Master of Arts in Education

Beginning fall 2017, the Master of Arts in Education will be a 30 credit hour program, which can be completed in 12-18 months. More information is available in this new brochure:

West Liberty University offers a 36 credit hour course of study leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree (M.A.Ed.), which can be completed in twelve to twenty-four months. This program is open to graduate-level students who wish to advance their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in eight different areas of emphasis: Advanced Teaching, Advanced Special Education, Multi-Categorical Special Education, Reading Specialist, Sports Leadership and Coaching, Technology Integration, Community Education Research and Leadership, and Leadership Studies.

Coursework includes eighteen credit hours of required education core courses and eighteen credit hours of required courses related to the area of emphasis. Offered at the Highlands Campus or online, graduate courses are eight-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters, and six-week sessions during the summer. During the last semester of coursework, all M.A.Ed. 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.

M.A.Ed. Areas of Emphasis


  • Multi-Categorical Special Education
    This area of emphasis is designed individuals desiring a comprehensive overview of special education as well as educators with existing elementary certification or secondary certification in English, Math, Science, or Social Studies, who desire to acquire an additional endorsement in special education. Incorporating practical, classroom-based experiences and assignments, coursework prepares educators with the knowledge and skills to educate students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, intellectual disabilities, and emotional behavior disorders.
    Advisor – Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins: [email protected]
  • Reading Specialist
    This area of emphasis is designed for educators or others wishing to expand upon their knowledge of literacy with a special emphasis on multi-sensory based instructional practices. Coursework includes early and emergent literacy, word structure knowledge, delivery of reading assessments with resulting targeted interventions, advanced literacy instruction in comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary acquisition, developmental writing, and spelling.
    Advisor – Mrs. Theresa Kowcheck: [email protected]
  • Sports Leadership and Coaching
    This area of emphasis is an online format and is designed for individuals working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs. Coursework includes the understanding of key issues involved in educational athletics and further developing leadership and coaching skills.
    Advisor – Dr. Catherine Monteroso: [email protected]
  • Technology Integration
    This area of emphasis is an online format and is designed for individuals who desire to integrate technology to improve instruction and learner achievement in the traditional, hybrid, and online teaching environments in K-12 schools, higher education, community colleges, and industry. Coursework emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to apply a wide range of technologies and includes a strong multimedia and virtual reality component for individuals in reaching educational or professional development goals within schools, community, and corporate/public settings.
    Advisor – Dr. Li-Wei Peng: [email protected]
  • Community Education Research and Leadership
    This area of emphasis aids individuals in the development of becoming professional educators, researchers, and leaders in non-formal environments and non-profit organizations. Coursework includes program development evaluation, fundraising and development, non-profit management, and non-formal education models. Successful candidates seek to improve community relationships and involvement in their non-formal and/or non-profit institutes.
    Advisor – Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas: [email protected]
  • Leadership Studies
    This area of emphasis prepares professionals for leadership positions within their chosen profession and the understanding of why and how great leaders flourish in society. Coursework includes leadership theories, human relations of leadership, organizational structure, politics within an organization, understanding employee characteristics, and application to practical, real-life leadership opportunities. 
    Advisor – Dr. William Baronak: [email protected]
  • Advanced Teaching
    This area of emphasis is designed for individuals seeking teacher certification via an alternative route or interested in foundational pedagogy skills. Coursework includes student assessment, development and learning, curriculum, classroom management, use of educational computers and other technology, special education and diversity, and school law. This area of emphasis is not a stand-alone program and does not lead to teacher certification in any field or content area.
    Advisor – Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins: [email protected]
  • Advanced Special Education
    This area of emphasis is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of educators who already possess a degree and/or certification in special education. Educators select advanced, special education courses from a variety of specialized courses, which provide advanced knowledge, practical skills, and evidence-based practices. 
    Advisor – Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins: [email protected]

A Summer Autism Program is also available for educators who wish to add the WV autism endorsement.

The West Virginia Department of Education Licensure Testing Directory