Online MAEd in Human Services

Online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with a specialization in Human Services

  • Program completion in as few as 24 months
  • Seven-week terms
  • Six start dates per year
  • No GRE required
  • Cost per credit hour — $710
    • 18 credits — core credits
    • 15 credits — specialization credits
    • 3 credits — capstone

Online MAEd in Human Services

This online specialization is designed for professionals working in non-profit, government, or education environments 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.


Below is a sample list of courses you will learn from while enrolled in the online MAEd program.

MAEd 607 Foundations of 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 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 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.

If you would like to view a full list of courses and their descriptions, please download a program brochure.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the human services specialization, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the identity, history, and philosophy of the field of human services to support personal identity development as a human services professional and form a conceptual framework for research and practice
  • Locate, comprehend, and critically evaluate relevant research findings to guide best practices in leadership, administration, and professional development
  • Integrate organizational leadership theory and practice to manage human service organizations, operations, and resources while promoting a safe, efficient, and effective organizational culture
  • Apply the knowledge and skills needed to perform community needs assessment to inform program planning and evaluation
  • Access and successfully utilize sources of health and human services information to facilitate planning and delivery of services