Mission Statement

The graduate degree program in the Education Department emulates the Circle of Courage philosophy focusing on belonging, mastery, generosity and independence. The program is designed to enhance an individual’s ability to create positive learning environments for learners by building classrooms and schools that promote belonging, mastery, generosity, and independence. To that end, the program provides in-depth knowledge and application of educational research to classroom practice.

The Integrative Studies component of the master’s degree program enables students to interface a liberal arts perspective with rigorous, professional education training.

Overarching Program Goals
The MA Program candidates will:

  • Assume the role of teacher-scholar
  • Exhibit strong communication skills-Including writing with a variety of purposes/audiences in mind
  • Demonstrate reflective, professional dispositions in both work, and interactions

Master of Arts in Education Outcomes:

  • Explore historical and current global/national/local trends, practices, and issues in education
  • Analyze, synthesize, and apply research to inform professional practice
  • Develop multicultural competence increasing self-awareness related to diversity issues, as well as ability to plan for differentiation
  • Use technology to support learning and productivity
  • Demonstrate abilities in scholarly writing
  • Demonstrate understanding of both the core values of Augustana University, and the conceptual model of the Education Department