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The School of Teacher Education’s newly redesigned Masters of Education (MAE) in Advanced Teacher Education degree is a transformational and personalized experience, informed by ongoing collaboration with school district partners and WKU faculty. Developed with innovation and advanced practitioners in mind, the program is designed to prepare teachers to lead their students to higher levels of achievement; simultaneously allowing current teachers opportunities for Rank change, National Board Certification, and additional teaching credentials while earning their Masters degree.

Advanced Teacher Education, a more accessible and cost-competitive Masters of Arts in Education.




Customizable & Value-Added

The program is comprised of two main areas – Professional Education and Concentrations.

Professional Education includes 15 credit hours comprised of collaborative study specifically tailored to the professional needs of your community and school district. WKU faculty and school district partners work together to identify course content reflective of community and district needs.

Concentrations afford candidates the opportunity to work towards individual career advancement goals. Concentration courses include content, pedagogy, and other areas of professional development that can lead to Rank change, additional educator licensures, and National Board Certification.


The new program speaks to WKU’s commitment to transforming the lives of students in our Commonwealth through excellence and ongoing community partnerships. The proposed program implements curriculum directly supporting professional growth and district goals, helping to ensure our community’s long-term success and ensuring educators receive the tools to serve as advanced professionals in their districts.


The program is arguably the most cost-efficient opportunity for Rank change and additional teaching credentials in the region. 

The tuition rate for licensed Kentucky public educators and licensed public educators in border states is discounted to $350 per credit hour on eligible programs and courses.

WKU Educator Discount

Border-State Educator Discount

Additionally, there are several opportunities to earn course credit and course fee waivers through existing WKU programs. Teachers in participating school districts may earn 6 credit hours of professional education through district partnerships with WKU including the Fall 2021 New Teacher Academy. Teachers eligible to host student teachers can earn a course fee waiver which may be applied toward the cost of the program. Newly licensed WKU alumni teachers (class of ’21 and beyond) will be enrolled in Classroom Management for First Year Teachers (EDU 502) at no cost, earning an additional 3 credit hours towards Professional Education. WKU undergraduate students who successfully complete qualifying JUMP programs can earn up to 12 credit hours applicable to the Concentrations.

With these cost-saving opportunities, candidates may pay for just 12-24 credit hours of the 30-hour program.

Students enrolled in WKU graduate programs are also eligible for financial aid and institutional scholarships.


Master of Arts in Education

Provides Job-Embedded Choice and Partnership.

30 hours

Advanced Professional Learning Made Personal

15 Hours


You Choose Your Specialization

15 Hours

The program is divided into two instructional components. The first component, professional education, provides 15 hours of study collaboratively developed between WKU and the administration of the specific school district in which the candidate is employed. This includes a study of education in positive behavioral supports, teaching strategies and curriculum development. The second component, the concentration, directs the candidate into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth concurrent with the goals of each candidate.

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How To Apply

Applicants must be accepted to the WKU graduate school and hold a valid teaching certificate. A copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility must be submitted with the application.

Graduate Admission



Text WKU to 77222 to ask us a question

Scholarship Opportunities & Financial Support

WKU offers generous scholarships that may help you further reduce the cost of the Hilltopper experience.

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 Last Modified 9/2/21