MAEL Program to Educate Second Cohort

June 17, 2013

The University of Mount Union will begin educating its second cohort of candidates in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) program this fall.

The program is a two-year, cohort-based program that is offered primarily online. This format allows 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 offers the convenience necessary for today’s young teaching professionals and the personal attention that has long been a hallmark of the Mount Union experience.

Also in the fall, Mount Union will begin offering a combined degree and principal licensure, which can be earned in 36 credit hours. Mount Union’s principal licensure offering is unique in that it is embedded in the MAEL curriculum. After completing coursework, graduate candidates will be prepared to take the licensure test.

“Our program meets the ever-changing needs of current school leaders,” said Dr. Mandy (Geddis ’98) Capel, assistant professor of education and a member of the MAEL program development team. “Candidates in the program are able to tailor the educational experience to their greatest needs in the field.”

According to Capel, the program will prepare educators for various leadership opportunities in the field of education. Because of the broad course offerings, the program appeals to educators in a wide variety of positions and with varying career goals.

Course study in the program focuses on the concept of turn-around leadership and utilizes texts authored by leading experts in the field. A weeklong on-campus summer residency semester is held following each year of online coursework, resulting in two summer semesters per cohort. These semesters are 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 candidate also engages in a yearlong internship experience designed to align with his or her current work setting.

The program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission and has also received Ohio Board of Regents approval to offer the Ohio Principal’s License (PreK-6, 4-9 and 5-12).

Application deadline for the program is July 19. For more information, see

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