Elementary Education Teaching Certification - M.A.
This program is offered online.
This master's program meets state requirements to obtain elementary education certification at the graduate level and is designed for non-certified elementary educators who:
- Are currently employed full-time in a K-5th grade classroom that can serve as your internship placement or can be placed for a full-time internship or paid position during the school year
- Want to be a part of a supportive professional learning community
- Are ready to complete the required online classes in 12 months
Why elementary education at Western Michigan University?
High-ranking: WMU is ranked No. 3 in the state of Michigan and in the top 100 public institutions for best graduate schools in education.
Real-world experience: Students in this program complete a year-long clinical experience with the required coursework for certification. Additionally, students co-teach with trained mentors and receive extensive coaching during the school year
Cohort model: Students in this program work in cohorts and receive targeted feedback on their practice as they apply what they are learning in their coursework.
Early career support: Students will have the opportunity to be placed in the district as full-time teachers and receive comprehensive induction support for three years.
Creating exceptional educators: Michigan school principals ranked 95% of new teachers prepared at WMU as “effective” or “highly effective” in 2021-22.
Hitting the standard: The WMU teacher education unit is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Students may be eligible for $20,000 in funding through the Urban Teacher Residency Program.