About the program

Is the MA in Education program accredited? NCATE logoOur program is accredited by the The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen k-12 student learning. Graduates of NCATE-accredited schools often perform better on licensing tests and find that moving from state to state is less of a barrier.

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 continued 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 will it take to earn my degree?
The degree program can be completed in as little as 2 years or extended as long as 6 years. See a 2 year, 4 year and 6 year plan.

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.

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; and intensive week-long formats during summer semester. Most classes are offered every year.

Course Offerings

What courses are offered?
Courses in curriculum, literacy, ESL, special education, restorative justice and in Trauma and Resilience in Educational Environmentsare offered each semester. View our course listing.

Financial Questions

How much is tuition?
Click here for more detailed information.

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

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year:

  • March
  • May
  • August
  • December

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.

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: maed.lancaster@emu.edu. 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)-690-8600

Textbooks and resources

What about textbooks?

Most courses will require a textbook. Click here to order textbooks. It is recommended that you purchase or rent 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)-690-8600 or Toll free 1(866) 368-5262
Email maed.lancaster@emu.edu

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