Frequently Asked Questions

MAED FAQs (12)

Q. What are the prerequisites for the MAED program?

A. To ensure well-qualified candidates and competent graduates, the following qualifications for the Master of Arts in Education Degree Program have been established. For unconditional admission, the applicant must:

  • Complete the Application for the Master of Arts in Education
  • Provide official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.50 GPA from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a combined score of 800 (Verbal and Quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to November 2011, a combined score of 300 (Verbal and Quantitative) on the GRE if take after November 2011, OR a scaled score of 378 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) — International student applicants must submit update GRE or MAT scores prior to admittance.

Q. Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Education to qualify for the MAED program?

A. No. A student must possess a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.50 GPA from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission.

Q. Where can I take the MAT?

A. Group administrations for the MAT are available only to West Liberty University applicants and current West Liberty University students. For more information, or to make an appointment to take the MAT, please check out the Center for Student Success. For additional information regarding the MAT dates at the Highlands center, please check out the Highlands Center page.

Q. Where is the Highlands Center located?

A. Take Interstate 70, exit 10. If coming from the east, turn right at the end of the exit. If coming from the west, curve to the right at the end of the exit ramp. Proceed on Cabela Drive past WesBanco, Wendy’s, Target, and Kohl’s. At the light immediately after Kohl’s, turn right. You will be facing Marquee Cinemas. The WLU Highlands Center is on your left.

For the easiest parking and entrance to the second floor, go around the fountain in front of the movie theater and proceed towards Indigo Joe’s. At the end of the driveway, loop around and head back to the West Liberty building. The first doors on your right are the entrance. There will be stairs immediately on your right and an elevator to your left that take you directly to the WLU entrance.

Q. What is Full Time and Part Time Classification?

A. A graduate student is classified as Full Time when enrolled in 9 or more hours during the fall or spring semester.

Q. How do I pay my bill?

A. The beginning of each semester, students no longer have to sign the bill. Students accept the Financial Aid on their WINS. For more information, please visit the Business Office.

Q. How long is the course of study?

A. West Liberty University offers a 36 credit hour course of study leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree (M.A. Ed.). The College of Education program holds national accreditation from NCATE for its advanced program. The course work includes

  • 18 credit hours of common core (CORE) of education courses, including a capstone course
  • 12 credit hours of program emphasis courses fulfilling the requirements of one of four areas
  • 6 credit hours of approved electives
  • All students must purchase LiveText during the first graduate course attempted.
Each of the classes are 3 credit-hours. The classes are blended and will meet as face to face and on-line to equal fifteen (15) sessions during an eight week time period during a regular semester or a six week time period during a summer session. When the courses meet face to face they will be conducted at the West Liberty Highlands Center in Wheeling, WV.

Q. What concentrations are in the MAED?

A. The Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Ed.) program is open to graduate level students and is designed to provide masters level work for individuals who wish to advance their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the areas of:

  • Advanced Teaching
    This area is designed to help the candidate examine and enhance professional practice.  Any individual involved in education (public and private sector) as a part of their profession, may benefit from this track.  Special emphasis is placed on educational philosophy and curriculum design.
  • Community Education
    Aids individuals who seek to improve community relationships and community involvement in their organizations.  Coursework includes, program development evaluation, fundraising and development, non-profit management, and non-formal education models.
  • Entrepreneurship for Teaching
    The program is tailored to the interests and schedules of K-12 teachers who aim to introduce entrepreneurship studies into their classes.  Individual course outcomes will consist of teachers developing appropriate lesson plans including entrepreneurial foundations, creativity, promotions, law and finance to be used in the classroom.
  • Leadership Studies
    Prepares professionals for key leadership positions, provide exemplary instruction and service, and conduct scholarly research that both advances theory and informs practice.  This program will involve participants in the practice of being educational leaders.
  • Advanced Special Education
    This program is designed to enhance existing special educators knowledge of the field and the intricacies of the discipline.  Several elective areas are offered to further enhance the individuals knowledge base.
  • Special Education Multi-Categorical Certification
    Permits teachers, with an existing certification and sufficient content in English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies, to acquire an additional endorsement.  Candidates must fulfill all requirements set by the WVDE to be recommended for licensure.
  • Sports Leadership and Coaching
    This area is for individuals working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs.  It offers the opportunity to enhance one’s understanding of key issues involved in educational athletics and to further develop one’s leadership and coaching skills.
  • Technology Integration
    Permits teachers to acquire advanced skill sets in technology and technology integration.  School-based assignments and experiences are an integral part of this area of emphasis.

Q. What is the application process?

A. For information on the admission process, please check out the MAED Admissions page.

Q. What is the International student application process?

A. For information on the International admissions process, please visit Admissions Office’s International Students page.

Q. Is Financial Aid available to graduate students?

A. Students in the Master of Arts in Education Program taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester may qualify for Financial Aid.  Each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a WLU Application for Financial Aid each year to apply for federal and institutional financial aid at West Liberty University.  The FAFSA code for WLU is 003823.