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The Practice of Teaching

Master of Arts (MA)

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Credits Required: 30
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Industry Highlights

  • In the United States, about 179,000 master's degrees were conferred in the field of education 2008 to 2009.

National Center for Education Statistics

The Kendall Teacher Scholars Scholarship Fund deadline has been extended. Submit your application by Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

Scholarship eligibility limited to those teaching in Calhoun County.

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Move forward in your teaching career - your own way

With the Practice of Teaching master's program at Western Michigan University, the path forward is yours to design. The program is structured to allow teachers to customize their program of study to meet their own individual needs and professional goals. You can study issues that matter to you, your school, and your community.

Why the Practice of Teaching at Western Michigan University?

The Practice of Teaching master's degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies (TLES) at WMU offers three specialized program concentrations - Early Childhood Education (ZS endorsement), K-12 Curriculum and Instruction and Foundations in Teaching (for WWF/WK Kellogg Fellows only).

Students may select courses outside of TLES for a highly customized program. This flexibility allows students to focus on an academic content area related to their own teaching position (science, math, language arts, etc.) or on another area of personal, academic or professional interest (fine arts, leadership, foreign language, psychology, etc.).

Who should apply

The MA Practice of Teaching program is designed for teachers who have already had some time in the field and are ready to advance in their careers. Specific admissions requirements are available on the TLES website.

Career opportunities

Teachers can boost their earnings in a number of ways. In some schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working with students in extracurricular activities. Getting a master's degree or national certification often results in a raise in pay, as does acting as a mentor. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 46 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.