M.A. in Education

Master of Arts, Teacher Licensure, Principal Licensure

Degree Type

Master of Arts, Teacher Licensure, Principal Licensure


Education Department

Whether you want to make a positive impact on the lives of your students as a teacher, or pursue an administrative position in the school system, an advanced degree in education offers the credentials and skills you’ll need to accelerate your career.

Program Overview

Make a positive impact in your community.

Western’s M.A. in Education program is ranked as one of the top 10 most effective and top five most affordable online education degrees in the nation. Our small classes, innovative coursework and experienced faculty will enable you to advance your career as an educator. Join a program where 100% of students pass their licensing exams and 96% land full-time teaching positions after graduation.

Learning lessons

A class listens to a student-teacher at Gunnison Elementary.


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.

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 603 Content Area Learning 3 View
EDUC 604 Learning Environments 3 View
EDUC 605 Curriculum Development and Assessment 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 609 Secondary Student Teaching 3 View
EDUC 610 K-12 Student Teaching 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 619 Elementary Student Teaching 3 View
EDUC 624 Managing to Differentiate 3 View
EDUC 628 Pedagogies for English Learners 3 View
EDUC 629 Inclusion and English Learners 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


M.A. in Education

Gaye Jenkins, Ed.D.


"Gaye Jenkins served Western as Associate V.P. for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies from March 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018."


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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Available to:

Graduate students who are degree-seeking, demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average.

Provided by:

Dr. Donald P. Timm (B.A. ’52) through The Greater Milwaukee Foundation.


Eight to ten scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to students enrolled in the licensure year of  the program. Two to three scholarships of up to $500 are available to students who have earned their teaching license and are pursuing a Master’s degree in Education.

Selected by:

Western Education Department Scholarship Selection Committee.


Students who are accepted by March 15 will be eligible to apply.

  • The Graduate Scholarship Application Cover Sheet
  • A Word document consisting of one paragraph on how you meet the scholarship’s criteria and another paragraph on what sets you apart from other candidates.


Graduate Student Scholarship Application form should be emailed to education@western.edu.

Tuition scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Education Department to a limited number of incoming M.A. in Education students who demonstrate the potential to make outstanding contributions to the profession.


To be considered, you must be accepted to the M.A. in Education by March 15.

Preference will be given to:

  • Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Applicants with a proven dedication to or intention to work with students in rural areas or with underrepresented populations.
  • Applicants seeking credentials in Math, Science, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, or Special Education.
  • Applicants from underrepresented populations.
  • Applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need.

How to apply:

Students admitted to the program by March 15 will be sent instructions on how to apply.

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.

• 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

Interested in serving Colorado’s rural schools? The Education Department at Western Colorado University, in partnership with Montrose and Delta County School Districts, was recently awarded a grant by the Colorado Department of Education to expand its successful residency program for teacher licensure. The grant will fund fellowships to fully cover tuition for Western’s yearlong teacher residency program. Fellowship recipients must complete their residency in schools within Montrose and Delta County School Districts, and then serve for two additional years in the partner districts as a teacher of record. Preference will be given to applicants who pursue teaching licenses in STEM, special education, and other areas of identified need within Montrose and Delta.

Review of fellowship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will begin April 15th and conclude June 15th. Please contact Marilyn Krill (mkrill@western.edu) with any questions.

How to apply:

  • Complete the online application for the Montrose and Delta School Districts Teaching Fellowship
  • Interested applicants must also be admitted to Western’s Teacher Residency Program

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Costs and Admissions

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Residency Information

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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



Campus Location

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