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.

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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.

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

Program Highlights

The program is 36-units and divided into 6 foundation courses that provide the skills necessary to conduct graduate-level research, assessment, evaluation, writing, and personal and professional reflection. Upon completing the foundation core courses, students will delve deeper into the Human Services profession and complete a master’s capstone experience tailored to each student’s professional interest. Students can complete the program in 24 months. Each course is seven weeks and students take two courses per term. 

Coursework

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

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. 

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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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.