Graduate Programs

Master of Arts

in Education

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program at WLU is a 30 credit hour program which 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 meet once a week at 5:00 p.m. at  WLU Highlands Center. However, our distance-friendly program allows any student, near or far, to join their classes via WebEx, (video conferencing). During the last semester of coursework, all 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 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.

Areas of Emphasis:

Choose from one or more of the the 7 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.

READING SPECIALIST

For educators or others wishing to expand their 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.

MULTI-CATEGORICAL SPECIAL EDUCATION

For educators seeking a comprehensive overview of special education and wishing to develop the practical knowledge and skills to educate students with learning and intellectual disabilities as well as attention and emotional disorders.

INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTION

For anyone seeking a leadership role or additional preparation for working with individuals with disabilities. Course subjects include Fundraising and Grant Writing, Advocacy and Public Policy, Creative Leadership, and Non-Profit Management.

READING SPECIALIST

For educators or others wishing to expand their 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.

MULTI-CATEGORICAL SPECIAL EDUCATION

For educators seeking a comprehensive overview of special education and wishing to develop the practical knowledge and skills to educate students with learning and intellectual disabilities as well as attention and emotional disorders.

INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTION

For anyone seeking a leadership role or additional preparation for working with individuals with disabilities. Course subjects include Fundraising and Grant Writing, Advocacy and Public Policy, Creative Leadership, and Non-Profit Management.

LEADERSHIP IN DISABILITY SERVICES

This area is designed for anyone who seeks a leadership role or additional preparation for working with individuals with disabilities. Incorporating practical experiences and assignments, coursework prepares candidates to identify the needs, evaluate the programs, develop future goals, advocate for improved outcomes, and serve in leadership roles to support individuals with disabilities.

LEADERSHIP STUDIES

Preparing professionals for leadership positions by providing a deeper understanding of why and how great leaders flourish in society. Coursework includes leadership theory, organizational structures, and understanding of employee characteristics.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP

For individuals seeking to become professional educators, researchers, leaders in non-formal environments, and non-profit organizations. Coursework includes fundraising and grant writing, non-profit management, and non-formal education models.

SPORTS LEADERSHIP AND COACHING

For Athletic Administrators or Coaches working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs. Coursework is in an online format and focuses on educational athletics and developing leadership and coaching skills.

LEADERSHIP IN DISABILITY SERVICES

This area is designed for anyone who seeks a leadership role or additional preparation for working with individuals with disabilities. Incorporating practical experiences and assignments, coursework prepares candidates to identify the needs, evaluate the programs, develop future goals, advocate for improved outcomes, and serve in leadership roles to support individuals with disabilities.

LEADERSHIP STUDIES

Preparing professionals for leadership positions by providing a deeper understanding of why and how great leaders flourish in society. Coursework includes leadership theory, organizational structures, and understanding of employee characteristics.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP

For individuals seeking to become professional educators, researchers, leaders in non-formal environments, and non-profit organizations. Coursework includes fundraising and grant writing, non-profit management, and non-formal education models.

SPORTS LEADERSHIP AND COACHING

For Athletic Administrators or Coaches working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs. Coursework is in an online format and focuses on educational athletics and developing leadership and coaching skills.

Alternative Certification

**Only the MAEd 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
Educator Certification

Endorsements

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:

Admissions Requirements​

  • Official transcripts of any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accreditation college or university, with a 2.5 GPA. (Reading Specialist and Special Education requires a 3.0 GPA)
  • Start the Program in January, March, May, June, August, or October

Cost

  • 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: $460 per credit hour. International students tuition is $550 per credit hour.

More Information

Your Future as an Educator

Percent Change in Employment 2028

All OccupationsAll Occupations5%

Teachers, non-High SchoolTeachers, non-High School4%

High School TeachersHigh School Teachers4%

source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm#tab-6

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.

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm

Contact

Dr. Nicole Ennis
MAEdProgram Director

Main Hall 308B
227 WLU Highlands Center
304-336-8486
[email protected]

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