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Bachelor of Arts/Science with Teacher Licensure; M.A. in Education (3+2)

Bachelor of Arts, Teacher Licensure, Master of Arts in Education

Degree Type

Accelerated Degree Programs

Department

Education Department

Whether you’re passionate about history, science, art or math, one of the best ways to share your enthusiasm for the subject and your love of learning is by becoming a teacher. In Western’s accelerated degree program, you can gain the credentials and knowledge you’ll need to launch a successful career in education.

Program Overview

Expedite your education and your career, so you can start making a difference.

The 3+2 Secondary or K-12 Licensure program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in your major with an emphasis in Secondary or K-12 Licensure and a Master of Arts in Education in five years. This program provides a combination of foundational knowledge and hands-on experience to ensure that you are well-prepared to thrive professionally in any academic setting.

You can choose an undergraduate program in one of 11 majors (Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Exercise Sport Science [Physical Education], Geology, History, Mathematics, Politics & Government, or Spanish) and pair it with a Masters of Arts in Education emphasizing in Teacher Leadership, or K-12 Online Leadership.

The Teacher Leadership degree program will help you become an excellent educator who is recognized for your leadership skills and capacity. You’ll gain the skills to facilitate, advocate and advance school reform and the overall improvement of student learning.

The K-12 Online Leadership degree path prepares you to provide professional guidance to virtual or brick and mortar schools on effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs in relation to online and blended learning.

In addition to a teaching license and M.A. in Education with an emphasis area, you may also choose one of several added endorsements to supplement your degree. These endorsements will enhance your teaching skills and prepare you to take on a variety of classroom environments both during your residency and after graduation.

Enhance your own education and earn professional credit at Western’s Summer Teacher Institute.

A well-rounded education

This program provides a combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice to develop educators who are well-prepared to take on a variety of academic environments after their time at Western.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

Students seeking licensure in the 3+2 Secondary and K-12 Licensure Program must complete the requirements of their major, all other University requirements, and the Secondary/K-12 Licensure requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Education. For specific major requirements and degree plans, please see the appropriate discipline's page.

Available majors that can lead to teacher licensure:

Art, English, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Exercise and Sports Science, Geology, History, Mathematics, Music, Politics and Government, Spanish

The Secondary and K-12 Licensure Program requires 30 credits of Education coursework:

EDUC 000Education Gateway Course0
EDUC 340Application of Pedagogy and Practice3
Total Credits3

Secondary and K-12 Licensure Coursework to be taken year 4 of 3+ 2 Secondary and K-12 Education MAED Program.

EDUC 403Instruction and Assessment in Content Area3
EDUC 405Data-driven Instructional Practices3
EDUC 604Learning Environments3
EDUC 606Reading and Writing in the Content Area3
EDUC 607Rethinking Learning through 21st Century3
EDUC 629Inclusion and English Learners3
Six credits of the following:6
EDUC 609
Secondary Student Teaching
EDUC 610
K-12 Student Teaching
Total Credits24

The residency for Secondary or K-12 Licensure must be completed in a classroom that corresponds with the grade level and endorsement area sought. Students are expected to work cooperatively 24 hours per week with qualified mentor teachers. During this year-long clinical residency, students are applying and extending the pedagogical knowledge they are learning in their education courses. The Secondary and K-12 licensure coursework and the post-licensure coursework are taught online

5th year Post-Licensure Coursework:

Once accepted to the 3+2 Secondary and K-12 Licensure MAED Program, students must declare their MA emphasis and the School of Graduate Studies may designate the student as a "MAED degree-seeking student." Students in the Secondary and K-12 Licensure 3+2 Program may choose an MA emphasis in K-12 Online Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Reading Leadership.

All 3+2 Secondary and K-12 Licensure students will be required to take 6 credits of 600 level education electives. Elective Education Coursework to be taken year 5 of 3 + 2 Secondary and K-12 Education MAED Program.

Education Coursework to be taken year 5 of 3 + 2 Secondary K-12 MAED Program:

Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in K-12 Online Teacher Leadership
K-12 Online Teacher Leadership is defined as the work of an individual (an online-teacher leader) teaching online in a virtual school and/or in a blended K-12 learning environment (a) who knows federal and state policies related to online and blended teaching and learning; has advanced knowledge of the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality online teaching and instructional design and (b) who can work effectively with other online or blended instructional staff to meet the targeted learning needs of all students. The K-12 online teacher leader provides professional guidance and expertise to virtual or brick and mortar schools on effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs in relation to online and blended learning.

To earn the MA in Education with emphasis in K-12 Online Teacher Leadership, the candidate must successfully complete 43 graduate credits of education course work in conjunction with in-classroom/school practical experience. Successful completion of the K-12 Online Teacher Leadership emphasis will result in earning the MA degree. 

EDUC 621Creating Effective Online Learning Environments3
EDUC 622Using Data to Plan for Online & Blended Learning and Targeted Interventions3
EDUC 623Designing and Delivering Effective Online & Blended Instruction3
EDUC 680Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders4
EDUC 693Capstone3
Total Credits16

Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in Reading Leadership

Reading Leadership is defined as the work of an individual (a reading leader) situated in a classroom or a school or district-level position who has advanced knowledge of federal and state policies related to literacy; has deep understanding of the development, implementation, and evaluation of scientifically-based reading programs; and can work effectively with other instructional staff to meet the literacy needs of all students. The reading leader provides professional guidance and expertise to classroom teachers, school and/or district literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment program leaders; and develops and conducts in-service programs related to literacy. 

To earn the MA in Education with emphasis in Reading Leadership, the candidate must successfully complete 43 graduate credits of education course work in conjunction with in-classroom/school practical experience. Successful completion of the Reading Leadership emphasis will result in earning the MA degree. To be recommended for a Colorado Department of Education Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist endorsement, the candidate must also take one of the following: Reading Teacher Internship or Reading Specialist Internship
 

EDUC 680Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders4
EDUC 684Materials and Motivation for Reading2
EDUC 685Assessing, Evaluating, and Instructing At-risk and Struggling Readers3
EDUC 686Literacy Coaching and Mentoring2
EDUC 687School-Wide Comprehensive Literacy Program Development2
EDUC 693Capstone3
Total Credits16

Optional Coursework for Reading Teaching or Reading Specialist Endorsement:

EDUC 688Reading Teacher Internship3
EDUC 689Reading Specialist Internship3

Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in Teacher Leadership

Teacher Leadership is defined as the work of an individual (a teacher-leader) within a school who is regarded as an excellent educator; is well respected by peers; is recognized for his or her leadership capacity; holds a lifelong learning orientation; and has been identified to facilitate, advocate, and advance school reform and improvement of student learning. The work of a Teacher Leader is typically carried out through informal and formal venues and processes; for example, with teachers in their classrooms, district-level task forces, committee, and/or membership in district-level professional development projects. To earn the MA in Education with emphasis in Teacher Leadership, the candidate must successfully complete 43 graduate credits of education course work in conjunction with in-classroom/school practical experience. Successful completion of the Teacher Leadership emphasis will result in earning the MA degree. 
 

EDUC 680Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders4
EDUC 693Capstone3
Additionally, completion of the Teacher Leadership emphasis requires nine 600 level education elective credits. Students may select 3 courses from the following: 9
EDUC 632
Overview of Special Services
EDUC 669
Formal and Informal Methods of Assessment
EDUC 681
Instructional Program Development and Evaluation
EDUC 682
Shaping School Culture
EDUC 697
Special Topics
Total Credits16
*EDUC 697 may only be taken upon instructor approval.  Students interested in EDUC 697 must consult with the graduate advisor prior to enrolling in this course.

Education with emphasis in Teacher Leadership, Master of Arts

Teacher Leadership is defined as the work of an individual (a teacher-leader) within a school who is regarded as an excellent educator; is well respected by peers; is recognized for his or her leadership capacity; holds a lifelong learning orientation; and has been identified to facilitate, advocate, and advance school reform and improvement of student learning. The work of a Teacher Leader is typically carried out through informal and formal venues and processes; for example, with teachers in their classrooms, district-level task forces, committee, and/or membership in district-level professional development projects. To earn the MA in Education with emphasis in Teacher Leadership, the candidate must successfully complete 43 graduate credits of education course work in conjunction with in-classroom/school practical experience. Already licensed teachers have the option of adding an endorsement in the licensure areas listed above during their first year of study. Successful completion of the Teacher Leadership emphasis will result in earning the MA degree. 

EDUC 614Inclusivity with Collaboration3
EDUC 616Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students3
EDUC 617Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area3
EDUC 618Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching3
EDUC 632Overview of Special Services3
EDUC 680Research and Critical Inquiry for Leaders4
EDUC 693Capstone3
Total Credits22

Careers

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Career preparation is the primary focus of every academic program at Western. Our professors and Office of Career Services will help you identify your strengths, hone your skills, define your goals, and prepare for a fulfilling role in hundreds of professional fields after graduation.

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Scholarships

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Access to apply for scholarships through the portal is open through April 1.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

In 2019, the state of Colorado passed a bill that authorizes the Department of Higher Education to make payments on educational loans of teachers who are employed in a rural or hard-to-fill positions. The program will accept up to 100 applicants per years, and recipients will receive up to $5,000 per year for up to five years to help relieve their student loan debt. To learn more about this program, visit the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Applications are due Feb. 21, 2020

The Exceptional Resident Award is given to one undergraduate or graduate Education student, per year, who exhibit the following criteria:

  • Shows respect for differences and a commitment to serving all students regardless of their race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, cognitive ability, gender, or sexuality.
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset in the face of challenges and responds constructively to feedback. Shows willingness to reflect upon practice.
    • Goes above and beyond to builds strong relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the local community. Is supportive and positive when interacting with others.
    • Exhibits curiosity and is innovative in lesson design and delivery.
    • Shows a willingness to try new things and to thoughtfully assess their effectiveness.
    • Demonstrates leadership by taking initiative to be part of the school team. For example, shares strategies and ideas learned in Western courses with mentor and other colleagues in a constructive manner.

Award:
• Recognition at graduation with a cord and reimbursement of up to $500 for travel expenses to attend graduation at Western
• Certificate presented at the placement school by the resident’s regional coordinator and/or clinical coach
• Recognition on Western’s Education Department website
• Scholarship of up to three graduate credits to be used towards completion of a master’s degree at Western

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Access to apply for scholarships through the portal is open through April 1.

Please check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

Find your scholarships!

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 1 for 2023. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming first-year students.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your network and apply your knowledge.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

  • Community Partnerships: Many classes involve working with children and teachers in the various schools around the Gunnison Valley.
  • Future Educators of America: Students in this club engage in volunteer work and professional development opportunities along with other like-minded students.
  • Residency Year: Students may choose to student teach in an elementary (K-6) classroom anywhere in the world.

Classroom experience

MA in Education students gain firsthand teaching experience in classroom environments—both locally and around the world.

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Additional Resources

Tuition and Aid

For the first three years, students in either M.A. in Education 3+2 program pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students take a combination of …

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How It Works

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Cost and Admissions

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Frequently Asked Questions

View a list of frequently asked questions answered by our knowledgeable faculty to familiarize yourself with what you can expect as an education student.

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Summer Licensure Orientation

Learn about our on-campus, in-person orientation experience geared toward helping you plan and prepare for your yearlong classroom residency.

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Optional Added Endorsements

See what options are available to help you enhance your degree and gain professional development through our variety of added endorsement programs.

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Residency Information

Know what to expect and how to prepare for your yearlong teaching residency experience.

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Initial Licensure Content Areas & Post-Licensure Added Endorsements

Western Colorado University is approved by the Colorado Department of Education to prepare students for licensure or added endorsement in the 24 content areas.

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Department Information

Education Department

Department Chairperson

George Kamberelis, Ph.D.

Professor, Chairperson

Undergraduate Assistant

Barbara Woerner, B.Ed.

Placement Coordinator, Undergraduate Program Advisor

Graduate Assistant

Marilyn Krill

Department Support Coordinator

Contact Information

970.943.2045

mkrill@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Crawford Hall 101
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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