FAQs

Why Education at Antioch University Los Angeles?

Antioch University, a 150 year-old educational institution offers an uncommon education—a unique, rich learning experience that will enhance your development as an educator and democratic educational leader. The faculty and staff at Antioch University Los Angeles are committed to a social justice effort and to service to the community. Students move through the program together in groups called cohorts and form personal and professional relationships together that last beyond the end of their coursework. Class size is small and students can expect personal attention from Antioch faculty and staff. Contact us today to learn more about our truly unique programs dedicated to building justice-seeking communities in education based on care, communication, and a commitment to social change. We offer a stand alone Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, an Preliminary Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate), a combined credential and two Masters of Arts in Education.

Is there financial support?

Yes! We recommend students contact the Office of Financial Aid for complete information on all of the ways you can finance your education. The team in the Financial Aid office can help you to navigate the entire financial aid process, including grants, loans and scholarship opportunities.

Is there faculty support?

Our faculty are committed to support your learning experience. Program faculty include world renowned scholars in areas like democratic education, critical pedagogy, and education for sustainability. With small class sizes, students receive individualized attention and a caring relationship from faculty that is unusual in some of the other graduate programs in Education that can be found amidst greater Los Angeles.

Are the programs online?

Part of what distinguishes education at Antioch is that learning is individualized and yet community-based. Our experience is that the full range of community building is maximized in a traditional face-to-face environment. However, many of our classes involve online elements, and within the Master’s program the potentials for hybrid (face-to-face and online) learning do exist.

How are students graded?

Antioch University Los Angeles does not assign grades. Classes are assessed with a CR or NC through the use of narrative evaluations. Narrative evaluations have been part of the university for decades - this does away with competition for grades among students. A student who meets the class objectives will earn a CR.

Can I work while in the Education programs?

Many of our students are able to hold part-time jobs, or teach in schools, and Antioch University also offers work study opportunities beyond financial aid loans. For either credential, during the full time novice teaching experiences you will be expected to be at a school site from the start to the end of the day for 10 weeks for 2 quarters. Our creative students have found ways to earn a living during this time, however, as a classroom aide, a nanny, a waiter/waitress. Our students can help you think about how they have managed when you come to visit! The Master of Arts in Education programs make it possible to work during the entire program—in fact, most of our students do. The program is considered half-time enrollment and classes are offered one or two nights per week, from 4-7 pm and 7-10 pm and an occasional Saturday. This gives ample opportunity to hold a part or full-time position while in the program.

Will I be a name or a number as a student?

Our class size remains small—approximately 10-12 students in a class. This creates a stronger learning dynamic and allows for more personal attention. Student participation is not only asked for, but encouraged, creating an engaged learning experience based in the knowledge that students bring with them into the programs. Also, due to our small class sizes, we do not find the need to close classes or put anyone on a wait list in response to problems of over-enrollment.

What can I do with a Master of Arts in Education degree?

A Master's degree helps open doors for new opportunities within a wide array of educational venues. The curriculum for this program gives you a systems thinking perspective on educational organizations of numerous types beyond schools (e.g., the media, libraries, nonprofits). The courses we offer will delve into both the theory and practice of change-based organizing, leadership in schools and the larger society, researching and financing educational projects, and sustainably maintaining the changes developed from these projects. Our graduate student population has come from diverse backgrounds and our students have found employment in various fields that include community organizing, child advocacy, as teachers and aides in classrooms, as leaders and staff in schools and school districts, in educational nonprofits, as educational researchers, and as faculty members in institutions of higher education.

Do you offer a Master’s of Teaching?

For those interested in exploring questions of pedagogy and curriculum at a more advanced level, while our Master’s program is not a Master of Science in Education, or Teaching, we do engage with various questions of progressive classroom methodology and constructivist curriculum in our coursework.

Am I responsible for a Master’s thesis to graduate?

No. While students have the opportunity to negotiate thesis or other forms of substantial creative work on behalf of their Capstone, the Education department at Antioch University Los Angeles uses an oral Capstone model that students prepare for through their required coursework.

Highlights of the Master’s programs

The Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Education, Leadership and Change degrees offer an exciting blend of graduate classes in Education that mix experiential class exercises, dialogical pedagogy, and readings in classic and contemporary examples of progressive educational theory and critical social pedagogy. They are based in the five Learning Outcomes that guide all of the Mission-specific graduate work in the Education department: A commitment to systems thinking, the currency and integration of our pedagogical ideas and practices, the need for equal access to educational resources to be made available across society, and to just and varied forms of communication. It’s important to learn how to put your passions and commitments to work for you and others. In the field of Education, this is called “transformative educational leadership” and that is what you will learn in the Master’s programs in Education at Antioch. Working with a variety of professionals who do this work each and every day in a multitude of ways is inspiring, and learning from and finding ways to partner with one another is the key to social betterment. Unlike most Master’s degrees, then, which are steeped in a rigid, top-down curriculum, our Master of Arts in Education degrees change with the needs of each cohort, are vibrant and dynamic, and are uniquely constructed with you in mind. Social justice-based Education degrees linking teachers, administrators, and others working within schools with those in the larger community and vice versa; Flexible schedule (one or two nights per week; some online for hybrid courses); 18 months (six quarters, part-time; potentially quicker depending upon course load) for the MAEX and 12 months for the MAETC; Practical, pro-active, and progressive curricula; Designed for individuals who want to make a difference in their schools, educational organizations, communities, and the larger society of which they are a part; Project-based and critical/creative inquiry-driven learning; Supportive and caring learning environment; Narrative evaluations and no grades; Oral Capstone Experience.