Master of Arts in Education

West Liberty offers a 36 credit hour course of study leading to a Master of Arts in Education degree (M.A.Ed.). The Master of Arts in Education (M.A. Ed.) program is open to graduate level students and is designed to provide masters level work for individuals who wish to advance their professional knowledge, skills and dispositions. 

Areas of Emphasis
Advanced Teaching
This area is designed to help the candidate examine and enhance professional practice.  Applicants not currently teaching may enroll in this area of emphasis.

Community Education
Aids individuals who seek to improve community relationships and community involvement in their organizations. Coursework includes, program development evaluation, fundraising and development, non-profit management, and non-formal education models.  

Entrepreneurship for Teaching
The program is tailored to the interests and schedules of K-12 teachers who aim to introduce entrepreneurship studies into their classes.  Individual course outcomes will consist of teachers developing appropriate lesson plans including entrepreneurial foundations, creativity, promotions, law and finance to be used in the classroom.

Leadership Studies
Prepares professionals for key leadership positions, provide exemplary instruction and service, and conduct scholarly research that both advances theory and informs practice.  This program will involve participants in the practice of being educational leaders.

Advanced Special Education
This program is designed to enhance existing special educators knowledge of the field and the intricacies of the discipline.  Several elective areas are offered to further enhance the individuals knowledge base.

Special Education Multi-Categorical Certification
Permits teachers, with an existing certification and sufficient content in English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies, to acquire an additional endorsement.  Candidates must fulfill all requirements set by the WVDE to be recommended for licensure.

Sports Leadership and Coaching
This area is for individuals working or desiring to work in school, university, and community sports programs.  It offers the opportunity to enhance one’s understanding of key issues involved in educational athletics and to further develop one’s leadership and coaching skills.

Technology Integration
Permits teachers to acquire advanced skill sets in technology and technology integration.  School-based assignments and experiences are an integral part of this area of emphasis.

How to Apply
To ensure well-qualified candidates and competent graduates, the following qualifications for the Master of Arts in Education Degree Program have been established. For unconditional admission, the applicant must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.50 GPA from a regionally accredited institution
  • Provide official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Have a combined score of 800 (Verbal and Quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR a score of at least 30 (a scaled score of 378) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • International Students:  please note the additional requirements listed at the end of the application.

For additional information regarding the MAT, please contact the Learning and Student Development Center at 304-336-8018. MAT tests can be administered through WLU at either the main campus or Highlands Center by appointment. 
For additional information on the GRE, please visit

Financial Aid
Students in the Master of Arts in Education Program taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester may qualify for Financial Aid.  Each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to apply for federal and institutional financial aid at West Liberty University. Please contact Sara Sweeney at 304-217-2800 EXT 1 or via email at [email protected] for application and/or more information.

Mail or fax the completed application and all the required documents to:
West Liberty University Highlands Center, 355 Wharton Circle, Suite 200, Triadelphia, WV 26059  Fax: 304-547-0745