Master of Arts in Education

Mission of the M.A.Ed. Program:

To prepare professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the application of research-based methods to serve as leaders in addressing educational and community needs.


West Liberty University offers a 30 credit-hour course of study leading to a Master of Arts in Education Degree (M.A.Ed.). The M.A.Ed. program is open to graduate-level students and is designed to provide masters-level work in an accelerated format for individuals who wish to advance their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the areas of:

  • Reading Specialist,
  • Multi-Categorical Special Education,
  • Technology Integration (online),
  • Leadership Studies,
  • Community Education Research and Leadership, and
  • Sports Leadership and Coaching (online).

Coursework includes 12 credit-hours of required Education Common Core courses and 18 credit-hours of area of emphasis courses. Offered at the WLU Highlands Campus once a week or online, graduate courses are eight-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and six-week terms 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.

The 30 credit-hour Master of Arts in Education requires:

  • 12 credit-hours in Education Common Core and
  • 18 credit-hours in an area of emphasis
  • At least a B in each course.

This degree does not lead to initial teacher certification/licensure in West Virginia.

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

For more information…


  • For questions about admissions, registration, and financial aid, contact: [email protected]
  • For general questions about the M.A.Ed. program, contact Dr. Leann Elkins: [email protected]
  • For questions about specific areas of emphasis, contact the advisor listed for that specific area.