​TLU Adds Master of Arts in Education Degree Starting Spring 2020

October 30, 2019

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Beginning spring 2020, Texas Lutheran University (TLU) will offer a Master of Arts in Education with two specializations: 1) Curriculum and Instruction and 2) Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Special Education. The 30-hour program can be completed in 12 months and includes a mix of face-to-face, blended, and online courses.

The new program —led by Education Department Chair Dr. Jeannette Jones— is designed for educators who are certified to teach in the state of Texas and are interested in developing professional growth opportunities in the area of curriculum and instruction or special education curriculum and instruction so they can pursue positions as instructional coordinators, grade level chairs, and department chairs.

“Students can enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer sessions (except the May term), and the course timeline and delivery are very distinctive,” Dr. Jones said. “Thinking beyond the traditional 15-week semester with courses meeting two, or three times a week, this program will offer 8- or 15-week classes that meet on some weekends, one night a week, or that can be ‘front-loaded’ where the class meets face-to-face for half or full days at the beginning of the semester. Online coursework will also continue throughout the semester.”

President Dr. Debbie Cottrell says the program also serves the community by building on TLU’s strong undergraduate program in education and the university’s long history of producing outstanding teachers. “With Dr. Jones’ effective leadership and careful work, we’ve been able to craft a program that addresses a market demand, offers flexibility for interested students—including practicing classroom professionals—and provides unique opportunities in curriculum, instruction, and special education,” Dr. Cottrell said. “We are thrilled to be adding this program to our curriculum.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual salary for instructional coordinators, grade level chairs, and department chairs is much higher than the average for U.S. workers, and the career path also has above-average growth projections.

About the Master of Arts in Education

For more information about the program, visit tlu.edu/masters-education or contact Jeannette Jones, Professor and Chair of the Education department at jjones@tlu.edu. To apply to the program, visit apply.tlu.edu/apply and select the application type “Graduate” when creating your application.

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