Master of Arts in Education


In-state or out-of-state: ONE RATE!

Starting with Fall 2018 semester, MAEd domestic students will pay one rate for tuition. So whether you live in WV 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.

Our Mission:

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.


Our Program:

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 offers an accelerated format designed to provide a masters-level experience for individuals seeking to advance their professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions. In addition to 12 hours of core courses, students can choose from the following areas of emphasis:

Coursework to prepare licensed teachers for endorsements through the West Virginia Department of Education are offered in the areas of:

Each area of emphasis requires 18 credit hours of study in addition to the 12 credit-hours of required education common core courses. 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 the 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
    1. EDUC 502 Professional Writing (online every semester)
    2. EDUC 507 Research Methods (online every semestrer)
    3. EDUC 512 Assessment and Data Literacy (online every semester)
    4. 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

This degree does not lead to initial teacher certification/licensure in West Virginia. For more information about WV licensure for teacher certification, go to:

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.