Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts programs in Education are designed to serve the region’s educational communities. 

There are four education-related Master of Arts programs.

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Instruction
  • Secondary Certification
  • Principal Certification
  • Educational Policy and Administration 

The STEM instruction program is for teachers who wish to explore contemporary instructional practice as related to science, technology and engineering.  It is appropriate for state-certified elementary through high school teachers.

The secondary certification program is designed for individuals who do not currently have a teaching degree, but rather a bachelor’s degree in a content area and an interest in teaching.  At the completion of this program and upon passage of the Praxis II content and Praxis PLT tests, graduates can become certified 7-12 teachers. 

Teachers wishing to move into administrative positions should pursue the principal certification program.  With this degree and three years’ teaching experience, students qualify for Pre K-12 principal positions.

The educational policy and administration program is geared to individuals who are interested in higher education.  It is an ideal program for those who wish to pursue administrative positions, to include coaching at the college level, teaching at some institutions and college administration.

The DWU Master of Arts in Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Accreditation Association and is affirmed by the South Dakota Department of Education.

Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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