The online Master of Arts in Teaching degree program from Western New Mexico University is offered in two forms. The first is designed for students with no academic preparation in the field of education. It prepares these students, who have often been involved in other careers, to obtain a teaching license and begin their profession as a teacher. The second form provides professional development for teachers already in the classroom. These candidates already hold a bachelor's degree in Education and generally have experience teaching in public schools. In addition to these two curriculum formats, the following emphasis areas are offered:
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Reading Education
- Special Education
This degree program requires 36-48 credits for completion.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
- Three letters of recommendation (two academic and one other, preferably from an employer)
- Complete Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment
- A brief educational autobiography addressing the question, "Why Teach?"
- Taken and passed the National Evaluation Series (NES) test as of January 2015
- Complete FBI background clearance
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
School Accreditation Statement
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission