MA in Education

Goddard College

Program Description

MA in Education

Goddard College

MA in Education

In Goddard’s Master of Arts in Education, you choose your topic of inquiry and design a program of study based on how you learn best and what your study can contribute most to you and your community. Goddard invites you to think about your topic by drawing in other pertinent fields of study, which in turn allows you to see a wider view of the practices and theories inherent in your topic of study. Such a view enables you to create a more holistic thesis project, and enables you to learn more in the process about your life, your challenges and your gifts.

The Master of Arts in Education offers study options in these areas:

  • Teacher Licensure
  • Self-Designed Degree
  • Community Education
  • Dual-Language/Early Childhood Education
  • School Counseling Endorsement
  • Graduate Studies for non-degree-seeking students

Students may apply to transfer up to 12 graduate credits


Students can enroll in the MA in Education Program in two locations:

The Plainfield, VT Campus, offering the following MA Degree Options:

  • Individual Focus in Education (Non-Licensure)
    • Community Education Concentration
    • Dual Language/Early Childhood Education Concentration
  • Licensure: Teacher or School Counseling

The Seattle, WA Site offers the following MA Degree Option:

  • Individual Focus in Education (Non-Licensure)
    • Community Education Concentration
    • Dual Language/Early Childhood Education Concentration


Goddard’s traditional 12-credit semester full-time study format includes attending an eight-day residency at the beginning of each semester, which occurs in January and July. Full-time study requires a commitment of 26 hours or more a week after the residency.


Goddard’s three-quarter-time study option translates to nine credits each semester. It provides a study opportunity for students who are not able to attend a residency in January. As part of the three-quarter-time option, students attend a five-day summer institute immediately following the required eight-day residency in July. Students living internationally, or who are working for a school district that does not grant five release days from work for professional development, are excellent candidates for the three-quarter-time program. The nine-semester credit option also benefits students who can commit 19 hours a week to their academic work, but find the 26 hours required of the full-time option too challenging. The nine-semester credit option extends the time necessary to earn the degree by one semester. The cost per individual semester is reduced.

Degree Criteria

The MA in Education degree criteria are the goals toward which your individualized graduate studies are aimed. Throughout your course of study, you are expected to deeply engage with the criteria, working toward a full and sustained demonstration of them by graduation. Students graduating with an MA in Education will have successfully accomplished the following:

  • Articulated a powerful autobiographical understanding of their relationship to society, culture, and education
  • Understood and actualized the essential concepts of progressive education, namely inquiry-based learning, reflection and critical thinking, and a student-focused curriculum
  • Prepared themselves to work toward the creation of a more just, humane, democratic, and sustainable world
  • Acquired the professional knowledge base to perform a leadership role in the field of education
  • Developed the capacities to critically analyze, interpret, organize, communicate, and apply knowledge relevant to education
  • Developed a clear sense of the relationship between theory and practice, and learned to apply progressive education principles and practices to real-world issues
  • Produced a masters’ thesis that includes the formulation of significant questions, application of methods of inquiry, identification and utilization of learning resources, analysis, crit​ical thinking, and the integration and application of theory into practice

Work of the Program

At the center of the Goddard MA in Education program is the concept that the most effective education occurs when it is shaped around you, the student. There is an emphasis on individual needs and interests rather than predetermined curriculum. Goddard education programs hold a central commitment to social justice, diversity, anti oppression, and anti bias education. These values are especially important today for educators working in a complex and pluralistic society. As a student, you engage with the program faculty who allow you to begin your studies where you are, and help you discover your interests and goals. From there, your study plan evolves.

Educational resources vary from independent study to field experience. Many studies focus on a particular issue or problem. Creative engagement and the integration of theory and practice are emphasized. Within an individualized education focus, work may include studies in anti-racist education, alternative schooling, integrative arts, mediation, bilingual education, spirituality, and environmental sustainability, to name a few. At the end of each semester, in lieu of grades, you and your advising faculty write narrative evaluations that describe your work in a practice of authentic assessment.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 6, 2015
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