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MAE Middle Grades Education for Teacher Leaders


M.A.E in Teacher Leadership Middle Grades Education


Click here for a list of specializations.


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 Middle Grades (Grades 5-9).


Graduates of Higher Education Institutes other than WKU, including Out-of-State Graduates

Applicants with undergraduate degrees from accredited universities must have a 2.75 GPA for all previous undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 GPA for previous graduate coursework or qualifying GAP/GRE scores and must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate for Middle Grades (Grades 5-9). A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.

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.

Please Note: Non-degree Planned Fifth-Year/Rank II Middle Grades Education for Teacher Leader candidates follow the same program requirements as the MAE candidates. However, the admission requirements are notably different. Planned Fifth-Year/Rank II candidates must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate for Middle Grades Education (Grades 5-9). No GRE or minimum GPA is required. The Planned Fifth-Year/Rank II program does not lead to a degree.


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

The Middle Grades 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 completely online.
  2. Specialization (14-21 hours) directs the student into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth consistent with the goals of each candidate. TCHL 520 and an advisor approved content specific course are required. The remaining hours will be selected from appropriate elective courses from the discipline in which the student is certified; academic disciplines related to P-12 common core standards; CEBS content courses in exceptional education, interdisciplinary early childhood education, library media education, literacy, or psychology; approved endorsements (e.g., English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented Education, Environmental Education, Instructional Computer Technology); and courses identified as prerequisites for Instructional Leader programs. 

List of Middle Grade 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:

Additional Information

Additional information, including specific course requirements, for the MAE in Middle Grades Education, may be found at wku.edu/ste/mged/mae_mge_advising_sheet.pdf.

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 at wku.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. Rebecca Stobaugh
Email: rebecca.stobaugh@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4497
Web: wku.edu/ste/mged/mae_mge_advising_sheet.pdf


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 the 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 $395 per credit hour. Click here to learn more!



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 Last Modified 4/11/18