Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education


About the Program

Research-based practices and contemporary models of instruction are at the core of this innovative, learner-centered program. Most courses meet in the evenings or on weekends, and students typically complete their degree work in one to three years. (Completion within five years of admission is required.) Selected courses are open to non-degree students on a space-available basis.

Each program specifies required courses and a recommended plan of study. Students work with their advisor to create an individualized plan of study and track progress toward graduation.

M.A. in Education – Curriculum & Instruction

Students seeking a Vermont Level I Educator's License begin by taking core courses in the graduate teacher education program and apply to enter a Teacher Education Program during their first semester. (Contact the Office of Educator Licensure about entry requirements.)

There are four graduate-level Curriculum & Instruction Teacher Education Programs at JSC:

M.A. in Education Curriculum & Instruction
in Inclusive Childhood Education
This is a rigorous academic program that provides the education courses required for students who have an undergraduate liberal arts degree in an approved discipline and who are seeking initial teacher licensure with endorsements in elementary and special education (grades K-6).  Learn more
Contact: Cathly Higley


M.A. in Education Curriculum & Instruction
in Middle Level Education
This program provides innovative and contextual learning experiences that prepare students to teach grades 5-9. Learn more
Contact: Dr. Kathleen Brinegar


M.A. in EducationCurriculum & Instruction
in Secondary Education
This program prepares students to teach grades 7-12 and emphasizes understanding and engaging adolescent learners. Learn more
Contact: Dr. Kathleen Brinegar


M.A. in EducationCurriculum & Instruction
in Unified Arts Education
This program prepares students to teach art, music, dance, or theater arts and emphasizes creativity and experience. Students may add Special Education endorsement by completing additional coursework.
Learn more

Contact: Dr. David McGough


M.A. in Education – Special Education

This program is designed for licensed teachers who want to advance their skills and earn their endorsement in Special Education. It provides numerous opportunities for students to work directly with children, young adults, parents and educational staff. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study. Learn more
Contact:Cathly Higley

M.A. in EducationApplied Behavior Analysis

This program focuses on behavioral strategies that support children, youth and adults in a variety of environments. Successful completion of coursework and internships prepares students to sit for the Certification Examination of the National Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Learn more

Cathly Higley

M.A. in EducationFoundations of Education

The Foundations of Education program is intended for individuals who want to pursue particular questions, ideas, or aims through graduate study in the field of education. Students work their advisor to design an individualized Plan of Study. Learn more
Dr. David McGough

M.A. in Science Education

The Vermont Science Initiative (VSI) is a continuing professional education program for licensed teachers of grades K-8. The graduate program is designed to build a cohort of skilled teachers of science.
Dr. David McGough

Graduate Education Admission Requirements


In addition to meeting standard admissions requirements for graduate study (including having maintained a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. during their most recent educational experience), applicants must be admitted by the department through a review of their application materials and an interview with the appropriate program director. Application materials must include a cover letter discussing the student's desire for graduate study, a professional essay as a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to the student's readiness and appropriateness for the anticipated course of study.


Contact the Admissions Office:


Phone: 800-635-2356

Fax: 802-635-1230

email: Graduate Admissions


Education in action


Visit the Graduate Catalog for program requirements and course information.