MA in Education FAQ

About the program

Is the MA in Education program accredited?
EMU Lancaster has been approved through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Do I need to apply to the program before taking classes?
No. Candidates may take up to 9 credits before applying to the Masters program.

Who should apply?
This program is open to candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree, obtained teaching certification and have continuing interest to increase professional knowledge and competence in the field of education. Our MA in Education program provides quality professional opportunities that will help you influence decision-making in the classroom, schools and communities where you teach. It will also prepare you to handle a wide range of instructional and non-instructional tasks.

Program Details

How long is the program?
Candidates have 6 years from admission to complete the program. Many candidates complete the program in 3-4 years. Candidates seeking certifications complete the program in less time.

How many candidates are in the program?
There are 120 candidates enrolled in the program and more than 100 candidates taking classes for re-certification. Many of these candidates are in the process of applying to the program. Candidates may take up to 9 credits before applying to the program. Each class will have approximately 10-25 students. Small classes help to ensure excellent educational experiences and allow faculty opportunities to interact one on one with students as mentors.

What kinds of academic and advising support are provided?
Each student will be assigned an advisor to assist in appropriate course selection that can help the student realize his/her educational goals. Contact an advisor now: Email:

Does one need to be an experienced teacher to apply to our MA in Education program?
Yes, one year of teaching experience is required to apply to the program.

Is it possible to go through our MA program on a full-time basis? If so, how long would it take?
The MA program is a part-time program designed for teacher-practitioners. A typical time frame for completion of program is 3-5 years. Students may contact the assistant director to inquire about a full-time option.

Can a person who has an undergraduate degree enroll in EMU for teacher certification?
No. EMU Lancaster does not have a program for initial teacher certification.

When are classes offered?
Classes are offered in weekend and evening formats during fall and spring; summer classes are offered in intensive week-long formats. Most classes are offered every year.

Financial Questions

How much is tuition?
Tuition is approximately $15,977 plus fees and books and depends on the program concentration selected. The degree is typically based on 36 credits. Each graduate credit (semester hour) costs $400.

Is financial aid available?
Federally guaranteed loans are available to qualified individuals. EMU’s Financial Assistance Office offers counseling regarding federal and private loans. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Financial Assistance Office at their toll free number, 800-330-9683.

Application Questions

When are applications due?
Completed applications for admission into the program are reviewed regularly throughout the year by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee.

How can I apply?

Application for Admission to the Master of Arts in Education Program. Paper applications can be picked up at the office or mailed upon request.

Do I need to obtain copies of all my transcripts, even if I only took one course at an institution?
Yes. Many colleges do not include grades from transfer courses on their transcripts or in their GPA calculations and grant transfer credits only if a certain grade is achieved. Also, courses taken after graduation, regardless of field, are also taken into account when your application is reviewed. Therefore, we need official transcripts from every institution you have attended, even if those courses are reflected on another university’s transcript.

Do you accept e-transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution?
Yes. Please have transcripts sent to the assistant director of the MA in Ed program at: . If this option is available at your institution, we suggest that you take advantage of it.

Registration Questions

How can I register for classes?
Register here!

When do I register for classes?
Registrations are accepted up to one week prior to the start of class. If you miss the deadline and wish to take class call (717) 397-5190.

Textbooks and resources

What about textbooks?

Most courses will have a textbook. Click here to order textbooks. It is recommended that you purchase textbooks online or, in some cases use interlibrary loan for short term access to a text.

How can I access library resources?

The EMU library may be accessed online. Library personnel are very responsive to students via a chat line or email or phone. Extensive databases are available via the webpage, many with full text access.

Will I have contact with professors?

Yes. Each student is assigned an advisor whom you may contact at any time. Professors in each course will communicate when and how they may be contacted.

Contact Us

(717) 397-5190 or Toll free 1(866) 368-5262
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