M.A. in Education

Optional Added Endorsements

Supplement your master’s degree in education with additional endorsements to enhance your resume and your professional experience.

Program Overview

Bolster your credentials and gain a competitive edge.

The field of education is just as competitive as other business sectors. Take advantage of these optional added endorsements to get ahead in your professional career as an educator. You may complete requisite online coursework for several optional endorsements while completing any of the M.A. in Education degree programs. You may also earn these endorsements without completing all coursework for the M.A. in Education degree.

M.A. in Education with Added Endorsements

Hone your skills in these specialty areas.

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.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD)

A CLD Endorsement provides teachers with a solid background in the principles and practices of second language acquisition, culturally informed and responsive pedagogy, and acquire the necessary skills to differentiate instruction in the classroom to meet the needs of Colorado’s increasingly diverse student population. Grounded in the most current theory, research and practice, candidates leave this program with the skills they will need to be effective educators, as well as building leaders and advocates for their CLD 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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