Master of Arts Education: Human Services Specialization

The online Master of Arts in Education: Human Services is an innovative and transformational interdisciplinary program. The degree prepares graduates to recognize varied levels of social and educational inequities and empowers them to serve as advocates for the disenfranchised and underserved. The online Human Services program is a 36-unit program with 3 starts per year. Courses can be taken in any sequence, with no prerequisites except for the capstone course. Courses in our online programs are 7-weeks long. Students take two (7-week courses) per term to complete in two years.

Learning outcomes for this program may be found at www.redlands.edu/ma-edhs/.

Research Sequence

MAED 605 Introduction to Social Science Research Methods (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to basic concepts and techniques used in social science research. The course covers: a) basic social scientific inquiry and research design; b) quantitative data gathering and analysis; c) qualitative data gathering and analysis; d) mixed methods and action research approaches.

MAED 606A Introduction to Action Research A (3 Credits)

Designed to engage students in: a) the foundational components of different types of action research; b) discussing, critiquing and using action research methodology; c) exploring the literature on a topical area of interest related to one’s organization; and; d) writing an action research proposal supporting the final action research project.

MAED 606B Introduction to Action Research B (3 Credits)

Designed to engage students in: a) the foundational components of different types of action research; b) discussing, critiquing and using action research methodology; c) exploring the literature on a topical area of interest related to one’s organization; and; d) writing an action research proposal supporting the final action research project.

Core Courses

MAED 601 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3 Credits)

This course is designed for service professionals to explore historical and contemporary perspectives in typical and atypical human growth, development and learning styles. Utilizing a systemic perspective, the course examines physical, emotional, mental, cultural, sexual and moral issues shaping development through the life span.

MAED 602 Learning Theory, Curriculum and Program Development (3 Credits)

This course addresses learning theories and their implications for curriculum and program development. Students will examine human learning, including the cognitive, affective, and biological basis of behavior. Students will study what is meant by human development exceptionality; theories of developmental difference, cultural perspectives of differences and how we judge behaviors.

MAED 603 Social Justice Leadership (3 Credits)

Examines social justice theories, themes, or issues and their implications in leadership development and practice. Identifies the social, cultural, political, and economic factors that influence communities in a diverse society. Provides leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities for dealing with societal and institutional barriers to individuals’ success and personal growth.

MAED 604 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management Across Settings (3 Credits)

This course is designed for service professionals to explore leadership perspectives in education and human service organizations. Utilizing an organizational perspective, the course examines leadership and management, including leadership theories, models, and application of leadership ideas to practice.

MAED 608 Social Justice Leadership for Organizational Change (3 Credits)

This course focuses on equipping social justice leaders with the necessary tools to invoke change within organizations. Students are introduced to theoretical lenses to critique and apply to their professional practice to facilitate sustainable, meaningful change. Students apply learned frames to a sustainable project in an organization of their choice.

MAED 607 Introduction to Human Services (3 Credits)

This course will enable students to develop a broad conceptual mastery of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the profession through critical examination of the historical, legal, social and political developments shaping its creation and evolution.

MAED 610 Fundamentals of Fundraising (3 Credits)

This course covers the fundamentals of effective resource development for nonprofit and educational organizations. We examine the parameters within which leaders raise funds including the social, historical, organizational, and ethical contexts of fundraising. Students are introduced to the philanthropy in America and practical guidelines for handling potential donors.

MAED 609 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 Credits)

Students in this course explore management theory and practice in the administration of human service organizations both in the public and private sector. These include, but are not limited to, legal/regulatory issues, fiscal management, professional development of staff, managing volunteers, constituency building and advocacy.

MAED 611 Law and Ethics (3 Credits)

An introduction to fundamental legal issues relevant to social justice and those working with marginalized populations, including an exploration of constitutional issues (speech, religion, and equal protection under the law), federal laws (discrimination, access, and privacy), relevant state laws, and professional standards for ethical behavior.

Capstone Experience
The program culminates with an action research project which takes place in each student’s work or volunteer milieu. This action research project will demonstrate the student’s ability to center themselves in a real organizational problem, facilitating or co-facilitating change focused on enhancing equity and social justice in their organization or through their organization’s work.