Master of Arts in Education

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


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