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The Master of Arts in Creative and Innovative Education (MACIE) is designed for people who wish to further their knowledge about children as creative thinkers and innovative makers. Our graduates will work in diverse fields, such as business, non-profits, the creative arts, K-12 education and community outreach organizations.

  • Education courses provide students with a background in child development theories, learning strategies, critical and creative thinking skills, and examinations of children’s lives in contemporary society, all through the lens of creative education.
  • Additional coursework in business, policy, education, or the arts and sciences allow students to focus on content that will prepare them for their specific goals.
  • Apprenticeships connect students with organizations and businesses in the metro area to expand their knowledge and skills in such areas as non-profit organizations, start-up companies, after-school programs, and teacher leadership.

Please note: This program does not prepare students to earn a Georgia teaching credential.

This degree will:

  • Connect you with like-minded people who are interested in inspiring children's creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Extend your knowledge about child development and learning with a focus on supporting children's creativity.
  • Provide you with an apprenticeship in a community business or organization.
  • Wants to increase pedagogical knowledge to foster creative learning in and out of school settings.

Our Ideal Candidate

Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university; plans to pursue a career focused on children’s creative and innovative learning that may include one or more of the following:

  • Seeks position in an educational, policy, or business setting where the focus is creative learning.
  • Aspires to launch a business enterprise or non-profit organization to serve children’s creative and innovative learning.
  • Wants to increase pedagogical knowledge to foster creative learning in in- and out-of school settings

Master of Arts in Creative and Innovative Education

View GSU Graduate Catalog 

The M.A. in Creative and Innovative Education offers flexible scheduling for students to complete a minimum 12-course, 36-credit hour program. Eight courses are required and students can choose four electives. View the catalog listing to find out more about coursework and electives.

Program Structure

  • 36 total credit hours
  • 8 courses in Creative & Innovative Education
  • 4 courses in selected concentration
  • Apprenticeship related to Creative and Innovative Education

Visit our graduate admissions page for:

  •     application deadlines
  •     application requirements
  •     how to apply

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Laura MeyersLaura E. Meyers is a clinical associate professor in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and teaches a variety of courses across multiple programs of study to undergraduate and graduate students. Read full bio
Headshot of Teri HolbrookTeri Holbrook, Ph.D. is an associate professor of literacy and language arts in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Her research interests include multimodal and digital composition, writing pedagogy, arts-infused and digital literacies, and arts-based and poststructural qualitative research methods. Read full bio
Sarah Bridges-Rhoads

Sarah Bridges-Rhoads, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of literacy in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Her research, which is grounded in poststructural theories, complicates and destabalizes common understandings of processes, practices and categories in qualitative research and elementary education — especially related to writing. Read full bio

Headshot of Nicole PourchierNicole Pourchier works part-time with the MACIE program to create and distribute digital content and to develop relationships between our program and local organizations that are doing creative and innovative work with children. She is a former elementary school teacher, early childhood education professor and writing consultant. Her research interests include arts-based methods of learning and research, post-process writing theory and multimedia writing practices. Currently, she is dabbling in her own entrepreneurial project to create and distribute a play-based learning product for families with young children.

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