Master of Arts | The Practice of Teaching

Master of Arts | The Practice of Teaching

Master of Arts in The Practice of Teaching


This flexible 30-hour degree program provides a comprehensive professional development options for current preK-12 teachers. In order to address the ever-changing and complex challenges faced by today's teachers, teachers and faculty advisors work together to customize programs of study to meet individual needs and professional goals.

Practice of Teaching studentAfter you are admitted to the program, work with your advisor to select classes tailored to your interests in your chosen area of study. The result can be a degree that matters to you, your school, and your community, encompassing a set of core program beliefs.

Note: Students in the former program working towards a master’s in Early Childhood, Elementary Teaching or Middle School, may stay with that program or meet with an advisor to transition to the Practice of Teaching program.


  • Early Childhood Education (ZS endorsement)
  • K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

Summer Teacher Institutes

Teacher institutes support the educational needs of teachers and teacher leaders in our Master’s and continuing teacher certification programs.

Regional Location Contact Information

Courses in this program are offered on a rotating basis at four regional centers. Some classes are face-to-face instruction, and many are offered in hybrid format.

Contact Information

  • Battle Creek - Marilyn Shriver, Office Associate:
    (269) 965-5380
  • Grand Rapids - Christine Dingman, Student Services Coordinator, (616) 742-5047,
  • Muskegon - Richard Vanderputte, Office Associate (231) 777-0500
  • Southwest -
    • Robin Ross, Student Service Coordinator, (269) 934-1516,
    • Steve Way, Assistant Director, (269) 934-1513,

Open house

Interested in earning your MA at the Grand Rapids campus? Representatives of the MA program will be at the Grad Fair on May 19 and 20.

More information


4121 Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5276 USA
(269) 387-3465 | (269) 387-3880 Fax