Program Overview

Western State Colorado University offers a Master of Arts in Education for students who wish to further their knowledge of the teaching/learning process to enhance their employment opportunities in the field of education. This program is ideal for current teachers to strengthen their teaching skills in order to successfully educate students. Through this program, students will be taught critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, as well as other skills. Students have the option to pursue an Initial Teacher Licensure Program, Principal Licensure Program, or an Added Endorsement Program through the first year of this program. During the second year, students may pursue various different tracks through their curriculum.

The Master of Arts in Teaching may be completed in two years. Students are required to finish core coursework and in-classroom/practical experience. Students who pursue the Initial Teacher Licensure program should already hold a bachelor’s degree and be interested in earning an initial teaching license. Individuals who choose the Principal Licensure Program are typically seeking a principal license. The last option that students may choose is the Added Endorsement Program. This program is ideal for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license. The program may sought after by individuals who wish to add an endorsement to a current license. During the second year, students may add a track to their curriculum. Tracks that are offered in this degree program include: Teacher Leadership Track, Reading Leadership Track, K-12 Online Teacher Leadership Track, and Educational Administrator Leadership Track. Courses offered through this program are designed to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable while teaching, implementing programs, and working with others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview


    Western State Colorado University, located on a 350 acre rural campus in Gunnison, Colorado, is a four-year public liberal arts university that was founded in 1901. The school was originally known as the Colorado State Normal School for Children, and the name changed to Western State College in 1923, as a result of its role expanding from a teaching institution to a liberal arts college. Western State College was the first designated liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. The school’s name changed from Western State College of Colorado to Western State Colorado University in 2012. Western State Colorado University states a mission that promotes “intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students, graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities”. Furthermore, WSCU emphasizes instruction in a “solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity”.

    WCSU offers bachelor's and master’s degrees through the following academic departments:

    • Art Department
    • Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSS) Department
    • School of Business
    • Communication, Arts, Language & Literature (CALL) Department
    • Music Department
    • Natural & Environmental Sciences (NES) Department
    • Education Department
    • Math & Computer Science (MCS) Department
    • Exercise & Sport Science & Recreation & Outdoor Education (ESS/ROE) Department
    • Environment & Sustainability Department


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