Graduate Programs in Education Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the advantages of enrolling in Western's Program?
- You can earn a master's degree in two years, primarily online, while maintaining the quality of the content and delivery method
- You can earn an initial teaching license or an added endorsement by the end of the first year
- You will earn 27 graduate credits that will be recorded on an official college transcript by the end of the first year (i.e., some districts will increase teacher pay for college credits past a bachelor's degree)
- All of the first year courses WILL APPLY to the master's degree in one of the three leadership emphasis tracks
- You will enroll in a student teaching course i.e., often when a teaching license is transferred to another state, the other state wants to see a student teaching course that is recorded on a transcript before they will issue you a license in that state
- You will be taking college courses online while working in schools within your community (i.e., districts will have the opportunity to interview you for jobs within the district for a semester or a year, depending on the length of your placement)
- You will have access to the latest online technologies to enhance your learning (e.g., model teaching streaming videos, voice interaction capabilities with peers and instructors, recorded instructor explanations with visuals, etc.)
- In the initial licensure program you will have support from one of the highest quality mentoring programs in the state (i.e., districts from around the state have adopted our mentoring structure to support their new teachers)
Q. What if I work as a para/assistant?
Q. How many hours should I plan to spend on my coursework each week?
Q. Can I participate in the program if I have not completed my undergraduate degree?
Q. What is Tk20?
Q. Do I have to be teaching in the field that I am seeking endorsement?
Q. Can my Residency be out-of-state?
Q. Will Western place me in a job after I finish the program?