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Master of Arts in Education (MAED), Instructional Process

Washington University's Department of Education offers a part-time Master of Arts degree focused on an Analysis of Practice for practicing educators in a variety of settings. This Analysis of Practice allows educators to consider multiple and enhanced approaches for data collection, analysis, and reflection on educational issues involving educational assessment data, video microanalysis, learning sciences research, and educational foundation concepts.

Program Principles

  1. Teacher Education graduates are committed to equitable and just education for all students. They act on the belief that all students can learn and use a variety of strategies to promote the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance capabilities of all students.
  2. Teacher Education graduates know the subjects they teach well and know how to teach. They have a command of content knowledge so they can co-construct learning experiences with their students. Their instructional repertoire allows them to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, and they are adept at teaching students how to pose and solve their own problems.
  3. Teacher Education graduates enact the role of a teacher as an inquirer. They understand histories of participation and critically examine their language and practice. As active members of learning communities, they seek to expand their repertoire, deepen their knowledge, sharpen their judgment and conduct research in their classrooms and communities in order to better support the educative experiences of their students.

Programs of Study

The M.A.Ed.-IP degree program offers three strands of study: 

  1. Professional Development,
  2. Science Education (elementary and middle school), and
  3. Innovative Certification.

All three strands require students to complete the core course work with a culminating portfolio project.

Admission Requirements


Admission to the Master of Arts in Education-Instructional Process (M.A.Ed.-IP) degree program is open on a selective basis to practicing educators with strong credentials. It is expected that applicants will have at least a "B" average in their undergraduate course work.

Once admitted to the program, continuation is contingent upon satisfactory performance in all courses. A 3.0 (B) grade point average is required to graduate. The degree is awarded by the Graduate School of the College of Arts and Sciences. You must file an Intent to Graduate form no later than the beginning of the semester of intended graduation.

Once an application is complete, the Department of Education admission committee considers the application and makes a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School who makes admission decisions. Any students wishing to enroll for courses prior to admission may be able to do so with permission from the Washington University Department of Education; permission to enroll does not imply admission. However, a student may enroll for up to 6 credits on a non-degree basis and must seek admission before enrolling in any additional courses.

The university must make available to the public information about the quality of our teacher education graduates. The department submits that information annually with the State of Missouri. The current report can be found at https://education.wustl.edu/teacher-certification.

Application Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Education-Instructional Process (M.A.Ed.-IP) degree program is open on a selective basis to practicing educators with strong credentials.

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form


Three Letters of Recommendation

A college instructor or professional associate should complete letters of recommendation. If an instructor cannot be contacted, applicants may submit a waiver request to provide three professional recommendations. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

Personal Interview

A personal interview with University College staff is recommended, and an interview may be requested by the Program Coordinator or Director of Admissions. 

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.



Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.


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Programs of Study

The M.A.Ed.-IP degree program offers three strands of study: 

All three strands require students to complete the core course work with a culminating portfolio project.


The core course work focuses on an Analysis of Practice from a variety of approaches to enhance an educators reflective practice involving educational assessment data, video microanalysis, learning sciences research, and educational foundation concepts. The program looks at the teaching practice from an individual level to the broader foundations in a variety of disciplines.

  • Second Language Acquisition & Technology (U08 Educ 4023): 3 credits, or other learning-related course (this could be in Linguistics, Psychology or equivalent area)
  • Video Microanalysis: An Insightful Tool for Urban School Research (U08 Educ 4033 ): 3 credits
  • Introduction to Educational Tests & Measurements (U08 Educ 4610): 3 credits, or The Science & Politics of Testing (U08 Educ 4890): 3 credits
  • Foundations of Education elective (3 credits), chosen among the following:
    • Sociology of Education (U08 Educ 453B)
    • Politics of Education (U08 Educ 462)
    • Political Economy of Urban Education (U08 Educ 4621)
    • Or other relevant elective from Education, Social Work, Law, or Political Science (public policy concentration)
  • MAEd Portfolio Presentation (U08 Educ 516): 1 credit



17 credits (minimum)

If you select this strand of study you will design a course of study, in conjunction with your advisor, driven by your interests and needs identified via reflection and analysis in the core course work. Students in this strand may elect to do graduate level course work in their content field, education, or other appropriate areas. University College offers strong graduate courses in American cultural studies, biology, English, history, and international studies.

Examples of courses may include:

  • Developing Community Based Documentaries: Video Inquiry for Educators (U08 Educ 4210)
  • Additional "Foundations of Education" electives
  • Or other elective courses from relevant areas



18 credits

This is not a complete list of U08 Educ 6000 courses; other U08 Educ 6000 courses may be substituted for those listed here. Possible courses include:

  • Teaching the Science of Nature I (Bio 4001 - must be taken under the Biology #)
  • Teaching the Science of Nature II (Bio 4002 - must be taken under the Biology #)
  • Hands-on Science K-8: Physical Sciences, Electricity & Magnetism (U08 Educ 6001)
  • Hands-on Science K-8: Life Science, Form and Function (U08 Educ 6002)
  • Hands-on Science K-8: Physical Sciences, Motion (U08 Educ 6003)
  • Hands-On Science K-8: Life Sciences, Genetics (U08 Educ 6004)
  • Scientific Inquiry for the Classroom Teacher (U08 Educ 6005)
  • Matter and Energy (U08 Educ 6009)
  • Mathematics Concepts (U08 Educ 6010)
  • Sound and Light (U08 Educ 6011)
  • Earth and Planetary Science (U08 Educ 6012)



30-54 credits

This strand is for classroom teachers seeking teacher certification for middle or high school. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree and current teaching position in a middle or high school as an uncertified teacher.

The course work will vary based on the level of certification sought and the subject area course work to be completed. This will be determined by Washington University after a review of transcripts. Detailed outlines of the certification and masters degree requirements for each level are available upon request from the Department of Education (314-935-3571 or MAUGUSTI@WUSTL.EDU).

View the Federal Licensure Disclosure for Teacher Certification here.

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