MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Our Master's in Education program provides graduate-level teacher preparation in keeping with the college's mission, and maintains the personalized service that is a hallmark of our undergraduate teacher preparation program. Classes are small and intimate, in the manner of academic seminars, in which faculty and students learn together as colleagues.
Our program will provide you with advanced-level coursework as well as classroom and research opportunities to strengthen your practice. Many of our courses are available online, so, although you’ll miss the beauty of our campus, you can enjoy the convenience of studying on a flexible schedule. Individualized academic advising ensures that you stay on track throughout the program. And, we have technology experts available to help you maximize your learning both in and out of the classroom.
Whether you’re interested in obtaining initial teaching certification through our post-baccalaureate program, adding a fifth year to your undergraduate studies, or acquiring a Master’s degree after years of teaching experience, our faculty are committed to developing a program of study to meet your goals and enliven your passion for education. We are currently approved by the West Virginia Board of Education to offer the following Master's degrees: 1) Multi-categorical Special Education, 2) Reading Specialization, 3) Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Initial Certification in English, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies.
Please contact me by telephone or email to share comments and questions or to arrange to visit in person. We invite you to join us in our aspiration to improve the quality of education for all.
Dr. Lynn Rupp
Director of the Master’s in Education Program
Program Learning Outcomes
- decision making skills
Apply decision-making skills to the analysis of the curriculum and modifications necessary to meet individual learner needs and comply with legal and policy requirements.
- learning theories
Synthesize and apply the various learning theories of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism to facilitate the learning of all students.
Explore technology and related resources to enhance and facilitate student success.
- 21st century skills
Incorporate technology and 21st century knowledge, skills and techniques into current instructional strategies to promote higher level student learning.
- technology as an assessment tool
Use technology as a tool for assessing student learning and for providing feedback to students and their parents.
- reflective leadership
Understand the need for reflective leadership to create effective inclusive classrooms and practical strategies for change.
- information literacy and problem solving skills
Develop information literacy and problem solving skills as tools for lifelong learning.
- educational research
Understand the strengths and limitations of educational research and its application for the continuous improvement of educational practice and optimization of student learning.
Prepare and present a research plan and a thesis involving original research in written and oral formats.
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for advanced applications within a particular area of specialization.