Program Overview

The online-based Master of Arts Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (MAED) from Concordia University is program designed students with busy schedules that wish to further their education and advance their career.  Intended to build on a 4-year Bachelor's degree from another accredited institution, this Master’s program provides the skills and education needed to become a better and more complete teacher.  The flexibility of this online program, which lets students take courses in 5 different terms, allows those enrolled to learn at their own pace.  The School of Education at Concordia believes in instruction that is practical and accessible, utilizing small class sizes and focusing on teaching critical thinking skills, as well as understanding the learning process and those who go through it.        

There are 5 terms per year at Concordia: Spring I & II, Summer, and Fall I & II, each being eight weeks in length. There is no minimum enrollment; students may take as little as 1-2 classes per term, though 1 and 2 year tracks are available for those looking to take on a bigger course load. The MAED requires graduates to earn 30 credit hours, divided into 9 3-credit classes and one required 3-credit Capstone project. Students must take 5 core classes, including the capstone project, and 5 electives. Core requirements include classes on instructional leadership, curriculum development, and educational diversity and reform. Electives are offered on a variety of subjects aimed to help teachers adapt to and provide a strong foundation in the classroom, including courses in coping with stress and violence, developing character and ethics, and fostering learning through health.
In order to be eligible for the MAED at Concordia, applicants must have completed a state-approved teaching program at an accredited school or university and have a current or expired teaching certificate or license. The MAED program seeks to provide students with deep knowledge of core subjects in order to pass that information on to the next generation of workers and educators.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the following: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related, Educational Programs (CACREP), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


    Applicants must have completed at state-approved teaching program at an accredited school or university and have a current or expired teaching certificate or license as well as a bachelor's degree.

    School Overview

    Lutheran Church settlers founded a higher learning institution based on Christian principles in order to educate prospective teachers by the mid-eighteenth century. In 1864, this teacher’s school relocated to Addison, Illinois, and this date marks the founding of Concordia University Chicago. Today, the private, 4-year Concordia University Chicago maintains ties to a larger network of Lutheran colleges, organized by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

    Students at Concordia University Chicago can complete undergraduate to doctorate degrees, in addition to certificate programs. CUC offers more than one hundred programs of study, focusing on fields in the arts and sciences, business, and education. Furthermore, working professionals and students requiring added flexibility can further their education through Concordia University Chicago’s online degree and distance education programs, housed in the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Students can enroll in the accelerated bachelor’s degree programs. These online programs engage students via asynchronous assignments and discussions, and students focus on one class at a time, per five-week sessions.


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