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: $450 per credit hour.
International students tuition is $550 per credit hour.
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.
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 a masters-level experience 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
- Innovative Instruction
- Leadership in Disability Services
- Leadership Studies
- Community Education Research and Leadership
- Sports Leadership and Coaching (online)
The M.A.Ed. program also offers courses to prepare licensed teachers for endorsements through the West Virginia Department of Education in the areas of:
These endorsement programs can be taken in conjunction with an M.A.Ed. degree, as preparation for a licensure exam, or as professional development units.
Degree coursework 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 “in-seat” courses. In-seat courses typically meet once a week at 5:00 p.m. at the state-of-the-art WLU Highlands Campus. However, our distance-friendly program allows any student, near or far, to join their Highlands classes via WebEx, a video conferencing system accessible with a personal computer.
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.
Our 30 credit-hour Master of Arts in Education requires:
- 12 credit-hours in Education Common Core
- EDUC 502 Professional Writing (online every semester)
- EDUC 507 Research Methods (online every semestrer)
- EDUC 512 Assessment and Data Literacy (online every semester)
- EDUC 581 Capstone (16-week course during Fall or Spring only)
- 18 credit-hours in an area of emphasis (see links above)
- At least a B in each course
**Only the M.A.Ed. Reading Specialist leads to initial teacher certification/licensure in West Virginia as a certified reading specialist, as long as candidates pass the Praxis 5301 and all program requirements. No other M.A.Ed. concentration leads to initial teacher certification/licensure in WV.
For more information about WV licensure for teacher certification, go to:
- WV Licensure Testing Directory https://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/documents/mlblatt_Licensure_Testing_Directory_July_2017.pdf
- Educator Certification https://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/
- 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.