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 in Summer; at Highlands during Fall and Spring)
    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.