely on for guidance, professional growth and community long after you earn your degree. We call it CapFam, and it’s lifelong. Upon completing your course of study, you will be ready to take the Ohio Principal Licensure exam.

    Make our network, your network.


    Capital’s renowned teaching faculty includes both distinguished professors and researchers as well as working educational professionals from throughout central Ohio and across the state. In learning from them and working alongside them, you’ll be joining a vibrant network of established educators you can turn to for guidance, career opportunities and insight for years to come.

    Discover why educational leaders like you choose Capital.


    There’s no better way to evaluate the quality of our graduate programs than in person. We urge all potential candidates to come to campus for an information session and meet with faculty members, staff and current students. While our brochures and website offer lots of vital information, they can’t replace the personal interaction available through these invaluable live encounters. So take that next step. Come to campus. Ask questions. Get answers. Find out if Capital’s Master of Arts in Education (Administration) is right for you.

     

  • In this section..

    • Criteria for admission:

      • Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
      • Satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B);
      • Evidence of having taken the Ohio Assessment for Educators or comparable state mandated initial teaching license assessment (for Master of Arts in Teaching only);
      • Evidence of having a minimum of two years successful teaching experience when applying for a license (for Master of Arts in School Administration only);
      • Evidence of compatibility of professional goals with Capital University’s Master of Arts in Education program, as addressed in submitted writing sample and personal interview; 
      • Evidence of ability to successfully complete program as collectively indicated in all materials submitted in the application process; and
      • Signed Statement of Assurance of Good Moral Character.
    • Course Requirements for this concentration

      Our program is designed to let you go at your own speed. Courses will begin in January, May and August.
      11 total courses (9 in the education department) could be completed in 20 months
      ** due to accreditation requirements the School Administration Internship must take place over 2 semesters, and must be the culminating experience

      Courses:
      EDUC-505: Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
      This course covers meeting facilitation, community engagement, school culture, visioning, and other educational leadership topics.
      ***Field experience component included with this course.

      EDUC-515: School Law (3 credit hours)

      EDUC-525: Resource Management (3 credit hours)
      This course covers budgeting, human resources, and facility management.
      ***Field experience component included with this course.

      EDUC-532: Educational Change (4 credit hours)
      This course covers change models and enacting change.

      EDUC-534: Teaching: Best Practices (4 credit hours)
      This course looks at current best practices in teaching.

      EDUC-535: Counseling Strategies for Administrators (3 credit hours)
      This course covers basic counseling strategies for group and individual counseling.

      EDUC-545: Instructional Supervision and Professional Development (3 credit hours)
      This course covers supervision strategies and how to build effective professional development programs.

      EDUC-355: Research Development and Data Analysis (3 credit hours)
      This course covers how to conduct research and effectively utilize data.

      EDUC-605: School Administration Internship (2 credit hours per semester-2 semesters needed)


      Required MBA courses:
      MBA-600: Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 credit hours)
      This course covers organizational ethics.

      MBA-613: Organizational Behavior and Collaborative Processes (3 credit hours)
      This course covers theories or organizational behavior.

    • Application Process

      For All Concentrations:

      1. Submit an online application. Select the Graduate Application and select your concentration. It will include a writing sample, academic plan questions, and a place to upload your current resume or curriculum vita.  
      2. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended. Mail to:Adult and Graduate Education Capital University1 College and Main Columbus, OH 43209-2394
      3. Three letters of reference (must include at least one from a school administrator if applicant has teaching experience) Can be emailed to adult-grad@capital.edu or mailed to the address above.
      4. Apply for Financial Aid. If you plan on utilizing financial aid to help pay for your courses, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Capital’s FAFSA code is 003023.  

      For Teaching Concentration only:
      Copy of OAE Assessment for Professional Knowledge or comparable assessment score.  

      For School Administration Concentration only:
      Documentation of teaching experience (can be included in letter of recommendation)  

      (A meeting with the admission committee may be required)