The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree with areas of concentration in general public administration, human resource management, and nonprofit administration. The degree is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to enhance the field of public service through positions both inside and outside of government in the nonprofit and even private sector, e.g., as consultants to governmental organizations or as governmental service providers. The MPA curriculum provides students with a foundation in the practice of public administration. Beyond that, students earning the degree will possess a high level of competency in administrative processes for the public sector.
The Geographic Information System certificate offers (GIS) and (GPS) technologies that have become prominent workplace tools used widely in public and private sectors. This certificate can be useful to Planners, Spatial Analysts, Travel Consultants, Foresters, GIS Technicians, Project Directors, Transportation Specialists, Environmental Consultants, Demographers, Township Directors, and Mapping Professionals.
In keeping with the purpose of teacher education at West Chester University, the prime mission of the Teacher Education program in Special Education is to prepare teachers who can synthesize self-knowledge and general knowledge of (a) foundations of the study of disability, (b) the learner with disabilities, (c) appropriate content for the learner with disabilities, and (d) effective classroom pedagogy. WCU offers both traditional and online certification and M.Ed programs, as well as, a cohort at the new Philadelphia site (701 Market St.)