The Master of Arts with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government (MASTAHG) requires a total of 36 semester credit hours. Coursework is divided between 12 hours of coursework in the latest educational theory and 24 hours of content study in American history and government. Additionally, all students must pass a written qualifying examination to demonstrate mastery of the key historical concepts mastered in the student’s history and government coursework.

Each history and government course in the program (those courses with an AHG prefix) is offered for two (2) semester credit hours. These courses are offered in two formats:

  • As residential Weeklong Summer courses during the months of June and July at our Ashland, Ohio campus.
  • As Live Online webinar courses offered on various schedules throughout the academic year.

Each course in the education core is offered for three (3) semester credit hours. These courses are offered in the following formats:

  • As traditional on-campus courses offered at the main campus and at Ashland’s regional centers located around Ohio.
  • As hybrid courses which meet partly at the main campus or one of the regional centers and partly online.
  • As fully-online courses with no on-campus attendance requirement.

Students may complete the degree in two to three years, depending upon their desired course load. A typical course load during the fall and spring semesters is to take one to two courses at a time. During the summer semester, students may take no more than one AHG-prefix course at a time, but may take one AHG course and one education course simultaneously. Students should consult with their program advisor to discuss their semester-by-semester load. Students may take up to ten (10) years from the date of their first course to complete the degree.

The Education Core (12 hours)

The Education Core is based on four standards: Curriculum Foundations, Historical Foundations, Inquiry, and Diversity. MASTAHG candidates are free to choose a course in each category which best meets their professional needs. Information about course offerings, including semester rotations, course offering times, locations, and delivery methods may be found at the M.Ed. program website.

Curriculum Foundations

Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDCI 522Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDCI 523Reading and Literacy Curriculum3Yes (SU)
EDFN 521The Theory and Practice of Curriculum Development3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 524Democracy in Education3No

Social & Historical Foundations

Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDAD 683Educational Leadership3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 503School and Society3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 645Educational Psychology and Human Development3Yes (SU)
EDIS 579Special Education Law, Policies, and Procedures3Yes (SP, SU)


Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDFN 504Action Research for Educational Improvement3No
EDFN 505Introduction to Applied Educational Research3No
EDFN 506Qualitative Research3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 507Understanding Statistical Research for Classroom Professionals3Yes (FA, SP, SU)


Choose one.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsAvailable Online?
EDCI 533Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners3Yes (FA, SP)
EDFN 502Critical Dialogues in the Teaching and Learning Professions3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDFN 510The World in Your Classroom: Multicultural and Global Education3Yes (FA, SP, SU)
EDIS 550Social and Educational Perspectives of Disability3Yes (FA, SU)

Note: Not all education courses are available online, nor are all online courses offered every semester. See chart above to determine which courses are offered online and during which semester it will be offered. Schedules are subject to change each semester. Courses not offered online are available as hybrid or fully on-campus courses at the Ashland University main campus, or at the university’s regional centers in Columbus, Elyria, Cleveland, and Massillon/Stark County.

The American History and Government Core

The full 12 semester credit hour core is required for all degree students.

Course NumberCourse TitleHrsPrerequisites
AHG 501The American Revolution2None
AHG 502The American Founding2None
AHG 503Sectionalism and Civil War2None
AHG 505The Progressive Era2None
AHG 506Rise of Modern America, 1914-19452None
AHG 510Great American Texts2None
AHG 693Qualifying Examination0Permission

Elective Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following courses.

Course Number Course Title Hours Prerequisites
 AHG 601 Sources of the American Regime 2 None
 AHG 602 European Discovery and Settlement 2 None
 AHG 603 Colonial America 2 None
 AHG 604 The Early Republic 2 None
 AHG 605 The Age of Enterprise 2 None
 AHG 606 America between World Wars 2 None
 AHG 607 America during the Cold War 2 None
 AHG 608Civil War and Reconstruction 2 None
 AHG 609World War II 2 None
 AHG 610 American Foreign Policy 2 None
 AHG 611 The American Way of War 2 None
 AHG 613Postwar America, 1945 to 1973 2 None
 AHG 614Contemporary America, 1974 to present 2 None
 AHG 620 The Reform Tradition in America 2 None
 AHG 621 Race and Equality in America 2 None
 AHG 622 Religion in American History and Politics 2 None
 AHG 623 Gender and Equality in America 2 None
 AHG 624American Society and Culture 2 None
 AHG 630 American Statesmen 2 None
 AHG 631 American Political Rhetoric 2 None
 AHG 632 The American Presidency I, Washington to Lincoln 2 None
 AHG 633 The American Presidency II, Johnson to Present 2 None
 AHG 640 The Congress 2 None
 AHG 641 The Supreme Court 2 None
 AHG 642 Political Parties 2 None
 AHG 643Constitutional Rights and Powers 2 None
 AHG 660 Topics in American History and Government 2 None
 AHG 691 Thesis 4 Permission
 AHG 692 Capstone Project 4 Permission

Qualifying Examination

All MASTAHG students must pass the qualifying examination. Students may take the exam upon completion of all 24 hours of core and elective AHG-prefix courses.  At the time the student registers for his or her final AHG-prefix courses the student should contact his or her academic advisor to schedule and prepare for the qualifying examination.

The qualifying examination is composed of essay response questions based upon the core and elective courses taken by the student as part of their curriculum. Students may repeat the examination once. If the student fails to successfully pass the exam after their second attempt, the student may face dismissal from the program.

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