Graduate Programs

Master of Arts

in Education

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program at WLU is a 30 credit hour program which includes 12 credit hours of required education common core courses and 18 credit hours of courses in the student’s area of emphasis. Courses are scheduled in two eight-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and two six-week terms during the summer. Our personal-touch program maximizes flexibility and connection, offering both online and “in-seat” courses. In-seat courses meet once a week at 5:00 p.m. at  WLU Highlands Center. However, our distance-friendly program allows any student, near or far, to join their classes via WebEx, (video conferencing). During the last semester of coursework, all students will complete a semester-long capstone experience of an approved topic, which incorporates the education core courses and relates to the selected area of emphasis

Our missions is to empower our graduate students to serve as productive, creative leaders in schools and the community through an innovative and researched-based program of professional education.

Areas of Emphasis:

Choose from one or more of the the 8 areas of study within the program. Each area includes 12 credit hours of required common core courses and 18 credit hours  in an area of emphasis.


Expand your knowledge and skills pertaining to literacy using multi-sensory based instructional methods. Completion of this track along with passing the state licensure test can result in West Virginia certification as a Reading Specialist.


A comprehensive overview of special education and wishing to develop the practical knowledge and skills to educate students with learning and intellectual disabilities, attention, and emotional disorders.


Educators who desire to learn innovative, research-based instructional methods and create classrooms that prepare PK-12 students for their future. 


Designed for anyone who seeks a leadership role or additional preparation for working with individuals with disabilities. 





Preparing professionals for leadership positions by providing a deeper understanding of why and how great leaders flourish in society. 


Those seeking to become professional educators, researchers, leaders in non-formal environments, and non-profit organizations.



For Athletic Administrators or Coaches working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs. Coursework is  online.


This area is designed for students who already have an approved visual art teacher certification. Coursework is online. 

Alternative Certification

A partnership between the five county school systems in the Northern WV Panhandle and West Liberty University under the supervision of the West Virginia Board of Education, this alternative program is designed for qualified persons who desire to become licensed teachers in West Virginia. The courses required for Alternative Certification can lead toward the Masters of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree. (Additional WV Counties interested in collaboration with WLU’s Alterative Certification Program should contact Dr. Nicole Ennis: [email protected])

Required Courses:

  • EDUC 516 Classroom Teaching (Fall II)
  • EDUC 520 Trends and Issues in Education (Spring II)
  • READ 563 Multisensory Teaching Methods (for elementary teachers – Fall II) OR READ 575 Advanced Literacy Instruction (for secondary teachers – Summer II)

For Multi-Categorical Special Education Certification:

  • SPED 548 Advanced Assessment and Instruction for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (Spring II)
  • SPED 555 Advanced Assessment and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities (Spring I)

For Autism Endorsement:

  • SPED 501 Autism I: Characteristics of Autism (Summer I)
  • SPED 502 Autism II: Autism Assessment and Interventions (Summer II)

For more information about WV licensure for teacher certification, go to:

WV Licensure Testing Directory
Educator Certification


The MAEd program also offers courses to prepare licensed teachers for endorsements through the West Virginia Department of Education. These endorsement programs can be taken in conjunction with the MAEd degree, as preparation for a licensure exam, or as professional development units. Endorsements are offered in the areas of:

Admissions Requirements​

  • Official transcripts of any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accreditation college or university, with a 2.5 GPA. (Reading Specialist and Special Education requires a 3.0 GPA)
  • Start the Program in January, March, May, June, August, or October


  • In-state or out-of-state: ONE RATE! MAEd domestic students pay one rate per credit hour for tuition, so whether you live in West Virginia or are an out-of-state student, your tuition will be the same rate: $460 per credit hour. International students tuition is $550 per credit hour.

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Your Future as an Educator

Percent Change in Employment 2028

All OccupationsAll Occupations5%

Teachers, non-High SchoolTeachers, non-High School4%

High School TeachersHigh School Teachers4%


Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.



Dr. Nicole Ennis
MAEdProgram Director

Main Hall 308B
227 WLU Highlands Center
[email protected]

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