MA in Education with Licensure

Western's online MA in Education with embedded teacher or principal licensure requires two years of coursework.  During the first year, you earn a teaching license (27 credits) or principal license (25 credits).  You then complete an additional 16-19 credits of coursework to earn your Master’s degree in Education with a unique leadership emphasis.  Western's online MA in Education program can be completed from anywhere in the world.   It can be completed in a little as two years, or up to 5 years.

Choose an emphasis based on your interests:

MA in Education with a Teacher Leadership Emphasis (43 credits)

Earn your teaching license during the first year of the program, then go on to earn you MA degree with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership.

Teacher leadership is defined as the work of a teacher-leader within a school who is regarded as an excellent educator; is well respected by peers; is recognized for his/her leadership capacity; holds a lifelong learning orientation; and has been identified to facilitate, advocate, and advance school reform and improvement of student learning. This work is typically carried out through informal and formal venues and processes; for example, with teachers in their classrooms, and with colleagues and administrators through leadership responsibilities on school and district level task forces, committees, and/or membership in district level professional development projects.

The Teacher Leadership Track requires 43 credits. The licensure year coursework is 27 credits.  Post-licensure year course work consists of the following 16 credits:

EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders...4 cr
EDUC 681 Curriculum Program Evaluation...3 cr
EDUC 682 Leadership in School Sites...3 cr
EDUC 693 Capstone...3 cr

And three credits from the following:

EDUC 684 Materials and Motivation for Reading...2 cr
EDUC 694 School Law for Teachers...3 cr
EDUC 695 Grant Writing in Education… 3 cr
EDUC 692 Issues and Trends in Leadership Seminar...1 cr

MA in Education with a Reading Leadership Emphasis (43 credits)

Earn your teaching license during the first year of the program, then go on to earn you MA degree with an emphasis in Reading Leadership. Reading leadership is defined as the work of a reading-leader situated in the classroom or in a school or district level position who knows federal and state policies related to literacy; has advanced knowledge of the development, implementation, and evaluation of scientifically-based reading programs; and can work effectively with other instructional staff to meet the literacy needs of all students. The reading leader provides professional guidance and expertise to classroom teachers, school and/or district literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs; and, develops and conducts in-service programs related to literacy.

Additional Endorsement Options in the Reading Leadership Track:
Reading Teacher (requires 2 years classroom teaching experience)
Reading Specialist (requires 3 years classroom teaching experience)

A candidate intending to pursue the Master of Arts in Education, Reading Leadership track, will complete one of the following licensure programs: Elementary, Secondary English, Special Education Generalist or CLD.  The Reading Leadership Track requires 43 credits.  Licensure year coursework: 27 credits.  Post-licensure coursework consists of 16 credits:

EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders...4 cr
EDUC 684 Materials and Motivation for Reading...2 cr
EDUC 685 Assessing, Evaluating, and Instructing At-risk & Struggling Reader...3 cr
EDUC 686 Literacy Coaching and Mentoring...2 cr
EDUC 687 School-Wide Comprehensive Literacy Program Development...2 cr
EDUC 693 Capstone...3 cr

Optional courses required in the Reading Leadership Emphasis to add Colorado endorsements in Reading Teacher and/or Reading Specialist:

  • Reading Teacher Internship, 3 credits
  • Reading Specialist Internship, 3 credits

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MA in Education with a K-12 Online Teacher Leadership Emphasis (43 credits)

"I feel more than prepared to teach an online course from this internship/ mentoring experience, for I have been able to address any questions about the professional atmosphere, lifestyle,and commitments with an actual expert in the field. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to work hands-on and learn step-by-step many of the skills that would be required of me as an online or blended teacher."

-Amanda Glover, K-12 Online Teacher Leadership, '15 

Earn your teaching license during the first year of the program, then go on to earn you MA degree with an emphasis in K-12 Online Teacher Leadership. The number of K-12 online and blended schools is rapidly growing in Colorado, with over 60 programs currently available to public school students (up from 29 just two years ago!)  These schools need teachers who understand online and blended teaching and learning.  Western's Masters program is the only one of its kind in Colorado to be fulfilling this need.  The K-12 Online/Blended Teacher Leader track is for those who are interested in moving their teaching career online or for those who are interested in developing a blended classroom or blended program in a face-to-face environment.  Online and blended teaching offers more convenience and flexibility for teachers and can offer a more personalized learning environment for students.  Candidates in this track take 9 credits that focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality online and blended teaching and instructional design, and in the third course are partnered with a master online teacher in a Colorado school.

First-year coursework requires students to successfully complete 27 credits of licensure coursework.  Post-licensure coursework consists of 16 credits:

EDUC 621 Creating Effective Online Learning Environments ...3 cr
EDUC 622 Using Data to Plan for Online Learning and Targeted Interventions...3 cr
EDUC 623 Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction...3 cr
EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders...4 cr
EDUC 693 Capstone...3 cr

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MA in Education with a Educational Administration Emphasis (44 credits)

Earn your principal license during the first year of the program, then go on to earn you MA degree with an emphasis in Educational Administration and qualify for an Administrator License. Effective educational administrator leaders are able to create a common vision. Educational administrator leaders are expected to be change agents and facilitators who improve conditions for learning through the creation of cultures that allow schools to operate as professional learning communities. They are also expected to bring out the leadership potential of every teacher and employee in the building and to work collaboratively with them, so that the school as a whole makes better decisions and is committed to continuous improvement. Effective educational administrator leaders are knowledgeable about how to create an environment that encourages and develops responsibility, ethics, and citizenship, in self and others. They work collaboratively to set the direction for a school community committed to and focused on learning. Effective educational administrator leaders are able create a common vision within the learning community and then support the movement toward that vision. They empower teachers to lead school projects and initiatives, rather than serve as the chief problem-solver. They acknowledge and address in planning, the internal and external factors affecting the school and the learning process.

Educational Administrator Leadership (44 credits)

A candidate intending to pursue the Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administrator Leadership track, will complete the Principal Licensure Program (25 credits) as part of the master’s.  Post-licensure coursework consists of 19 credits:

EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders...4 cr

EDUC 681 Curricular Program Evaluation...3 cr

EDUC 682 Shaping School Culture...3 cr

EDUC 696...Engaging External Stakeholders... 3 credits

​EDUC 695 Grant writing in Education...3 cr

EDUC 693 Capstone....3 cr

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MA in Education with an Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Leadership (43 credits)

Earn your teaching license during the first year of the program, then go on to earn you MA degree with an emphasis in CLD Leadership.

The number of English language learners (also known as ELL) in American schools has more than doubled in the past 20 years, and Colorado schools have seen an increase of 35.5% in the number of English language learners served since 2006.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Leadership is defined as the work of an individual (a CLD Interventionist or CLD Teacher Leader) who serves as a liaison between various constituents accountable for meeting the needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse learners (CLD) in the school and community settings. This individual is aware of state, national and local cultural norms, legalities, and policies that impact student learning and the acquisition of English language proficiency. The CLD leader has the ability to lead stakeholders associated with serving CLD learners to sustained high levels of productivity, collaboration, and achievement.

A candidate intending to pursue the CLD Leadership track will complete the CLD licensure program or will have a foreign language or ESL background, and/or relevant international or intercultural experience.  The Educational Administrator Leadership Track requires 43 credits. First-year coursework is 27 credits.  Post-licensure coursework consists of 16 credits:

EDUC 696 Engaging Diverse Stakeholders ... 3 cr
EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders....4 cr
EDUC 682 Shaping School Culture...3 cr
EDUC 683 Legal and Ethical Issues in Education...3 cr
EDUC 693 Capstone....3 cr

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Dual Emphasis

Examples:

Teacher Leadership/K-12 Online Leadership: Complete 25 credits of post-licensure coursework

Teacher Leadership/Reading Leadership: Complete 22 credits of post-licensure coursework

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