Master of Arts in Education

Western's Education Department 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 coursework online. This residency model of clinical preparation, 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.

Program Offerings

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

Courses

 EDUC 600 - FND 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)

 EDUC 602 - LITERACY ASSESSMENT INFORMED INSTRUCTION (3 credits)

 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 DEVELOP ASSESSMT (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 - STR TECH TCHNG STU W SUP NDS (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 - BEHVRL ANALYSIS INTERVNTN (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 613 - Methods and Strategies of Effective Mathematics Instruction (3 credits)

Examine and apply research-based teaching strategies that promote mathematics learning. 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 ED 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 - LANG ACQUSTN LING DIVERSE STU (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 - LING 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 LEARNERS (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 - CREAT EFFECT ONLINE ENVIRONMNT (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 - FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP (4 credits)

Research school and professional ethics to plan a school environment that encourages responsibility and citizenship for the school community. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 671 - SUPERVISION OF STUDENT CONDUCT (2 credits)

Evaluate various models for designing a positive learning environment being careful to analyze and include correct legal procedures and due process. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 672 - MGMT EVAL PERSONNEL SUPRVSN (3 credits)

Research and synthesize personnel and evaluation policies from comparable school sites. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 673 - SCHOOL SITE SAFETY MAINTENCE (2 credits)

Research proven crisis intervention plans. Develop, implement and evaluate a site appropriate plan. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program

 EDUC 680 - RESRCH CRITICAL INQ FOR LDR (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 681 - CURR COLLAB IN SCHOOL SITES (3 credits)

Investigates best practice in curriculum reform, decision making, collaboration, and evaluation strategies as they affect the educational program.Develop problem solving skills through theory simulation. Prerequisite: Admissions to M.A. degree in Educational Program.

 EDUC 682 - LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOL SITES (3 credits)

Examine leadership models and issues discussed in professional literature and relate to own practice in order to increase leadership capacity and advocate for improving education. Prerequisite: Admission to M.A. degree in Education Program.

 EDUC 686 - LITERACY COACHING 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.

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
Chair, Department of Education
B.Ed., University of Sussex, UK; M.Ed., Lesley University, MA; Ed.D., California Coast University
Phone: (970) 943-2033
Office Location: Crawford Hall 103
B.S., New Mexico State University, M.Ed., University of Texas, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Northern Colorado
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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
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.S. Osmania University, India, M.S., Institute of Psychotherapy & Management Sciences, Master of Philosophy, Global Open University, Nagaland, PhD (ABD), University of Oregon
Phone: (970) 943-2081
Office Location: Crawford Hall 106
Lecturer, Department of Education
B.S. Central State University, M.Ed., Lesley University
Phone: (970) 943-2037
Office Location: Off Campus
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
B.A., Mesa State College; M.A., Villanova University
Phone: (970) 943-7023
Office Location: Crawford Hall 107