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Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education

Next sessions begin in June and August.

Take your leadership skills to the next level.

You are a leader in your classroom, and now you are ready to be an agent of change and leadership in your local area. Clarke University has developed a quality curriculum for teachers of K-12 students designed to prepare educators to be leaders in their communities, continue as reflective practitioners, and be dedicated to life-long learning. Our commitment is personal instruction and a convenient format in a cost-effective manner through faculty who strive to make your online experience intimate and rewarding.


Teacher in the classroom

Program Details

Our graduate education courses are designed to build upon your experience, knowledge, skills, and teaching strategies. Moreover, they are based upon current research as well as time-tested teaching and learning principles. We offer a solid foundation of integrated theory and practice that complements your experience in the classroom. If you hold licensure in elementary or secondary education, our curriculum will help you enhance your knowledge, skills, values, and confidence as a professional educator.

  • 36 credit hours
  • Developed for K-12 teachers
  • Complete your degree in as few as two years
  • Online format
  • Faculty has extensive experience in classroom and online education
  • Financial aid is available
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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know you by your first name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Paula Schmidt, Ed.D.

Paula Schmidt, Ed.D.

Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director of Graduate Education Studies

I believe that it is my role to create and maintain a classroom environment that allows students to construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct their learning in alignment with the content presented.

Ann Adkins, Ed.D.

Ann Adkins, Ed.D.

Chair and Assistant Professor of Education

I hope my enthusiasm for the education profession is evident and that I help each of my students develop the knowledge and confidence to be a masterful, caring teacher.

Rebecca Bodish, Ed.D.

I teach students how to advocate for themselves and for their future students because opportunities are lost when we don’t have the courage to speak up.

Beth Putnam, MA

Beth Putnam, MA

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Graduate Education

My expectation is to teach with an open heart, an open mind, and a smile every day. My mission is to maintain a humble and reflective disposition as well as applied flexibility enabling me to remain responsive to the needs of my students, teaching partners, and Clarke University.

Catherine Byrne Hall

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Jennifer Flores

Jennifer Flores

Master of Arts in Education ‘06

I believe my education from Clarke has made me the strong leader I am today. As an educator now myself, I see that Clarke graduates really stand out.

Nichole Ambrosia

Nichole Ambrosia

Master of Arts in Education ‘11

I received my MAE from Clarke through the 4+1 program, and I have been teaching at Colegio Panamericano in Columbia since 2014. The experience is amazing!

Jolene Green

Jolene Green

Music Education ‘11, Master of Arts in Education ‘12

After gaining a strong foundation at Clarke, I earned my Master’s in Vocal Performance at Eastern Michigan University and now travel to spread God’s heart through speech and song through a nonprofit group I founded, Cats on Rockets.

100 %
of our 4+1 graduates

secure teaching positions upon completion of the Clarke Master of Arts in Education.

Reading Endorsement

available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

100 %
of early access students

continue their Master of Arts in Education coursework at Clarke University after graduation.

Experience Clarke Master of Arts in Education for Yourself

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