Master of Arts in Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

Program description

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This 30 hour degree program provides a comprehensive professional development option for current preK-12 teachers. In order to address the ever-changing and complex challenges faced by today's teachers, teachers and faculty advisors work together to customize programs of study to meet individual needs and professional goals.

After you are admitted to the program, work with your advisor to select classes tailored to your interests in your chosen area of study. The result can be a degree that matters to you, your school, and your community, encompassing a set of core program beliefs.

Note: Students in the former program working towards a master’s in early childhood, elementary teaching or middle school, may stay with that program or meet with an advisor to transition to the new program.


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  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • An overall grade point average of at least a 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate work. If you have a GPA of less than 3.0, you may be granted a Conditional Admission. This will be converted to a regular admission if you receive a B or better in the first two graduate courses (six credit-hours) taken.
  • Experience working in a professional setting.
  • A valid Michigan Teaching Certificate will be required if you are seeking additional state endorsements.


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Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information, with a summary for these requirements found below:

Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

After admission

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Take care of your paperwork

Please attend to the following procedures in the order outlined by the specified times. Some steps have time requirements.

Step 1

Design a tentative program based on your needs and interests

Carefully examine the program description and the graduate catalog course descriptions to determine what courses will most benefit you. Be attentive to course prerequisites. If you have questions, contact the department in which the course(s) originate to discuss the suitability of the course(s) for your program. Complete a program outline (official form attached to program guideline). You may include no more than nine hours of coursework that you completed prior to the date of being accepted into the program. You must include a minimum of fifteen hours of 600 level or above coursework.

Step 2

Seek advisor approval for your program

The procedure for filing your permanent program is as follows:

  • Submit a list of courses to your graduate advisor by mail. Allow six weeks for the list to be reviewed by the advisor and processed. Use the attached program outline to assist you in the development of your list. This must be done within one semester following notification of admission to the program.
  • The advisor will review your selections. If your selections are within departmental guidelines and your advisor concurs with your choices, your list will be converted into a permanent program. If your selections are not within guidelines, your advisor will contact you by phone or mail regarding the necessary changes.
  • The final program will be signed by your program advisor and by the Dean of the Graduate College.
  • One copy of your program will be kept on file with your advisor, another will be kept at the graduate college, and a copy will also be mailed to you. Be certain to file your copy in a safe, accessible place.

Step 3

File necessary program changes in a timely manner

If it becomes necessary for you to change any of your courses, send a clearly written note to your advisor which includes the following in the order listed:

  • Your name
  • Your WIN (Western Identification Number)
  • Your current address
  • Your current phone number and daytime hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and evening hours (5 to 9 p.m.) when you can be reached
  • The course(s) you wish to drop
  • The course(s) you wish to add

Step 4

Ready to graduate?

A separate form for graduation may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar and returned to that office approximately six months before your intended graduation date.


Contact the following faculty members for more information on this program, potential career paths or additional resources:

Regional location contact information

Courses in this program are offered on a rotating basis at four regional centers. Some classes are face-to-face instruction, and many are offered in hybrid format.

Battle Creek

Tamara Morgan, Regional Coordinator, (269) 965-5380

Grand Rapids

Lisa Orlando, Student Services Specialist, (616) 742-5027


Alana Conkright, Office Associate, (231) 777-0500


Stacey Moore, Student Service Coordinator, (269) 934-1516