WJU designs program to cater to student needs
Wheeling Jesuit University is launching a new online master’s degree program in education leadership (MEL) that can be completed in as little as one year. The program was designed to offer “real career advancement for both working educators and for those just entering the teaching profession.”
“Our new online MEL program will allow Wheeling Jesuit to extend its mission and meet the increasing demand of providing schools locally and around the world with high-quality education leaders, Richard A. Beyer, university President said. “Our academic rigor and value-based approach will provide educators with the global knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
For prospective students, the MEL conveniently program features rolling admissions and a flexible start date. If accepted, any interested student can begin working on the online master’s degree program at any time. Each enrolled student is assigned an adviser, who will help to customize the program and ensure that individual needs are met. The online format allows the program to adjust accordingly to common student concerns like work schedules or family responsibilities. Licensure gained through the MEL program is transferrable to most states.
The program offers students two different focus areas to choose from:
- A graduate degree in school and system leadership with licensure as a school principal, curriculum supervisor and superintendent
- A graduate degree in instructional leadership
To date, several students have already enrolled in the online master’s degree program and have provided positive feedback about its interactivity and hands-on nature. WJU faculty members are equally excited.
“Students can potentially complete an undergraduate education degree and leave with a master’s degree in just one additional year,” Connie Myer, director of WJU’s Professional Education Department said. “The program is based on the most recent research, and the instructors have been trained to teach effectively online.”
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