Master of Arts in Education

Western serves up cutting-edge ideas in teaching, offering a dynamic curriculum, innovative instructional strategies and a dedicated faculty team, focused on student needs.

​You'll learn firsthand about teaching by working in schools with children, teachers, administrators and parents, while taking your coursework online. This residency model, unlike traditional student teaching, immerses Western students in a yearlong teaching experience, helping them learn what is currently happening in education.

During your first year, you will experience life as a teacher or principal. 

After a five-day summer kick-off session on the Western campus, you are matched with a mentor teacher or principal for a year-long Residency in a K-12 school.  Your Residency allows you to seamlessly apply online coursework in a real-life classroom setting.  At the end of the year, you will earn a teaching or administrative license, or will add an endorsement to your existing license.

Following your Residency year,

you may continue to pursue your Master’s degree, if you choose.  Western's many degree options produce uniquely skilled educational leaders and include additional endorsement opportunities to advance your career.

Contact Barbara Woerner at 970.943.2030 for more information.  education@western.edu

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Courses

 EDUC 535 - ENGAGING THE K-12 ONLINE LEARNER (3 credits)

A study of methods and strategies to engage the online K-12 learner. Educators study how to transition from traditional face-to-face classrooms to online settings. Focus is primarily on the key principles of effective online instruction and the power of the learner-centered approach to ensure success for the online teacher and learner. Prerequisite: Teaching license.

 EDUC 536 - ASSESSING K-12 ONLINE LEARNER (3 credits)

A study of methods and strategies to engage the online K-12 learner. Educators study the principles of effective online assessment and specific online tools and strategies. Focus is on using assessment results to differentiate instruction and support the K-12 online learner. Prerequisite: Teaching license and EDUC 535.

 EDUC 537 - FIELD BASED APPLICATION OF ONLINE INSTRUCTION (3 credits)

Application of effective online teaching to an appropriate K-12 student population. Prerequisite: Teaching license and EDUC 535 and EDUC 536.

 EDUC 600 - FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)

Provide in-depth understanding of the reading acquisition process and current issues in reading research related to preliterate and emergent readers through observation and analysis of reading and written language development. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 601 - Methods and Strategies for Effective Reading Instruction (3 credits)

Provide in-depth understanding and application of scientifically-based methods of teaching reading comprehension vocabulary, and fluency.

 EDUC 602 - LITERACY ASSESSMENT INFORMED INSTRUCTION (3 credits)

Screen, diagnose, and monitor student progress in reading and writing to inform instruction and build home-school partnerships that promote reading and writing. 

 EDUC 603 - CONTENT AREA LEARNING (3 credits)

Apply concepts, methods, and practices related to curriculum, assessment of learning, and teaching in content areas. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 604 - LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS (3 credits)

Recognize needs for a successful classroom environment and apply strategies to support learning. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 605 - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT (3 credits)

Study and apply standards-based curriculum and assessment practices. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 606 - READING IN THE CONTENT AREA (3 credits)

Analyze, evaluate, and apply methods for developing effective reading strategies that improve student academic achievement in the content area. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 607 - Enhancing Student Learning with Digital Technology (3 credits)

Investigate the research and theory of 21st Century Skills as they affect the education program. Develop effective teaching strategies through theory and simulation.

Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 608 - Methods and Strategies for Effective Writing Instruction (3 credits)

 EDUC 609 - SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Work in a secondary school setting over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 610 - K-12 Student Teaching (3 credits)

Work in a K-12 school setting over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 611 - STRATEGIES & TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SUPPORT NEEDS (3 credits)

Address critical issues, content, and pedagogy needed by special education professionals. Apply these theories to the daily activities of the teacher. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 612 - BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS AND INTERVENTION (3 credits)

Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to study and apply current behavioral research and school law regarding the education of students with emotional/behavioral disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 614 - Collaborating for Students with Support Needs (3 credits)

Use data and collaboration process to develop Individual Educational Plans, and provide support needs and technologies for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 615 - SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Work in a K-12 school setting with students with disabilities over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 616 - LANGUAGE ACQUSTION FOR LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENTS (3 credits)

Develop and apply understanding of language acquisition and awareness of the historical, legal, social and educational background surrounding linguistically diverse education. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 617 - Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area (3 credits)

Differentiate social and cognitive academic language and use research to develop cognitive academic language for English Language Learners. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 618 - LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Work in a K-12 school setting with linguistically diverse students over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 619 - ELEMENTARY STUDENT TEACHING (3 credits)

Work in an elementary school setting over the course of the year, in collaboration with mentor teachers. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 620 - ENGAGING DIVERSE LEANERS (3 credits)

A study and application of research-based instruction to engage diverse learners. Focus is on creating learning experiences to maximize student engagement and achievement, while evaluating and reflecting on teaching practice. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 621 - Creating Effective Online Learning Environments (3 credits)

An inquiry into how K-12 educators can best develop relevant and engaging blended and online instructional contexts to meet the needs of all K-12 learners. Focus is on 
exploration of tools, resources and emerging technologies to determine how to build and manage learning environments which maximize student achievement. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 622 - Using Data to Plan for Online Learning and Targeted 3 credits Interventions (3 credits)

An analysis and application of collecting and using multiple levels of data to inform instruction relevant to the online and blended environment for K-12 students.  Blended and online instructional approaches will be modified and improved based upon Universal Design for Learning principles, awareness of the needs of diverse learners, and the data collected from the students, educators, and district. Prerequisite: Admissions to M.A. degree in Education Program, EDUC 621.

 EDUC 623 - Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction (3 credits)

Online field-based experience in design, delivery, and evaluation of standards-based instruction in an appropriate K-12 setting. A collaborative approach will be fostered among students, teachers, and school-level administrators to support existing or emerging online or blended instructional needs. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program, EDUC 621 & 622.

 EDUC 670 - INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL LEADERSHIP (4 credits)

Provide an overview of educational leadership principles, including theories of leadership, foundational concepts of leading a school, qualities of effective leaders, and the process of building a positive, collaborative school culture. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 672 - PERSONNEL SELECTION AND DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)

Understand and evaluate the process of working with school-related personnel, including recruiting and hiring practices, developing meaningful induction and mentoring programs, managing teacher and staff evaluations, and providing needs-based professional development for all staff. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 673 - SCHOOL SAFTY AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Identify and explore the components of school plant and safety management, including school-wide student discipline policies and practices, crisis and emergency planning and responses, and managing various funding sources associated with operating a school. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 674 - Parent and Community Involvement (3 credits)

Investigate various strategies for building relationships with all members of the school community, including identifying and understanding diversity in the surrounding community, establishing partnerships with area businesses and organizations, and working effectively with local media outlets

 EDUC 675 - School Accountability and Evaluation (3 credits)

Examine the responsibilities of managing curriculum, instruction, and assessment in schools, including selection of curricular materials that maximize learning for all students, use of data from local and statewide assessments to drive instructional decisions, and development of strategies and schedules that target students’ individual needs. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 678 - Administrator Internship (3 credits)

Complete a supervised internship or work full/part time as a school-based administrator for an entire school year during the principal licensure year of the Educational Administrator Leadership Program. 

 EDUC 679 - Principal Licensure Capstone (3 credits)

Develop a comprehensive, professional work sample demonstrating proficiency of the Colorado Principal Licensure Standards.

 EDUC 680 - RESEARCH AND CRITICAL INQUIRY FOR LEADERS (4 credits)

Examine, analyze, and synthesize research literature in relation to emerging trends in education. Explore concepts pertaining to quantitative and qualitative research methods and the synergistic relationship between research, theory, and practice. Develop problem posing/solving, information literacy, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program. Must be taken in the final year of the program.

 EDUC 680 - EDUC 680 (4 credits)

Examine, analyze, and synthesize research literature in relation to emerging trends in

education. Explore concepts pertaining to quantitative and qualitative research methods

and the synergistic relationship between research, theory, and practice. Develop

problem posing/solving, information literacy, and critical thinking. Prerequisite:

Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 681 - Curricular Program Evaluation (3 credits)

Investigate curriculum reform, decision making and evaluation strategies as they affect

the educational program. Develop problem solving skills through theory and simulation.

Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 682 - Leadership in School Sites (3 credits)

Explore leadership models and issues related to communication, collaboration and cultural dynamics in a changing school climate. Professional literature is related to students’ own practical experience, through observations, reflections and analysis. This course examines and applies skills related to educational leadership that advocate for all students and all stakeholders in the K-12 educational process and facilitate change. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.A. Degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 683 - School Law (3 credits)

Examine laws and legal implications of court decisions affecting schools and professional educators.

 EDUC 684 - Materials and Motivation for Reading (3 credits)

Select and evaluate materials, develop independent readers, involve the community, and establish and manage the literacy environment.

 EDUC 685 - Assessing, Evaluating & Instructing At-Risk & Struggling Readers (3 credits)

Develop in-depth understanding of scientifically based reading research and instruction for at risk and struggling readers. Provide the tools necessary to diagnose, evaluate and teach struggling readers. Assignments will include the development of intervention programs and the implementation of progress-monitoring reading assessments

 EDUC 686 - LITERACY COACHING AND MENTORING (2 credits)

Examine roles and functions of literacy coaching and mentoring to provide professional development for literacy in the school setting. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 687 - School-wide Comprehensive Literacy Program Development (2 credits)

Prepare educators for school-wide comprehensive literacy program development and delivery.

 EDUC 688 - Reading Teacher Internship (3 credits)

Complete supervised practicum(s) or internship(s) as a reading teacher at the appropriate grade level(s) for Colorado Department of Education Reading Teacher graduate endorsement. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 689 - Reading Specialist Internship (3 credits)

Complete supervised practicum(s) or internship(s) as a reading specialist at the appropriate grade level(s) for Colorado Department of Education Reading Specialist graduate endorsement. This course can be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 690 - School Law for Site Leaders Seminar (1 credits)

Relate knowledge of educational legal issues and trends through study of case law as it relates to the respective school site. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 691 - Fostering Collaborative School Sites (1 credits)

Examine collaborative processes, models of collaboration, and communication skills that promote effective professional interaction and decision making in educational settings.  Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 692 - Issues and Trends in Leadership Seminar (1 credits)

The role of professional literature and experience in the development of leadership capacity that advocates for   improvements of education.   Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 693 - Capstone (3 credits)

Interpreting, planning, conducting, and reporting research results in the field of education. The student must be enrolled in EDUC 693 when utilizing Western State College of Colorado Graduate Faculty support in conducting research. This course can be repeated for credit and is required the final semester of the M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 693 - CAPSTONE (3 credits)

Interpreting, planning, conducting, and reporting research results in the field of education. Students must be enrolled in EDUC 693 when utilizing Western State College of Colorado Graduate Faculty support in conducting research. This course can be repeated for credit and is required the final semester of the M.A. degree in Education Program. Prerequisite: EDUC 680 Research and Critical Inquiry for leaders.

 EDUC 697 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-6 credits)

 EDUC 698 - Independent Study (1-6 credits)

Work individually with a professor to design and complete a self-paced course of study.

 EDUC 698 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 credits)

Work individually with a professor to design and complete a self-paced course of study. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 699 - RESEARCH PROBLEMS -Education (1-6 credits)

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Education
B.S., Florida State University; M.S., Barry University; PhD in Leadership and Education, Nova Southeastern University
Phone: (970) 943-2135
Office Location: Crawford Hall 110
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Phone: (970) 943-2504
Office Location: Crawford Hall 105
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., Western Washington University, B.S., Central Washington University, M.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
Phone: 970-943-2141
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107
Chair, Associate Professor of Education
B.Ed., University of Sussex, England; M.Ed., Lesley University; Ed.D. California Coast University
Phone: 970-943-2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University
Phone: (970) 943-7041
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Unversity of Nothern Colorado
Phone: (970) 943-2030
Office Location: Off Campus
Lecturer, Department of Education
LLB, University of East Anglia, UK; M.Ed. University of Illinois, Urbana
Phone: (970) 943-7035
Office Location: Crawford Hall 109
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S., Drake University, M.A., Lesley University, Ph.D., Breyer State University
Phone: 970-943-2148
Office Location:
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Central State University, M.Ed., Lesley University
Phone: (970) 943-2081
Office Location: Crawford 106
Lecturer and Mentor Program Coordinator, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College; M.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College
Phone: (970) 943-3019
Office Location: Crawford Hall 108