Education, M.A.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements to Master’s Degree Programs

Applicants to the MA in Education should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.

For full admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants having an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above, but below 3.0, may be granted provisional admission. Provisionally admitted applications will be granted full admission upon successful completion of 12 hours toward the approved plan of study with a GPA of 3.25 or higher, assuming that all other admission requirements are met.

Note: Some areas of emphasis are designed to lead to added endorsements for licensed teachers. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials, such as documentation of current teacher licensure, before an admission decision is made.

Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select, on the application form, the certificate they wish to pursue. Applicants must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from from an accepted, regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
  • A master’s degree from from an accepted, regionally accredited institution.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education consists of a set of core course requirements, area of emphasis requirements, and a capstone experience. All students must complete 15 hours of coursework in research, human growth and development, technology, instructional methods and assessment (the M.A. core). Each student must also select an area of emphasis consisting of 18-21 hours of required coursework, depending on the area of emphasis. Students will meet the comprehensive assessment requirement through the framework of a 3-hour capstone experience.

Plans of Study for Areas of Emphasis, Professional Development Programs

Plans of study marked with a plus sign (+) are available as graduate certificate programs. Certificate coursework may be taken as a stand-alone program.

Plans of study marked with an asterisk (*) may lead to added endorsements for licensed teachers. Endorsement programs are available to teachers who hold a valid West Virginia professional license in any area other than the one for which endorsement is desired. Applicants from other states should verify eligibility for added endorsements through their state’s Department of Education.

Early Childhood Education

This Area of Emphasis combines theory, research, and practical applications to child development and early childhood education. Options are available for licensed PreK-K teachers pursuing an advanced degree or licensed elementary teachers seeking an added endorsement.

ECE Option 1 (PreK-K Licensed)

Option 1 is designed for teachers who hold a PreK-K professional license who wish to pursue an advanced degree, or non-licensed individuals who want to build their professional knowledge to better work with early learners in environments where teacher licensure is not required. This option may be completed as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus 12 additional hours in the M.A. Core and three hours in the M.A. Capstone may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

ECE Option 2 (K-6/K-8 Licensed)+,*

Option 2 is designed for teachers who hold a K-6 or K-8 professional license who wish to add a PreK-K endorsement. This option may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (21 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus nine additional hours in the M.A. Core, three hours in the M.A. Capstone, and a three hour advisor approved elective may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

Elementary Mathematics Specialist+,*

The goals of this Area of Emphasis are to strengthen mathematical content knowledge and mathematical teaching methods of elementary teachers, Grades K-6. This Area of Emphasis is designed for teachers who hold a valid professional license in Elementary Education.These courses may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (21 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus nine additional hours in the M.A. Core, three hours in the M.A. Capstone, and a three-hour, advisor-approved elective may be used to receive the M.A. in Education. Satisfactory completion of the certificate program and state licensure requirements leads to the addition of an Elementary Mathematics Specialization endorsement on an existing, current, regular, elementary education teaching license. Candidates who complete the M.A. in Education or who already have a master’s degree in education and complete state licensure requirements are eligible to apply for the Elementary Mathematics Specialist endorsement on their current, regular education, teaching license.

Individualized Plan of Study

Students selecting an individualized program must work with an advisor to develop a Plan of Study that includes the M.A. Core (15 hours), an individually tailored Area of Emphasis (18 hours), and the Capstone Experience (3 hours).

Instructional Processes and Strategies

This Area of Emphasis is designed to provide advanced preparation to enhance planning, teaching, and learning processes. These 18 hours, plus 15 hours in the M.A. Core, and three hours in the M.A. Capstone may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

Instructional Technology and Learning+

This Area of Emphasis focuses on instructional applications and classroom utilization of technology to improve teaching and learning. These courses may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (21 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus nine additional hours in the M.A. Core, three hours in the M.A. Capstone, and a three hour advisor approved elective may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

Mathematics Through Algebra I+,*

This Area of Emphasis is available to teachers who hold a valid professional license in any area other than mathematics. Satisfactory completion of the required courses and passing the Praxis II meets the requirements for this added endorsement in West Virginia. The goals of this Area of Emphasis are to provide mathematical content knowledge and mathematical teaching methods to prepare middle school mathematics teachers. These courses may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (24 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 24 hours, plus nine additional hours in the M.A. Core and three hours in the M.A. Capstone may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

School Library Media Specialist+,*

The Area of Emphasis in Library Media provides an added endorsement for elementary and secondary teachers who have met initial licensure requirements. The program prepares K-12 teachers to manage school library media centers, collaborate with faculty to support the school curriculum and facilitate information literacy. These courses may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (21 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus 12 additional hours in the M.A. Core, and three hours in the M.A. Capstone may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

Teaching English as a Second Language: Option 1 - Licensure (ESL-1)+,*

The Area of Emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language offers two options. “Licensure” provides an added endorsement for elementary and secondary teachers who have met initial licensure requirements. The purpose of both programs is to prepare teachers who work with learners who enter schools with a language other than English. Both programs may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (21 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus nine additional hours in the M.A. Core, three hours in the M.A. Capstone, and a three hour advisor approved elective, may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

Teaching English as a Second Language: Option 2 - Non-Licensure (ESL-2)+

The Area of Emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language offers two options. Option 2 provides content and pedagogical training for educational professionals who are not licensed teachers, or who are seeking licensure through other means. The purpose of both programs is to prepare teachers who work with learners who enter schools with a language other than English. Both programs may be completed as a Graduate Certificate (21 hours) or may be used as an Area of Emphasis within the M.A. in Education (36 hours). These 21 hours, plus nine additional hours in the M.A. Core, three hours in the M.A. Capstone, and a three hour advisor approved elective, may be used to receive the M.A. in Education.

Plan of Study

Core Courses
EDF 621Educ Research & Writing3
or EDF 625 Qualitative Research Educ
EDF 616Adv Studies Human Develop3
or EDF 619 Educational Psychology
Select one of the following:3
Appli Software Class Curr Area
Instructional Design & Tech
Using Internet in Classroom
Select one of the following:3
Instruct Models Assess Tech
Approved methods course from Area of Emphasis
EDF 612Educational Evaluation3
Area of Emphasis
Select one of the following:18-21
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following:0-3
Capstone Experience
Satisfactorily completing a written comprehensive examination and three hours of approved coursework
Total Credit Hours33-39

Plans of Study for Areas of Emphasis, Professional Development Programs

Early Childhood Education

ECE Option 1 (PreK-K Licensed)

CI 559Multicult Influence in Ed3
CI 632Early Childhood Programs (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
CI 633Adult Involve in Early Ed3
CI 634Lang/Cog Early Childhood3
ECE 530Preschool Curriculum/Methods3
ECE 535Adm Early Child Programs3
EDF 513Human Growth Dev Birth-8 Yr3
Total Credit Hours21

ECE Option 2 (K-6/K-8 Licensed)

CI 632Early Childhood Programs (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
CI 633Adult Involve in Early Ed3
CI 634Lang/Cog Early Childhood3
ECE 535Adm Early Child Programs3
EDF 513Human Growth Dev Birth-8 Yr3
CI 630Practicum Early Childhood Ed3
Select one of the following:3
Appli Software Class Curr Area
Instructional Design & Tech
Using Internet in Classroom (approved technology course in the M.A. Core)
Advisor-approved elective3
Total Credit Hours24

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

CIME 500Math for the Elem Teach I (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
CIME 501Math for the Elem Tchr II3
CIME 555Technical Math for Math Educa3
CIME 650Algebra for Math Educator3
CIME 658Geometry for Math Educat3
CIME 673Elem Math Methds Practice K-63
CIEC 534Appli Software Class Curr Area (approved technology course in the M.A. Core)3
Advisor-approved elective3
Total Credit Hours24

Individualized Plan of Study

Individually tailored Area of Emphasis18
Capstone Experience3
Total Credit Hours21

Instructional Processes and Strategies

CI 551Writing to Learn/Content Area3
CI 559Multicult Influence in Ed3
CI 638Curriculum Planning3
CIEC 635Using Internet in Classroom3
EDF 610Trends & Issues in Education3
Advisor-approved methods elective3
Total Credit Hours18

Instructional Technology and Learning

CIEC 534Appli Software Class Curr Area (approved technology course in the M.A. Core)3
CIEC 600Instructional Design & Tech (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
CIEC 615Online Course Devel/Delivery3
CIEC 630Authoring Systems & Multimedia3
CIEC 635Using Internet in Classroom3
CIEC 699Final Project in Curr Area3
Advisor-approved technology elective3
Advisor-approved elective3
Total Credit Hours24

Mathematics Through Algebra I

CIME 555Technical Math for Math Educa3
CIME 556Finite Math for Math Educa3
CIME 650Algebra for Math Educator3
CIME 657Precalculus for Math Educa3
CIME 658Geometry for Math Educat3
CIEC 534Appli Software Class Curr Area (approved technology course in the M.A. Core)3
CIME 670Teaching Mathematics (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
CIME 675Superv Field Prac/Math 5-83
or CIME 677 Superv Field Pract/Math 5-12
Total Credit Hours24

School Library Media Specialist

ITL 501Libraries & the Learn Process3
ITL 502Library Mat for Adolsc (approved methods course in the M.A. core)3
ITL 504Library Mat for Children3
ITL 625Library Organiza & Admin3
ITL 627Cataloging & Reference3
ITL 631Technology and the Library3
ITL 650Library Practice (Field Work)3
Total Credit Hours21

Teaching English as a Second Language: Option 1 - Licensure (ESL-1)

CISL 550Second Language Acquisition3
CISL 551Linguistics for ESL3
CISL 552Intercultural Comm/ESL3
CISL 653Methods ESL:Language3
CISL 654Methods ESL: Literacy (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
CISL 655Practicum for ESL3
Select one of the following:3
Appli Software Class Curr Area
Instructional Design & Tech
Using Internet in Classroom (approved technology course in the M.A. Core)
Advisor-approved elective3
Total Credit Hours24

Teaching English as a Second Language: Option 2 - Non-Licensure (ESL-2)

CISL 550Second Language Acquisition3
CISL 551Linguistics for ESL3
CISL 552Intercultural Comm/ESL3
CISL 653Methods ESL:Language3
CISL 654Methods ESL: Literacy (approved methods course in the M.A. Core)3
Select one of the following:3
Appli Software Class Curr Area
Instructional Design & Tech
Using Internet in Classroom (approved technology course in the M.A. Core)
Advisor-approved elective3
Total Credit Hours21