MAEL Program Receives Accreditation

December 09, 2011

The University of Mount Union recently received word that its Master of Arts degree in educational leadership (MAEL), which will begin in the fall of 2012, has been officially approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.
“The Department of Education is thrilled to receive the final approval of what is the culmination of many years of dedication and hard work,” said Dr. Thomas W. Gannon, professor of education, chair of the Department of Education and director of graduate leadership studies at Mount Union. “Many members of the Mount Union community assisted in the development of the MAEL Program, and individuals such as Dr. Mandy Capel, Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse, Dr. Fang Du and Linda played key roles in the creation and approval of the program. Without these individuals and support and guidance from the administration, this program wouldn’t be possible.”
When professors from the Department of Education attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Convention in San Francisco, CA this past spring, they received great feedback regarding Mount Union’s MAEL Program. “Individuals indicated that it is truly a cutting-edge program that exceeds the expectations of graduate students,” Gannon added. “A key feature is the opportunity to interact with the biggest names in education during the orientation and summer residency semesters.”
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 weeklong 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.
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