Workforce Education and Development

Program details

Credits required: 30-36

Location Format   
Grand Rapids Face-to-face
Online Online

Industry highlights

  • Individuals who obtain a Master's degree make 103 percent more money than individuals with only a high school diploma.Census Bureau
  • The median weekly salary of an individual who has a master's degree is $1,272Census Bureau

Master of arts (MA)

There's more than one way to get there

There's more than one path to the front of a classroom. Some people go straight from high school to college to a teaching career. For others, there are important stops along the way.

WMU's Master of Arts in workforce education and development is a degree for people who have found themselves in other careers, but have decided that they want to teach. The program, from WMU's College of Education and Human Development offers specializations for former military personnel and for people with bachelor's degrees in teachable subjects.

Why career and technical education at Western Michigan University?

This online program requires only a few face-to-face meetings. Students create a custom track so they can meet career goals without taking a break from their current lifestyle. There are two specializations to take you to the next level.

  • Troops-to-teachers
    This program offers a special focus area exclusively for the US Government Troops-to-Teachers program. Military personnel, with a bachelor's degree and related work experience in business, family and consumer sciences, or industrial-technical areas, may be eligible to obtain a teaching certification entirely online, anywhere in the world.
  • Post-baccalaureate teaching certification
    Designed for non-traditional students with a bachelor's degree in a teachable area like business, industrial technology, or family and consumers sciences, this program allows students to meet requirements for Initial Teacher Certification. Graduates will be prepared to teach career and technical education courses and develop and implement new curricula at secondary and post-secondary levels. While not completely offered online, students can complete teaching hours at schools near them.

Initial Teacher Certification requirements option

Students may satisfy the requirements for Initial Teacher Certification with either of the program options.

Who should apply

Any retired military personnel or anyone holding a bachelor's degree in a teachable area should apply to the program.

Career opportunities

This degree prepares students for work in the following areas:

  • Program administration
  • Career-related training programs
  • School-to-work initiatives
  • Student leadership development
  • Special populations

State authorization

There is a non-teaching track for this program that does not require any internship or field experience. So, it is possible that a student could complete the program online without doing any on-the-ground work. However, there is also a teaching track that requires a student teaching internship. Please complete the activity request form at the time of enrollment for this course.

Activity Request Form

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"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. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.