Mount Union to Offer MA in Educational Leadership

January 03, 2011

Beginning in the fall of 2012, Mount Union will offer its second graduate-level program on campus. After much research regarding high-demand graduate offerings was completed, a master of arts degree in educational leadership (MAEL) has been approved.
The program is a two-year, cohort-based initiative that will be offered primarily online. 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.
“The program is hybrid in nature, offering an optimal blend of convenience and connection with online coursework during the traditional academic year and intensive on-campus summer residency semesters,” said Dr. Thomas Gannon, director of graduate leadership studies, co-chair of the Department of Education and professor of education. “A two-day orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester will bring students to campus and introduce them to the program and their fellow classmates while providing networking and learning opportunities with experts in the field.”
Referring to the online nature of the program, Dr. Melissa Askren Edgehouse ‘99, instructional design specialist for the MAEL program and assistant professor of education, indicated that it has been designed for technology novices and experts alike. Students in the program will be exposed to emerging technologies while nurturing a comfort level with the use of such innovative systems. Use of these programs will not only prepare graduate students for the use of such technology in their professional work, but also enhance learning in the program and engagement with faculty and fellow classmates.
Students in the program will take two online courses during the fall and spring semesters for two consecutive years. According to Dr. Mandy (Geddis ’98) Capel, assistant professor of education and member of the MAEL program development team, 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 will engage in a yearlong internship experience designed to align with his or her current work setting.
The University will begin the application process for the program following the expected approval from the Ohio Board of Regents and Higher Learning Commission. The inaugural orientation session is scheduled to be held August 12-13, 2011.
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