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MAE Education and Behavioral Sciences


M.A.E in Education & Behavioral Sciences

The MAE program in Education and Behavioral Science Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for qualified graduate students who wish to do advanced study of education or behavioral sciences in a more flexible way. The program allows a faculty advisor to individually tailor the curriculum based on individual interests and career goals.

It is important to note that completion of this program does not lead to initial or advanced certification by Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board, nor does it lead to certification or licensure in counseling or psychology.

Upon Completion:

  • Students will be knowledgeable about philosophy, strategies, and ethical issues in education or behavioral science;
  • Students will be knowledgeable about developmental issues of a specific population;
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge of development to curriculum design, educational planning, or intervention strategies;
  • Students will develop content knowledge in identified subject areas;
  • Students will be knowledgeable about professional ethics in education or behavioral science fields; and
  • Students will be able to research "best practices" in teaching/working with specific populations.

Applicants for admission must hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 OR a GPA of 3.0 in the last 30 hours of course work.

Required application materials include:

  • An application to The Graduate School, which is available at www.wku.edu/graduate
  • Official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate, if applicable)
  • A scholarly/professional writing sample to be assessed by the admissions committee 
    OR
  • Attain a GAP score consistent with the minimum established by the university (currently 550 for applicants who took the GRE General Test on or after August 1, 2011; or 2200 for applicants who took the GRE General Test on or after October 1, 2002, but prior to August 1, 2011); earn a GRE verbal score of at least 144 (at least 350 on the GRE-V prior to August 1, 2011); and achieve a GRE Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5. Applicants who took the GRE General Test on or after August 1, 2011 must also earn a GRE quantitative score of at least 139. 
    AND
  • Submit completed departmental application form that describes the applicant's professional/career goals, including a discussion of how the applicant believes completing the MAE in Education and Behavioral Science Studies will contribute to the realization of those goals. This application can be found atwku.edu/cebs/programs/graduate/ebss/index.php or in the printer friendly packet available at wku.edu/online/documents/ebs-print.pdf

Please note: International students who apply must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (or at least 79 on the iBT TOEFL). The listening sub-scale score must be at least 53 (18 on the iBT version), and the writing sub-scale score must be at least 60 (23 on the iBT version).

Students admitted to the program are assigned faculty advisors to assist them in developing their programs of studies. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level course work is required for the non-thesis option; 24 hours of course work is required for the thesis option. All students must pass a final comprehensive examination. Details about program requirements may be found here. For further information about this program, please contact the program coordinator Dr. Janet Applin, Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

Please note: To be eligible for any type of financial aid or graduate assistantship, you must be admitted in good standing to a degree program. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for financial aid and graduate assistantships. 

The MAE in Education & Behavioral Sciences requires a total of 30 credit hours. This program may completed 100% online. Students should work with their advisor to select distance options, contact WKU Online or visit wku.edu/online to view a schedule of online classes.


Required Core (18 hours/6 classes)

  • EDFN 500: Research Methods
  • Professional Foundations
  • Strategies/Methodologies of Education or Behavioral Sciences
  • Developmental Issues
  • *Professional Development: Practicum/Seminar Course: Field-based, practical application, selected with prior approval by advisor.
  • *Capstone Course: EDU 595: Directed Study in Education or Behavioral Sciences

*Note: A thesis (6 hours) may be substituted for the Professional Development and Capstone Course requirements.


Program Options (12 hours/4 classes)

In addition to the core requirements, students must select one of the following options:

Option 1: Education Studies (12 hours)

  • Advisor-approved pedagogy-related strategies or methods course
  • Content courses
  • Courses from non-education fields; must be approved by advisor. 

Option 2: Behavioral Science Studies (12 hours)
Courses selected with advisor approval from Counseling, Psychology, Consumer Family Sciences, Sociology, Social Work, or other behavioral science areas. 

Program Total: 30 hours

General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress atwku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.


Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.


Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

School of Teacher Education

Program Contact: Dr. Janet Applin
Email: janet.applin@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4335
Web: wku.edu/cebs/programs/graduate/ebss/index.php 


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 


The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate 

For more information about this program, fill out the form below.



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 Last Modified 4/11/18