WFED Graduate Programs

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The Western Michigan University workforce education and development (WFED) Master of Arts program has options for those seeking to become career and technical education instructors, technical trainers in business and industry, and career development specialists.

M.A. in Workforce Education, Development and Leadership (30 credits)

This degree option is for ideal for candidates that are already a certified teacher OR working professional looking to expand their knowledge of workforce education and training. This program can be taken fully online. However, many of the same courses are offered in face-to-face or hybrid format.

This is a highly flexible master’s degree. While one can take all of their courses within the workforce education program, one can also take courses from other disciplines (i.e. educational technology, educational leadership, literacy studies, etc…). The minimum requirements for graduation are that the candidate has taken at least 15 of their 30 credits at the 6000 level and 15 credits within the WFED program.

WFED graduate courses offered:

  • WFED 5010: Topics in International Workforce Education and Development, three credit hours
  • WFED 5100: Special Populations in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 5120: Principles of WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 5130: Teaching Methods in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 5150: Grant Writing in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 5420: Curriculum Development in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 5430: Work-site Based Education Programs, three credit hours
  • WFED 6170: Global Education in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 6270: Marketing Strategies in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 6430: Measurement and Evaluation in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 6160: Occupational Selection and Training, three credit hours
  • WFED 6450: Organization of Employment/Training Systems, three credit hours
  • WFED 6480: Adult Education in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 6500: Business/Industry/Education Work-based Learning, three credit hours

 

M.A. in Workforce Education, Development and Leadership Post-baccalaureate (36 credits)

This degree option is for those seeking to become a certified Michigan middle or high school CTE teacher.

The WFED program certifies teachers in the following three areas:

  • Business, marketing, management and technology (BMMT)
  • Family and consumer sciences (FCS)
  • Industrial technology

To qualify for this program, a candidate must have at least 30 credit hours of coursework related to their chosen certification area (listed above). Additionally, they must have at least 3,000 hours of related work experience within the past 10 years.

Candidates that enter the program must pass their teacher certification content area test and document their work experience before they can complete their student internship.

Every situation is unique. If you think you qualify for this teacher certification option, please contact the graduate advisor for the WFED program.

Typical program of study for the 36 credit master’s option (courses with asterisks are the courses needed for teacher certification):

Human growth and development (3 hours)

  • *FCS 5250: Adolescent in Development, three credit hours

Teaching of reading (3 hours)

  • *LS 6870: Strategic Learning through Texts for High School Teachers, three credit hours

Workforce education courses (18 hours)

  • *WFED 5100: Special Populations in WFED, three credit hours
  • *WFED 5120: Principles of WFED, three credit hours
  • *WFED 5130: Teaching Methods in WFED, three credit hours
  • *WFED 5420: Curriculum Development in WFED, three credit hours
  • WFED 5430: Work-site Based Education Programs, three credit hours
  • WFED 6430: Measurement and Evaluation in WFED, three credit hours

Directed field experience (9 hours)

  • *FCS 6220: Practicum (intern teaching), six credit hours
  • *WFED 6170: Seminar in WFED, three credit hours

Electives (3 hours from the following suggested courses)

  • Can be any WFED course