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MAE Elementary Education for Teacher Leaders

M.A.E. in Teacher Leadership Elementary Education

The Teacher Leader programs are designed to empower teachers to address authentic needs in classroom management, differentiated instruction, and most importantly improve student learning. Teacher leaders are essential in leading schools to overcome student barriers to learning, particularly those that emerge from high-need environments. Placing highly trained teachers who are prepared for systemic change and leadership in schools will help close achievement gaps, facilitate learning for all students, and develop equitable practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.

  • To directly impact student learning
  • To include a Professional Education Core rooted in Pedagogy, Leadership, and Content applicable to all programs of study in teaching
  • To allow individualized programs based on the candidates' professional learning goals

(Criteria vary depending on the student’s undergraduate institution and GPA)

WKU Graduates

Applicants who are alumni of WKU teacher preparation programs must submit a current, valid teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility for Elementary (Grades P-5).

Graduate of a Kentucky Higher Education Institute other than WKU

Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other accredited universities will be admitted without a qualifying GRE score if they have a minimum 2.75 GPA for all previous coursework (undergraduate and graduate) and a valid teaching certificate for elementary education. A copy of the certificate must be submitted with the application.

Graduate of an Out-of-State Institution of Higher Education

Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other accredited universities with a GPA lower than 2.75 (undergraduate and graduate) must achieve a GAP (GRE score multiplied by the undergraduate GPA) score of 2200 or higher and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher and have a valid teaching certificate for elementary education. A copy of the certificate must be submitted with the application.

Applicants to the MAE program in Elementary Education must hold or be eligible to hold a teaching certificate at the elementary level OR have a valid elementary program on file with the Office of Teacher Services. (Note: Conversion program must be completed prior to or simultaneously with the MAE.)Applicants whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before they must apply to the EPSB for reissued certificates. After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the reissued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses.

The Elementary Education program requires 30-37 hours, and is divided into two instructional components:

  1. Professional Education (10-16 hours) provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all P-12 teachers working in a wide gamut of developmental levels and content areas, and is available online.
  2. Specialization (15-21 hours) directs the student into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth consistent with each candidate's professional goals. TCHL 520 and an advisor approved content specific course are required. The remaining hours will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. The candidate may select from the following areas: Elementary Education, Education Administration, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented Endorsement, or Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement. Specializations in Elementary Education, Gifted and Talented Endorsement and Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement are available completely online, allowing candidates to earn their degree entirely at a distance.

List of Elementary Education Specializations:

The Specialization component allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. The following specialization areas are available completely online:

Non-Degree Planned Fifth Year/Rank II for Teacher Leaders

  • Available in elementary, middle, and secondary education programs
  • Designed for students who do not meet the admission requirements of a degree program
  • Results in Rank II salary classification in Kentucky, renews the teaching certificate, and permits entry into a Planned Sixth-Year/Rank I program
  • Total Program Hours: 32

Additional Information

Additional information, including required course work, for each of the options above can be found here

General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress atwku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.

Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.

Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Department Contact

Program Contact: Dr. Lisa Murley
Email: lisa.murley@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-8822
Web: M.A.E. TL in Elementary Education - Advising Sheet

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate  

For more information about this program, fill out the form below.

Did you know? The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific master degree programs. It is $415 per credit hour. Click here to learn more!

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 Last Modified 9/4/20