Master of Arts
The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program at WLU is a 30 credit hour program that includes 12 credit hours of required education common core courses and 18 credit hours of courses in the student’s area of emphasis. Courses are scheduled in two eight-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and two six-week terms during the summer. Our personal-touch program maximizes flexibility and connection, offering both online and face-to-face courses that meet once a week at 5:00 p.m. Our distance-friendly program allows any student, to join their classes remotely through Zoom.
Our missions is to empower our graduate students to serve as productive, creative leaders in schools and the community through an innovative and researched-based program of professional education.
Choose from one or more of the 6 areas of study within the program. Each area includes 12 credit hours of required common core courses and 18 credit hours in an area of emphasis.
Expand your knowledge and skills pertaining to literacy using multi-sensory based instructional methods. Completion of this track along with passing the state licensure test can result in West Virginia certification as a Reading Specialist.
A comprehensive overview of special education and wishing to develop the practical knowledge and skills to educate students with learning and intellectual disabilities, attention, and emotional disorders.
Designed for anyone who seeks a leadership role or additional preparation for working with individuals with disabilities.
Educators who desire to learn innovative, research-based instructional methods and create classrooms that prepare PK-12 students for their future.
For Athletic Administrators or Coaches working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs. Coursework is online.
WLU provides approved online coursework. Program participants must possess a minimum of a 2.75 overall cumulative GPA and a valid Substitute Teaching Permit issued by the WVDE to be approved for enrollment in this coursework option. Participants must successfully complete EDUC 518 with a grade of “B” or higher to receive qualifying credit towards licensure and provide documentation to the WVDE. As part of successfully completing the course, West Liberty University requires that participants be fully responsible for meeting clinical experience requirements which include, but are not limited to, achieving a grade of 80% on the West Virginia Teacher Performance Assessment (WVTPA). Program participants may not complete their teacher performance assessment and clinical placement(s) outside of West Virginia. Generally, candidates complete the program within one semester, but the maximum amount of time allowed is one year. For complete cost and coursework details, please contact Dr. Richard Whitehead at email@example.com.
A partnership between the five-county school systems in the Northern WV Panhandle and WLU under the supervision of the West Virginia Board of Education, this alternative program is designed for qualified persons who desire to become licensed teachers in West Virginia. The courses required for Alternative Certification can lead toward the Masters of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree. (Additional WV Counties interested in collaboration with WLU’s Alterative Certification Program should contact Dr. Nicole Ennis: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
For Multi-Categorical Special Education Certification:
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The MAEd program also offers courses to prepare licensed teachers for endorsements through the West Virginia Department of Education. These endorsement programs can be taken in conjunction with the MAEd degree, as preparation for a licensure exam, or as professional development units. Endorsements are offered in the areas of:
The MAEd program also offers courses to prepare licensed teachers. Certificates are offered in the areas of:
In-state or out-of-state: ONE RATE! MAEd domestic students pay one rate per credit hour for tuition, so whether you live in West Virginia or are an out-of-state student, your tuition will be the same rate. For more information on Tuition please visit our Business Office Webpage.
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information to students in a certificate program. This is called a Gainful Employment Disclosure.
Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.
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