Months to Complete: 24
Full-Time or Part-Time
App. Deadline: Jul. 15, Nov. 15, Apr. 15
Program designed to grow leaders
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more
about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process,
and meet key program representatives.
Virtual Open House
Tuesday, October 10: 5-6:30pm
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process, and meet key program representatives.
Teaching professionals looking for an advanced degree can pursue a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.). Our online-only programs offer innovative and challenging curriculums designed to prepare teachers to develop and apply research skills, expand and deepen content area knowledge, and further the understanding of child and educational psychology in order to provide opportunities for curriculum development and exploration of current methodology.
The coursework enables students to be inviting, reflective decision makers who can give leadership to the local school system in order to implement or improve elementary and middle grades programs. This program is for teachers who already have an "A" level elementary or middle grads education teaching license.
The curriculum requires the completion of 30 credit hours: four "Core" courses, four "Track" courses, and two "Capstone" courses. All courses are offered online only. While the program can be completed in two years, your advisor will work with you to develop a plan for completion that fits your unique needs.
Both the Comprehensive Elementary and Middle Grades Education M.A.Ed. degrees require:
Successful completion of the program will lead to a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree with a concentration in Elementary or Middle Grades Education and recommendation for Advanced Competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for teaching at the elementary (K-6) or middle grades (6-9) level.
Contact Dr. Jennifer Barrett-Tatum for more information.
You may apply at any time. Applications must be submitted online through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself system. In addition to the Graduate School Admission requirements, applicants must submit:
We welcome transfer students! Students may request to transfer up to six credit hours of graduate coursework completed in the past five years to apply to this program. Contact Dr. Jennifer Barrett-Tatum, program coordinator, with your request.
Please refer to WCU Graduate School link for information related to cost. There are several funding sources for graduate education majors. To find out more about financial aid eligibility, contact the financial aid office.