Master of Arts in Education


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

Starting for Fall 2018, MAEd domestic students will pay one rate for tuition. So whether you live in WV or you are an out-of-state student your tuition will be the same rate at $450 per credit hour.

International students tuition is $550 per credit hour.


M.A.Ed. Program 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.


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:

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

Coursework includes 12 credit-hours of required Education Common Core courses and 18 credit-hours of area of emphasis courses. Courses are scheduled in two eight-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and two six-week terms during the summer. Courses are either in an online format or at the WLU Highlands Campus once a week typically at 5:00 p.m. However, students at a distance can join the Highlands courses via WebEx, which is a video conferencing system accessible by 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.

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.

Required Education Common Core courses:

  • EDUC 502 Professional Writing (online every semester)
  • EDUC 507 Research Methods (online in Summer; at Highlands during Fall and Spring)
  • EDUC 512 Assessment and Data Literacy (online every semester)
  • EDUC 581 Capstone (16-week course during Fall or Spring only)

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.