Graduate Programs

The School of Education, Health and Human Performance offers two graduate degrees and two non-degree certification program options:

  • The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for college graduates with a Bachelors degree in liberal arts, fine arts, or professional  fields to attain initial teacher licensure in a secondary or comprehensive content field.
  • The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree includes six concentrations designed to meet the needs of college graduates seeking to enhance their career opportunities through advanced study in the fields of Digital Media, New Literacies and Learning; Exercise Science; Professional Studies; Reading; and Special Education. 
  • Teacher certification only programs prepare candidates who hold a teaching license and are not seeking a Masters degree are available for Reading Specialist certification.

In addition to the professional standards specific to the fields of study described above, our graduate programs are designed to support the development of the Fairmont State University Graduate Studies Outcomes.  Graduates of advanced programs at FSU are prepared to demonstrate in their professional practice that they have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to engage in:

  1. Critical Analysis. Adapting and applying new knowledge and skills in the critical analysis of changing conditions in the field.
  2. Scholarship and Research. Critically analyzing and conducting research in the field.
  3. Creative Productivity. Engaging in creative productive activity in the field.
  4. Application of Standards-based Professional Knowledge and Skills. Applying new, advanced, standards-based knowledge and skills in the context of the field.
  5. Professional Development. Engaging in critical self-analysis and articulating professional goals.
  6. Professional Communication. Demonstrating effective and appropriate verbal, nonverbal, written, and media communication techniques in the profession.

To explore more information on individual graduate programs or to identify a program contact to answer your questions, please use the links to the left.