Master of Art in Education (M.A.E). Students earning the M.A.E with a focus on English Language Arts learn research-based classroom practices and theories of learning that support language and literacy development. They acquire an understanding of the literacy practices that define English language arts and develop facility in promoting those practices. They also consider how current issues in education intersect with literacy. Students may elect a specialization area such as Literacy and the Arts or Media Literacy Education (MLE courses are available online) as well as other areas of special interest. The M.A.E degree requires a thesis or project. Students confer with a faculty advisor to design a course of study focused on literacy development that supports their professional goals. The Master’s of Arts in Education with a focus on English language arts/literacy studies includes 30 hours of coursework and the completion of a 6-hour research or teaching project in collaboration with a faculty committee. This degree does not lead to professional teacher certification. Applicants interested in professional teacher certification should consider our Certificate Program in Secondary Teaching.