Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Career and Technical Education as part of a Transition and Licensing program for Military personnel for personnel who are interested in careers in education and working with students to develop their professional and career capabilities. Military personnel with a bachelor’s degree and related business or industrial work experience can obtain teacher certification through the program.

Students will focus on developing knowledge of teaching while in the process of transitioning to education. Those classes include work-site based education programs, measurement and evaluation in career and technical education, and curriculum development in career and technical education.

Students completing the program should be qualified for roles in teaching and education. Those qualifications include the ability to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of students, to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the subject matter, the ability to manage classroom and laboratories and create effective environments for learning, the ability to create learning environments involving equal treatment, fairness, and respect for diversity, and the ability to foster experiential, conceptual, and performance-based student learning of the subject matter. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of assessment methods, develop student career decision-making and employability skills, the ability to guide students in managing and balancing multiple life roles, the ability to develop self-awareness and confidence in students, the ability to analyze, evaluate, and strengthen teaching practice through life-long learning, the ability to strengthen professional development an outreach, and to contribute to the education profession to improve schools and advance knowledge and practice in their field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    1. Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree comparable to the current Michigan secondary teachable major endorsement in Marketing, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Industrial Technology;
    2. Successful completion of Michigan Test of Basic Skills, 
    3. Work Experience: 4000 hours of recent and relevant work experience in a related field; and, 
    4. Successful completion of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) in the discipline.

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Development
    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.


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