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MAEd Master of Arts in Education


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Online MAEd degree program

Inspire your teaching. Hamline’s Master of Arts in Education program began over 20 years ago, expanding on our historic reputation for educational leadership. In Hamline’s program, you'll explore pathways to improving educational systems around the world while empowering yourself as a teacher and a leader.

With Hamline’s MA in Education, you will:

  • Join a community of professionals interested in a rigorous exploration of educational systems and the societal factors affecting their practice—and invested in advocacy to improve those systems in the world
  • Grow through an interactive, engaging, and personalized educational experience
  • Become a master teacher and leader who can promote equity in schools, build communities of learners, construct knowledge, and practice thoughtful inquiry and reflection
  • Collaborate with outstanding faculty and other educators to produce and evaluate cutting-edge approaches to curriculum and research in the field

What will it take?

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June 3, 2024

MAEd degree program details

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Start dates and application deadlines

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning that you can apply and start your Master of Arts in Education online at three separate times throughout the year. We recommend applying at least six weeks before the term you want to start to ensure your spot.

How to apply


Fall 2023 term starts
Spring 2024 term starts
Summer 2024 term starts

MAEd degree program format

Hamline's master's in education is offered entirely online. Some individual classes may meet synchronously at a set meeting time online in the evenings. You have the option of choosing elective coursework that is offered fully online, on-campus, or hybrid.

Time to complete your online master’s in education

You decide your pace, so—if you want—you can graduate as early as 24 months or take as many or as few classes as your schedule allows.

If you transfer credits for your electives from an already completed Hamline graduate education certificate, you can complete the MAEd in 18 months.

Master of Arts in Education courses

You’ll finish your master’s in education online in 10-12 courses.

Core courses (20 credits):

The core of the MAEd degree is made up of seven courses:

  • GED 8021: Designing Effective Learning Environments (2 credits)
  • GED 8022: Action Research: Practice and Application (2 credits)
  • GED 8024: Educating for Equity and Social Justice (4 credits)
  • GED 8200: Understanding Learning (2 credits)
  • GED 8210: Investigating Contemporary and Critical Issues in Education (2 credits)
  • GED 8220: Policy, Leadership, and Advocacy in Education (4 credits)
  • GED 8400: Research Design (4 credits)

Elective courses (10 credits):

Complete credits in one of Hamline’s certificate programs to further your expertise and add an additional credential to your resume.

Graduate certificates 


Capstone (4 Credits):

Choose one of the following:

  • GED 8490: Capstone Project (4 credits)
  • GED 8495: Capstone Thesis I &
  • GED 8496: Capstone Thesis II (2 credits each)

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Graduate education certificates

Add to your expertise with an additional credential that satisfies your master’s degree electives simultaneously.

Certificate name Certificate description Number of credits
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Learn to provide the quality education services adults need to participate fully in community and economic life. 12
Adult ESL Examine course design, assessment, and the development of reading, writing, and oral skills for adult English learners 8
Advanced Literacy Leadership Get the skills, knowledge, and tools to teach and coach teachers to improve literacy instruction in their classrooms 10
Advanced Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Extend your TEFL expertise with a deeper exploration into language theory and linguistics in this advanced certificate. 20
Autism Spectrum Disorder Gain the necessary skills and enhance your knowledge to better serve learners with ASD 12
Climate Literacy Learn about climate issues and gain the skills to advocate for solutions, educate others, and drive community awareness around sustainability. 10
English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom Build your confidence and develop skills to address the needs of English language learners in the mainstream classroom. 12
Environmental Education Bring the environment into your classroom with coursework in ecology, natural history, teaching methods, field biology, and geology for all levels of students. 10
Nature-based Early Learning Learn how to help young children build connections to nature with a program grounded in the North American Association for Environmental Education's early childhood guidelines for excellence. 10
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Discover the principles and practices of teaching English as a foreign language through an interactive and hands-on approach. 8


How we help make your master’s in education affordable

Competitive tuition

When you invest in an MAEd degree from Hamline, you benefit from a prestigious degree from Minnesota's first university. We work hard to ensure our tuition, accompanied by tuition discounts and other financial aid, is a worthwhile investment for all students.


Generous financial aid

In addition to the scholarships and tuition discounts listed below, additional financial aid is also available, and many graduate students use low-interest loans to finance their education.

  • Academic merit scholarships - $1,500
  • Leadership scholarships - $1,500
  • Learning partnership discounts - 10% off tuition
  • Service scholarships - 10% off tuition
  • Alumni discounts - 10% off tuition


Financial aid

Tuition discounts of 10% off are available to eligible students.

James McPherson MAEd

My coursework in Hamline's MAEd program was practical and rewarding. As a teacher, I apply the skills I learned to improve my teaching and help my students. The program's engaging structure also allowed me to learn from my classmates' myriad of experiences.

James McPherson '20, MAEd; teacher at the Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota

MAEd degree FAQs

  • Is this the master’s program for someone looking to get their first teaching license?

    No, if you are looking to get your initial teaching license as part of your master’s degree, please apply for our master's in teaching with licensure.

  • Do I need to have a teaching license to enroll in the master’s in education program?

    No, but only if you are interested in getting a master’s degree to use for career advancement outside of positions that require a teaching license.

    If you are looking to get a teaching license, please apply for our master’s in teaching degree.

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