Dr. Mandy Geddis Capel

Teaching Area(s): Education

My favorite place on campus is the sidewalk.  To me, the sidewalks on campus are where the true spirit of Mount Union exists.

Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long will it take to complete the MAEL program?

    The MAEL program can be completed in just 24 months. 

  2. How are the courses and content of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) program delivered?

    The master of arts in educational leadership (MAEL) uses an online blended format.  During the traditional academic year, you do not attend lectures in person, but rather learn anywhere you have access to the Internet 24/7.  Online courses are delivered under the direction of faculty via the Internet using Brightspace (D2L), a course management system.  Innovative technology allows candidates to receive course assignments, view grades, participate in online discussions and ask questions of faculty and other cohort members at anytime of the day or night. 

  3. Will I be required to visit the Mount Union campus?

    Yes.  You will be required to attend a two-day orientation session prior to the first fall semester and two seven-day Summer Institute during the following two summers.  This unique feature will enhance the value of your degree and offer you the opportunity to work closely with your cohort on issues critical to transformational leadership.  One summer will feature an expert in the leadership dimension and the alternating summer will be devoted to curriculum and instruction.

  4. What information technology services are available to assist me during the program?

    Technical support service will be available from the Mount Union Helpdesk from 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday – Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

  5. How much does the MAEL program cost?

    For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees, please see the estimated program cost page.

  6. Can I transfer credits from another program?

    A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credits taken from a regionally accredited institution will be considered.  The Graduate Admission Council will review transcripts and make the final determination if the elective(s) can be counted toward the MAEL degree. Only those courses where the candidate received a grade of B+ or better will be considered.

  7. Can I waive some of the core requirements?

    No. The core of the program is the required curriculum for the MAEL degree.  We offer and require these to meet ELCC and NCATE standards.

  8. How much time per week will be required for the MAEL program?

    Candidates will spend approximately 17 to 20 hours studying each week.  The program is designed for working professionals who cannot afford the additional time driving to and from classes in addition to maintaining personal and professional commitments.  Time management will be crucial to your success.
  9. What is the typical class size in the online program?

    The program will be cohort based and will consist of approximately 24 candidates in each cohort.  This smaller class size allows you to get to know your fellow cohort members and form professional and personal friendships over the course of the program.

11.  What is the TOEFL requirement?

For admission into the MAEL program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet-Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

12.  Will my diploma specify that this is an “online” degree?

No. You will receive the same University of Mount Union degree as our on-campus candidates.  You will earn a master of arts degree in educational leadership.

13.  When can I start?

At present, all new cohorts will begin with a two-day orientation prior to the fall semester.  Read more about the application process.

14.  Can I still work full time while I am working on my internship?

Yes. Although our internship has set criteria for proposal development and acceptance, the internship itself is a "design your own" internship. Therefore, you can develop an internship that fits the needs of both your job responsibilities and the needs of your district or organization.

Let us know if you are interested in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program.

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