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Education, M.A.

Program Description

For years, the traditional school-as-factory model has set the tone for most teacher education programs. In contrast, La Salle’s Master of Arts in Education program offers unique alternatives that view each child as an individual learner with needs that often can’t be met through an industrialized approach to education. This assembly-line method of schooling encourages teachers to ignore individual differences and the interlocking parts of a child’s education. Worse still, it causes them to think in terms of stereotypes of grade, label, and subject.  

La Salle-prepared educators are not semi-skilled production workers. La Salle-educated teachers command a comprehensive understanding of the child or adolescent as a very individual learner. They know how to keep the differences of their students in mind and they know how to develop state-of-the-art instruction that works in the “real world” of the school. This focus on the individual as learner is the very embodiment of the expert teacher.  

La Salle-educated teachers also are grounded in analytic techniques that promote their ability to analyze the meaning and effects of educational institutions, develop critical understanding of educational thought and practice, and provide resources for the development of educational policy-making skills. This develops genuinely reflective professional practitioners who are capable of leading and innovating rather than merely following orders.  

​To insure a union of theory with practice, clinical teaching begins early in the program. Moreover, these practica are managed and directed by La Salle University in order to ensure optimal conditions of professional growth. La Salle’s Master of Arts in Education program offers: in-service continuing education for practicing teachers; dual certification in elementary, middle level, secondary and special education; certification in most secondary teaching areas: and add-on certifications in Instructional Coaching, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Education. 


Consistent with the mission of Graduate Studies, the mission of the Master of Arts in Education program is to prepare 21st century educators through project-based, problem-based service learning and community engagement grounded in Lasallian values.

Program Goals

As students progress through the program, each will gain skills in the following areas:

Professional Learning Stance 

  • Address practice through the lenses of learning and inquiry stances  
  • Develop critical habits of mind to address assumptions of practice by evaluating and interrogating significance, perspective, evidence, connection and supposition  

21st Century Communication Skills  

  • Use effective and articulate expression of thoughts and ideas effectively using multiple modalities and technologies in multiple and diverse settings   
  • Use active and effective listening skills to surface underlying meaning, values, attitudes and intentions  
  • Infer message effectiveness and impact before, during and after delivery  

Social Justice and Leadership  

  • Engage in respectful collaboration to address professional and community issue 
  • Display an awareness and sensitivity to ethnically, linguistically, cognitively, physically, socially diverse group 
  • Demonstrate a belief in educational equity ​