ALLIANCE, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Mount Union has announced that it has transitioned its blended Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program (MAEL) to a strictly online degree.
The MAEL program, approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Higher Learning Commission, is completing its fifth year at the University. It has been rooted in online learning throughout its time at Mount Union; however, students also have had a summer institute on campus each year.
The transition from a blended to an online-only program is a major step for the University, as it seeks to enhance accessibility for working professionals hoping to continue their education and further their careers.
"Moving our outstanding MAEL program to a completely online delivery is our first big step toward fulfilling our commitment to meet the needs of working professionals seeking high quality graduate programs," said Mount Union President Dick Merriman. "We're excited by the opportunity to serve education professionals from our region and across the country."
Teaching professionals in the MAEL program receive critical leadership skills to move into positions such as instructional coordinator, department chair, athletic director, or school administrator.
Although the program is structured to meet the educational needs of teaching professionals nationally and beyond, the program offers those that may be working in Ohio an Ohio Licensure Pathway. As the University is approved through the ODHE to offer the Ohio Principal's License (PreK-6, 4-9 and 4-12) and the CIPD License (Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development), the MAEL program is designed to offer flexibility and versatility.
"Mount Union's M.A. in Educational Leadership Program retains personal connections between faculty and students through an active and engaged online community," said Dr. Mandy Capel, associate professor of education and director of the MAEL program. "Whether you choose to focus on building or district leadership, earning your M.A. from Mount Union's online program will give you the skills you need to succeed."
The University is also offering a five percent tuition discount for Mount Union undergraduate alumni enrolling in the program and a ten percent discount for students who are one of three or more enrolled from the same school district in the same semester.
The MAEL program is currently accepting applications with rolling admission. The deadline for applications is April 30.
For more information on Mount Union's MAEL program, visit mountunion.edu/mael.
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SOURCE University of Mount Union