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.


Master of Arts in Education, Human Services

The program is designed for those who plan to commit their professional lives to serving people. The program is developed using guidelines from the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) to meet the demands for skills and knowledge by professionals in the field.

Program Overview

The online Master of Arts in Education, Human Services is designed for professionals working in the community in non-profit, government, or education agencies that serve individuals in need. The critical appeal of this program is the creative integration of leadership and technical skill to achieve the successful development of community based human services where implementation skills are central to professional work.


Students are constantly encouraged to analyze, debate, and develop productive strategies in response to the principles, challenges, and opportunities of equity and educational justice. 

The online program can be completed in 24 months. The degree is completed over six 14-week terms. The program is 36 credit hours and divided into four core courses that provide the skills necessary to conduct graduate-level research, assessment, evaluation, writing, and personal and professional reflection. Upon completing the core courses, students will delve deeper into the Human Services coursework and complete a master’s capstone experience tailored to each student’s professional interest. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the human services specialization graduates will possess the ability to help shape the future by learning how to recognize social and educational inequities as well as: 

  1. Assess the evolution of the field of human services, its identity, history, and philosophy to support personal identity development as a Human Services professional and form a conceptual framework for research and practice. 
  2. Locate, and critically evaluate relevant research findings to guide best practice in service delivery, organizational leadership and administration, and advance the field of human services. 
  3. Integrate knowledge, theory and skills to perform community needs assessment that will inform operational and strategic planning. 
  4. Integrate organizational leadership theory and practice with program planning and evaluation skills to demonstrate effective organizational leadership. 
  5. Design and formulate effective strategies to access and successfully utilize sources of health and human services’ information to facilitate planning and delivery of services.


Coursework provides a solid foundation in liberal arts, which emphasizes the need to think critically about issues and diversity in our world. 

MAED 601 Human Development (3 credit hours)

This course employs a multidimensional view of human development with emphasis on context and the role of diversity (including, but not limited to, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, learning styles, ability, and socio-economic status) in determining and meeting human needs.

MAED 602 Learning Theory, Curriculum and Program Development

Introduces students to the foundation of learning theory and curriculum development. Students develop the skills to evaluate and construct curriculum and instruction in education and other institutional organizations.

MAED 603 Social Justice Leadership

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

This course examines the principles of leadership in multiple situations requiring innovative approaches to twenty-first century challenges. Students are prepared to provide leadership in multidisciplinary and multicultural institutions and organizations.

MAED 605 Introduction to Social Science Research (3 credit hours)

In this course, students acquire the knowledge and skills to apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research in the assessment of current research in the social sciences, implement evidence based best practices, and develop scholarly products contributing to the advancement of the field.

MAED 606A Designing and Implementing Action Research (3 credit hours)

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 607 Foundations in Human Services (3 credit hours)

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 608 Social Justice Leadership for Organizational Change (3 units)

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 609 Management of Non-Profit Organizations (3 units)

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

MAED 610 Fundamentals of Fundraising (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to all aspects of fundraising and philanthropy within human services. These include but are not limited to public, private, community, foundations, individuals, and corporations. Students will study how to engage and position their organization to participate fully in the fundraising process and the stewardship of funds.

MAED 611 Law & 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.


MAED 606B Designing and Implementing Action Research (3 credit hours)

Completion of an inquiry-based action research project from MAED 606A that includes a research proposal, questions, research design, action plan, and appropriate form of publication. Research agendas connect coursework to relevant issues related to justice in communities, schools, and organizations, while emphasizing an exploration of professional practice.

Course sequence will depend on the student's start term. Students must complete the courses in carousel 1 before moving on to the courses in carousel 2. The last term, also known as the capstone, follows carousel 2. See the pathway for more information. 

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