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Teaching and learning M.Ed.

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    Teaching and learning M.Ed.

    Advance your education career with a flexible, research-based master’s program that emphasizes education in the Alaska context.

Explore the teaching and learning master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in teaching and learning is designed for professionals seeking advanced studies in education. Supporting the development of scholarly practitioners, this innovative master’s program includes applied research and professional growth opportunities you can pursue based on your interests and career goals. The entire program can be completed online with the option to take some face-to-face classes for your professional concentration area.

What you’ll learn in the teaching and learning program

  • Advanced content and pedagogical knowledge for teaching
  • How to use research to inform professional practice
  • Connections between social justice and education
  • Leadership and facilitation skills
  • How to translate educational theories into culturally responsive practice

Concentrations in the teaching and learning program

UAA’s program allows you to select a concentration area relevant to your academic interests and professional goals. Examples of concentration areas include curriculum and teaching, teacher leadership, Indigenous education, adult and professional learning, culturally responsive education and place-based education.

Teaching and learning scholarships and financial aid

Get help with tuition and education costs. UAA offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities you may qualify for as a teaching and learning master’s degree student. If you hold National Board Teaching Certification or a teaching certificate in Montessori Education from an accredited institution, you can also save on tuition by waiving nine credits in the professional concentration area. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Teaching and learning M.Ed.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Concentration: Selected by student

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Online, Anchorage campus

What can you do with a teaching and learning degree from UAA?

Graduates of UAA’s teaching and learning program are prepared to address complex problems and perform critical analysis and evaluation. The program is also designed to prepare students with valuable leadership skills that will help to facilitate discussion and decision-making processes on the job.

Teaching and learning graduate programs
The master’s program is excellent preparation for a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program based on the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate scholarly practitioner model. In addition, with advising and planning, teaching and learning students can complete coursework and a research project to prepare for a research-oriented Ph.D. program.

Teaching and learning careers
A master’s degree in teaching and learning will prepare you for opportunities such as:

  • Leadership positions in education-related programs
  • Instructor in university or college
  • Professional development/continuing education presenter for school district or other organizations
  • K-12 teacher salary advancement

UAA graduates have gone on to positions including:

  • Instructors of professional development courses
  • K-12 teachers
  • Executive Officer in U.S. Air Force
  • Project Coordinator at Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force
  • Director of TRIO Upward Bound

Teaching and learning master’s degree program highlights

Tailor a graduate degree experience that matches your professional goals and learning needs. The following are some of the top reasons to choose UAA for your master’s degree in teaching and learning:

  • Gain hands-on professional experience. The teaching and learning program features an applied research project in which you’ll explore a problem of practice relevant to your career. You will also develop a portfolio based on your coursework and professional practice.
  • Prepare for needs and challenges specific to the Alaska education system. UAA’s program emphasizes education in the Alaska context with study areas including indigenous education, decolonizing education, social justice, and ethnic and linguistic diversity in education. If you are new to Alaska and need to complete the state-required six credits in Multicultural Studies and Alaska Studies for P-12 educators, you can include these courses in your graduate program.
  • Develop a comprehensive view of education. UAA’s teaching and learning program approaches education, and the role of the educator, in a comprehensive way that transcends the traditional P-12 setting. Students in the master’s degree program include P-12 educators as well as professionals in university student services, nonprofit organizations and branches of the U.S. Military.
  • Choose your professional concentration. As part of your master’s degree study, you will select a professional concentration based on your professional experience, interests and goals, allowing you to customize a graduate program of study for your specific needs.
  • Work at your own pace online. The master’s in teaching and learning can be completed entirely online in 1.5 to 2 years, and can be extended for the part-time student. You can also take face-to-face classes for some professional concentration courses.
  • Learn from top faculty. UAA instructors are leading researchers and dedicated teachers with diverse backgrounds in professional practice. They have extensive experience working both in the Alaska education system and internationally.

Teaching and learning master’s degree program curriculum

The teaching and learning program offers a selection of courses designed to develop scholarly practitioners and enhance professional practice. The program emphasizes culturally responsive education, particularly Alaska Native education, and cultural and linguistic diversity. The curriculum integrates the CPED scholarly practitioner model, which grounds all core courses and the research project in students’ professional practices. A total of 30 credits are required to complete the master’s degree.

Top classes for teaching and learning students

  • In Curriculum Theory and Design, you’ll examine and apply curriculum design approaches and models, with particular attention given to culturally responsive education, social justice education and the Alaska context.
  • In the Research Project and Portfolio, you’ll examine a problem to complete an applied research project and portfolio based on your professional practice.