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4+1 Master of Arts in Education Program

MAE Early Access

The 4+1 program, with an instructional leadership emphasis, is designed for students who desire to complete their undergraduate degree and proceed directly into a one-year, practicum-based master’s degree through Clarke. Admission to this program is competitive and will be granted to the most qualified candidates.

In the Clarke University 4+1 MAE program, graduate students in education experience a unique combination of online coursework, practicum, and a senior-year January experiential course. Clarke University partners with local school districts to secure a full-time, post-licensure practicum for an academic year in a classroom in the Dubuque area.

The 4+1 program offers a rich balance of content research and pedagogical experience. Online courses merging novice and veteran teachers offer a diverse exchange of ideas. A January immersion course provides an experiential component to begin the graduate student journey and deepen understanding of the significant impact of socioeconomic factors in education. Monthly seminar discussions from August through May allow students to share practicum experiences.