Master of Arts in Education | Cumberland University

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education

As an educator, you have the power to inspire — inspire students’ desire to learn, and inspire other educators to be their best. A way to manifest that power is to earn an MAE degree from Cumberland University. Our education program has received the highest marks on the Tennessee Department of Education's Teacher Preparation Report Card for excellence in teacher preparation program

General Information
Regulations & Requirements
Tuition & Financial Aid
Program History

General Information About the Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program is designed for individuals seeking an advanced professional degree in education focused on individual interest and professional growth. The program is designed for licensed teachers but may be appropriate for others interested in a practitioner-focused degree in education. Individuals interested in acquiring teacher licensure for the first time should enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

With Cumberland University’s MAE program you will:

  • Earn an advanced, practitioner-focused degree in as little as one year.
  • Augment and expand your teaching skill set with add-on endorsements.
  • Discover innovative dimensions of learning.
  • Enhance your professional performance in the classroom.
  • Explore new tools to improve student outcomes.
  • Learn at your own pace — there are no required login times.
  • Network with educators and administrators from different schools — they are your classmates.

Add-On Endorsements

A variety of add-on endorsements may be added to current Tennessee teachers licenses with coursework and passing Praxis scores. Please contact Cumberland's certification officer for details.

Courses & Course Plan
The MAE degree program is comprised of 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. Students choose four courses from an advanced educator core, and choose the remaining six courses based on personal professional development goals. Elective courses may be chosen from a variety of programs across the institution, even coursework beyond our educator preparation program. You can meet with a faculty member to discuss your professional aspirations and choose coursework that will help you meet your individual goals.

Coursework is offered in a variety of formats, including entirely online courses, hybrid courses (combining online coursework with a limited number of in-class meetings), and traditional on-campus courses. Offering times for class meetings are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. An entirely online option is available.


Course Requirements

Choose four courses from the following:

MAE 5010 Innovative Instructional Technology


MAE 5020 School Law


MAE 5030 Curriculum Designs


MAE 5040 Contemporary Issues


MAE 5050 Advanced Educational Psychology


MAE 5120 School Public Relations/Communications



Guided Electives - 18 hours

Choose six additional courses. These courses must be approved by a university academic advisor based on a professional development plan submitted by the candidate. These courses may be selected from any graduate-level program at the University with the exception of the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and the Master of Science in Nursing.30 credit hours minimum required for graduation.

Admission Regulations & Requirements


  • Application fee - $50.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Contact Information

Program Director:

Dr. Janet Parker

Phone: 615-547-1388


Tutition & Financial Aid


  • $625 per credit hour.
  • Graduate Program Service Fee $30 per course.
  • Financial aid.
  • Employer tuition assistance accepted.



Licensure Officer:

Karen Hobson

Phone: 615-547-1313