2021-2022 Academic Catalog June 1, 2021- May 31, 2022 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog June 1, 2021- May 31, 2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education (MED)

The Master of Education Program strives to further develop and enhance the knowledge base of the practicing professional. As individuals progress though the curriculum, improvement and refinement of professional knowledge bases, reflective analysis of practice, and judgment making capabilities are enhanced and refined.

The Master of Education is a 36-credit hour program specifically designed for licensed or license eligible teachers.*  Accepted candidates must be employed in a K-12 public school system in order to complete the required field placement hours.

The program consists of a 12-credit hour Professional Education core and a 24-credit hour Content Specialization. All courses are offered on line using the Blackboard learning platform.  Content coursework includes field experiences and/or internships.

Additionally, candidates may choose to enroll in coursework for re-certification, to provide greater specialization within one's field, or for professional advancement.

A maximum of six hours of transfer graduate credit may be applied to a candidate's program of study with the consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. All courses must have been taken within the past five years. At the graduate level, a full course load is nine credit hours.

*The Education Graduate Coordinator may grant permission for prospective students other than licensed teachers to enroll in the program. However, enrolling in graduate courses without an Education degree will not lead to initial or advanced certification.

Master of Education

Professional Education Core

 The Professional Education Core is required for all Master of Education (M ED) students.

(1) Educational Leadership and Supervision (PreK-Adult) Cognate

(2) Reading Specialist (PreK-Adult) Cognate

Additional Certificate Programs

Two certificate programs are offered for students who possess a Masters degree in an education-related field:


All candidates seeking an endorsement from WVBOE in Educational Leadership are required to pass PRAXIS II: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision content assessment test prior to program completion.  Educational leadership candidates must receive a letter of recommendation from an educational administrator (such as a principal, supervisor, director, or superintendent) supporting their admission to the program. Candidates must also be employed by a K-12 school system each semester that they are enrolled in educational leadership courses.)



All candidates seeking an endorsement from WVBOE as a Reading Specialist are required to pass PRAXIS II: Reading Specialist content assessment test.


All candidates seeking an endorsement from WVDOE for Autism are required to hold a multi-categorical endorsement/certification.