M.A. in Education, Educator Effectiveness

Master of Arts in Education

Degree Type

Emphasis, Endorsement

Department

M.A. in Education

Over the course of your career as a teacher, you deserve the opportunity to focus on your personal and professional development goals in a supportive, flexible and personalized setting.

Program Overview

Take the time to focus on your goals.

Western’s Educator Effectiveness Program is a personalized, online master’s degree program designed to help currently-licensed teachers meet their professional development goals. This program is the first of its kind in Colorado and has been praised by the State Department of Education. In the program, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses directly related to your professional development goals rather than a predetermined course list. You’ll gain knowledge and skills through online coursework that you can implement in your classrooms to promote more effective learning.

Effective educators

Educator Effectiveness at Western is a personalized, online master’s degree program designed to help licensed teachers meet their professional development goals.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
EDUC 600 Foundations of Literacy Development 3 View
EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies of Effective Reading Instruction 3 View
EDUC 602 Literacy Assessment Informed Instruction 3 View
EDUC 606 Reading and Writing in the Content Area 3 View
EDUC 607 Rethinking Learning through 21st Century 3 View
EDUC 608 Methods and Strategies of Effective Writing Instruction 3 View
EDUC 611 Strategies for Exceptionalities 3 View
EDUC 612 Assessment and Programming 3 View
EDUC 613 Methods and Strategies of Effective Mathematics Instruction 3 View
EDUC 614 Inclusivity with Collaboration 3 View
EDUC 615 Student Teaching Exceptionalities 3 View
EDUC 616 Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students 3 View
EDUC 617 Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area 3 View
EDUC 618 Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching 3 View
EDUC 624 Managing to Differentiate 3 View
EDUC 625 Relevant Data Analysis to Inform Instruction 3 View
EDUC 626 Defining and Defending Evidence of Professional Mastery 3 View
EDUC 627 Innovations in Student Centered Teaching and Learning 3 View
EDUC 630 Inclusivity in the Content Areas 3 View
EDUC 631 Inclusive Methods and Strategies for Literacy 3 View
EDUC 632 Overview of Special Services 3 View
EDUC 633 Differential Literacy Assessment 3 View
EDUC 685 Assessing, Evaluating, and Instructing At-risk and Struggling Readers 3 View
EDUC 686 Literacy Coaching and Mentoring 2 View
EDUC 687 School-Wide Comprehensive Literacy Program Development 2 View
EDUC 694 School Law for Teachers 3 View
EDUC 697 Special Topics 1-6 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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How It Works

Gain a thorough understanding of the program.

While completing this program, you will work closely with an experienced faculty advisor to build a degree plan based on your own interests and professional development goals. You will attend a multiday Summer Session to network with other Educators with similar goals and to learn about the research process and the benefits of utilizing action research within your classroom. To finish your degree, you will complete a final capstone project designed to assess the extent to which you achieved your professional development goals.

One-of-a-kind

Western’s M.A. in Education, Educator Effectiveness program is the first of its kind in Colorado and has been praised by the State Department of Education.

Optional Added Endorsements

Take advantage of these additional opportunities.

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD)

The CLD endorsement will prepare you to work more effectively with diverse groups of students and their families. The clinical experience required for this endorsement can often be completed in your own school.

Reading Teacher

The Reading Teacher endorsement will prepare you to work more effectively with students who struggle to learn how to read. This endorsement is available to currently licensed teachers with two or more years of teaching experience. Additional requirements for the Reading Teacher endorsement are available on the Colorado Department of Education’s website.

Reading Specialist

The Reading Specialist endorsement will allow you to work as a literacy specialist and instructional coach in your school or district. This endorsement is offered to currently licensed teachers who have three or more years of full-time, demonstrated classroom teaching experience. Additional requirements for the Reading Specialist endorsement are available on the Colorado Department of Education’s website.

Special Education

The Special Education endorsement will help you to work more effectively with students who have Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). This endorsement is available to currently licensed teachers who would like to teach special education students.

Administrator License

The Administrator License prepares you for a position as a district-level leader (superintendent, director of special education or director of gifted education). This license is only available to currently licensed principals.

Western is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This regional accrediting agency is responsible for accrediting degree-granting post-secondary institutions in a 19-state region.

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Department Information

M.A. in Education

Contact Information

970.943.2045

mkrill@western.edu

Campus Location

Crawford Hall 118
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230