Advanced Teaching


Advanced TeachingNo new applications for this area of emphasis are being accepted as of September 1, 2016.

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.

The M.A.Ed. requires 36 credit hours (12 courses) and can be completed in 1-2 years depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Each course is held in an 8-week session, and each semester (fall, spring, summer) has 2 sessions. The Education Core courses are offered either online or face-to-face each semester. Face-to-face courses are held one day a week from 5:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the West Liberty University Highlands Center.

Education Core Courses (18 hours)


Each of these required courses are offered every semester.

  • EDUC 502 Professional Writing
  • EDUC 503 Technology Applications
  • EDUC 506 Motivation and the Development of Creativity
  • EDUC 512 Assessment and Analysis for Teaching – Learning
  • SPED 532 Historical Perspectives and Case Law
  • EDUC 581 Research and Capstone (must be taken during the last semester)

Area of Emphasis Courses (18 hours)


Required courses (Both will be held in Spring 2017):

  • EDUC 521 Educational Philosophy
  • EDUC 532 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice

Select 4 of the following courses:

  • EDUC 520 Current Issues & Trends
  • EDUC 530 Techniques for English Language Learners
  • EDUC 535 Arts Integration and Multi-Cultural Learning
  • EDUC 543 Flexible and Creative Learning Environments
  • EDUC 561 Comparative Education
  • SPED 549 Peer Tutoring in the Inclusive Classroom
  • SPED 562 Advanced Techniques in Orton Gillingham

To view the descriptions of the above courses, click on the current WLU Catalog and go to pages 204-206. Admitted students can view their degree plan in DegreeWorks by accessing WINS.

For more information, please contact the advisor for this area of emphasis:

Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins
Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of M.A.Ed. Program
West Liberty University Highlands Center
Office Number 224
304-217-2800 ext. 3
[email protected]