Education (MAED) Program Overview

Follow your calling to excellence in teaching with a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (MAED) degree at Bluefield University. In the MAED program, you will enhance your skills as a teacher and elevate your approach to curriculum design.

In our 30-credit program, you will learn strategies for assessing and evaluating student work, approaches to curriculum design, and foundations of special education. Innovative courses like leading trauma-informed classes, theories of educational leadership, and social-emotional learning in the restorative classroom are also included. The culmination of the program is an action research project where you can explore a topic that interests you.

Do you want to be the best educator possible? The MAED program at Bluefield University helps you build skills to improve not only your teaching but also the learning experiences of the young people in your classes. Opportunities for educators are available in public schools, private schools, online teaching, community colleges, and community service agencies. After completing your MAED, you will be prepared to study at the doctoral level.


The Graduate Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

Online: January 12, 2022

Online Per Credit: $460

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Courses & Requirements

Master's Degree (MAED)
Core Requirements (30 Credits)

  • Assessment & Evaluation for Student Growth
  • Understanding & Implementation of Curriculum
  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools
  • Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Education & Society
  • Research in Education
  • Theories of Educational Leadership
  • Social-Emotional Learning in the Restorative Classroom
  • Action Research in Education
Total Credits: 30

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Non-Profit Program Director
College Instructor
Curriculum Development/Instructional Designer
Corporate Trainer
Educational Consultant

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231