- Joseph MacBenn M ’15
- Hometown: Lima, OH
- Major: MAEL
The MAEL Program fit my educational needs and plans for the future, and I knew Mount Union was a quality school with a great reputation.
Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership: Mission Statements and Goals
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at University of Mount Union is a caring and interdisciplinary program designed to engage professional educators in a transformative process of cultivating systematic problem solving and sophisticated data-driven decision making in varied educational settings. The primary aim is to prepare professional educators to meet the challenges of creating highly effective learning communities to promote meaningful change within local, national and global environments.
The vision of the Educational Leadership program is to provide high quality, cohort-based and innovative hybrid instruction featuring online personalized courses, face-to-face Summer Institute, an internship and orientation programs. Candidates will be prepared for the challenges and opportunities of both formal and informal leadership experiences. A year- long internship will acquaint the candidates with realities of the change process at work.
Program Goals and Objectives
The philosophy of the MAEL program is to develop leaders to achieve, at a minimum, the following six learning goals:
- Teaching and Learning
- Social Contexts of Education
- Collegiality and Collaboration
- Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Managing Technology and Resources
- Ethics and Integrity
The specific learning objectives for MAEL candidates are:
Teaching and Learning
- Understand and analyze cutting-edge theories and practices of instruction, curriculum development, assessment and leadership.
- Apply educational research and research techniques to implement data-driven decision making.
Social Contexts of Education
- Understand how being the agent and beneficiary of school change serves as a vehicle for economic, social and political equality and liberation.
- Recognize and value that diversity in all forms are assets in teaching and learning.
Collegiality and Collaboration
- Facilitate effective communication among all parties and stakeholders of the learning community
- Identify and develop ways to bring people and resources together to change the status quo in schools.
Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Develop the ability to use different modes of thoughts to generate new and dynamic ideas and solutions
- Prioritize issues and establish practical and achievable action plans which lead to improved teaching and learning.
Managing technology and resources
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the uses of a variety of technological strategies to facilitate learning and administration.
- Design continuous professional development that requires material and human resources to support learning and teaching.
Ethics and Integrity
- Share the belief and understanding that all children will learn
- Demonstrate an ethic of care and empathy that promotes academic success, social and emotional health and moral connectedness within the school and society.