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Master of Arts in Teaching

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The College of Education offers two Masters of Arts in Teaching programs to choose from.

1.    The Road to Teacher Licensure

The first program is designed for students with no academic preparation in the field of education. Often these students come to our program with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, plus experience in other fields. The Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares these students to change careers, to obtain a teaching license, to enter the classroom, and to begin to make a difference in their community.

In this teacher preparation program, teacher candidates will study theory and methods. The students gain field experience at the foundation, application/reinforcement and capstone levels. These experiences also include a full-time student teaching requirement for licensure. The program offers a mix of on-line, in-class instructional television learning, and generally can be completed in two years of full-time study. After graduation, students find career opportunities in public, charter, and private schools, as well as in education-related positions.

Students in this program may concentrate their studies in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education.

2.    Licensed Highly- QualifiedTeachers

This second program provides professional development for teachers already in the classroom. These Master's candidates already hold a Bachelor's degree in Education and generally have taught in the public schools. Students in this program can immerse themselves in upper-division courses, or develop the knowledge and expertise in a new area of endorsement in their area of endorsement.

With their wide range of teaching experience, , these master's candidates contribute significantly to classroom discussions. Our program affords them the opportunity to gain knowledge of the latest theories and practices. In addition, our program helps teachers to broaden their network of colleagues. When they return to the classroom, our students/educators tap into these new relationships to share information and research, and to develop tools for student achievement.

Students in this program may concentrate their studies in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education or Reading Education.

Text Box:    The Degree Plans can tell you what courses are needed to complete these programs.  Click here for more information. 

Text Box:    The Field Experience Handbook contains Student Teaching requirements. Click here for more information.

Text Box:    The WNMU Catalog contains additional program details. Click here for more information.


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Phone: 575-538-6416 Fax: 575-538-6417


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