MAEL Open House and Preview to be Held August 12

July 28, 2011

Beginning in the fall of 2012, the University of Mount Union will offer a master of arts degree in educational leadership (MAEL). Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to attend an open house and preview of the graduate-level program on Friday, August 12 at Dewald Chapel on Mount Union’s campus.
MAEL Open House and Preview Schedule
8 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Seminar featuring Dr. Lyn Sharratt
Dr. Lyn Sharratt currently supervises doctoral students at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She taught elementary and secondary school aged students in regular and special needs classrooms for more than 20 years before beginning her career in educational administration. Former superintendent of curriculum and instructional services for York Region District School Board, Sharratt is widely known for the design and implementation of the Literacy Collaborative (LC), a literacy/numeracy focused program, which resulted in York Region School District becoming a top student achievement performer in provincial standardized testing. York Region School District is comprised of more than 130 schools, 130,000 students and 8,000 teachers. Sharratt and Michael Fullan co-authored Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform, which details the result of the 7-year district turnaround program including how test scores and numeracy tests have improved and sustained high levels.

Noon – 1 p.m.

1 – 2 p.m.
Information Session
During the open house, attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the new Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program
  • Experience graduate education with a renowned expert in the field
  • Network with area superintendents and principals
  • Obtain contact hours for licensure renewal
  • Receive a schedule of online classes
  • Talk to Mount Union faculty and administration
The first 50 individuals to register will receive a complimentary copy of Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District Wide Reform by Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan.
The MAEL program is a two-year, cohort-based initiative that will be offered primarily online. In fact, students in the program will take two online courses during the fall and spring semesters for two consecutive years. This format will allow for educators to complete their graduate degree in a more timely fashion because of a class schedule that works well around their teaching professions. This unique program of combined online and on-campus learning will offer the convenience necessary for today’s young teaching professionals and the personal attention that has long been a hallmark of the Mount Union experience.
Course study will focus on the concept of turn-around leadership and utilize texts authored by leading experts in the field. A seven-day on-campus summer residency semester will also be held following each year of online coursework, resulting in two summer semesters per cohort. These semesters will be geared for students to discuss current issues and initiatives in education while engaging on a more personal level with renowned experts in the field. With guidance from the faculty, each student also will engage in a yearlong internship experience designed to align with his or her current work setting.
For more information, contact Dr. Thomas W. Gannon, professor of education, chair of the Department of Education and director of graduate leadership studies at Mount Union at
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