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Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education

By earning your Master of Arts in Education, you will join generations of Clarke University graduates as leaders in classrooms and communities across the country. Our faculty combine their years of teaching experience with the most up-to-date research on engagement and brain-based learning.

Our degree program grants you an informative and empowering approach to curriculum development and instruction. Beyond the classroom, you’ll also sharpen your analytical skills to better understand the social, ethical, economic, and political issues at play in the world around you. Earning an advanced degree in education prepares you for new challenges in your teaching career, from research to taking on roles in education administration.

MAE Program Highlights

  • 8-weeks courses in a 100% online format
  • Start when you’re ready! Rolling sessions beginning in August, October, January, March, and June.
  • Interactive discussions, support, and mentorship are built into the coursework to keep you on track.
  • Earn your degree in as little as two years–even while adding a reading, research, or social/emotional learning certificate.
  • We are one of the lowest cost MAE programs in the state of Iowa, adding even more value to your degree!

Clarke University Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Student Testimonials.


Clarke University Master of Arts in Education student teaching in own classroom.

Exceptional Curriculum & Instruction

Our courses were designed by teachers, for teachers. We expertly blend theory and application into 8-week sessions so you can immediately implement each lesson into your curriculum and instruction.

We also offer graduate certificates that can be completed on their own or as part of the degree program, allowing you to focus on the areas of education you are most passionate about.

12-credit Graduate Certificates

  • Social & Emotional Learning – Develop strategies to foster a learning environment that better serves students on their path to success and learn to guide others in improving their social-emotional practices.
  • Reading – Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the science of reading and learn to facilitate that growth in others.
  • Research – Explore and put into practice the principles of action research to enhance your role as an educator and facilitator.

Thanks to our online format, you can access these powerful resources and tools anytime, anywhere!

A Community of Experts

It is no secret that as rewarding as a career in education may be, it also comes with challenges. As part of your master’s degree in education, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other experienced and highly motivated professionals from our region. Our courses encourage you not to just learn alongside your peers but to learn from each other. With the discussion features in each course, you can receive feedback from professors and classmates about techniques you’re trying to improve or new ones you’d like to introduce in the classroom. Thanks to the fully online format, you’ll have access to this engaged community day or night.

Clarke University Master of Arts in Education (MAE) networking group

Clarke University Master of Arts in Education (MAE) student applying skills learned in the online program to classroom.

A Cost Effective Teaching Degree

At just $325 per credit, we are one of the most cost-effective programs in the state of Iowa. For a lower cost, you will still receive the exceptional value Clarke is known for. We offer the Online MAE for licensed teachers, as well as 4+1 and Early Access options for undergraduates at Clarke University who want to expand their knowledge base before entering the field.


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 a 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
  • 100% Online format with 8-week courses
  • Faculty has extensive experience in classroom and online education
  • Financial aid is available
  • For course descriptions and more information, please see the Academic Catalog
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Meet Our Faculty

When our master of arts in education 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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Ellen Spencer, Ed.D.

Ellen Spencer, Ed.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Education

My teaching philosophy is best summed up by Ernst von Glasersfeld: ‘The art of teaching has little to do with the traffic of knowledge. It’s fundamental purpose must be to foster the art of learning.’ 

Psychology Major students have access to state of the art facilities at Clarke University

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Angela Pasker

Angela Pasker

Master of Arts in Education, '22

I would recommend this program to others because the professors go above and beyond to help you. I’ve felt that what I’ve learned, I’ve been able to apply directly to my own classrooms and I’ve had the autonomy to choose some of the classes that would best benefit me, my classroom, and my school.

Ken Kurt

Ken Kurt

Master of Arts in Education ‘19

Every class that I have taken has provided me with actionable moves within my daily work. I was awarded three grants that I completed within the grant writing course, so the overlap of my work in class and the impact on my work at school has been incredible.

Kea Whittington

Kea Whittington

Master of Arts in Education ‘19

Clarke’s education program gave me a great amount of hands-on experience in the classroom. The education professors truly care about you as an individual, student, and future teacher! The education department was my family away from home.

Experience Clarke Master of Arts in Education for Yourself

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