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Master of Educational Leadership (MEL)

ONLINE Career Advancement Programs for Educators

School or System Leadership

Leads to licensure as Principal, General Supervisor, or Superintendent



Designed for classroom teachers, teacher leaders, or others wanting to gain leadership skills

Research-based, cutting-edge program offers flexibility and practical timeline

  • These MEL graduate programs provide educators with global knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Both 33-credit programs are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working educators and can be completed in approximately one year-summer, fall semester, spring semester, and the next summer.
  • These highly focused programs provide real-world, field-based residency experiences in a school or school system of your choice with WJU approval.
  • West Virginia licensure is transferrable to most other states through reciprocity agreements.
  • Students conduct authentic action research or other capstone project and complete professional portfolios designed for personal advancement.

Sequence of Study Certificate Program offers Added Value

  • An educator currently holding a Master's degree in Education may design his or her own course work to gain expertise in a particular area of education leadership. Courses approved by the program director can result in attainment of a certificate in a particular sequence of study. Sequences of study may lead to additional endorsements and may be important value added to the educator's resume. They may enhance the educator's professional marketability or provide solutions to on-the-job issues and site-specific concerns. This course work can lead to professional advancement and potential jumps on the salary scale.
  • An individual holding a non-education Bachelor's degree may contact the Wheeling Jesuit University Accelerated Certification for Teaching (ACT) Director to discuss requirements for attaining a professional teaching certificate that would then make him or her eligible for the Master's in Education Leadership program.

Wheeling Jesuit University Educational Leadership Program, which is designed to offer graduate programs in School, System, and Instructional Leadership, is granted Initial accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from October 2012 to October 2017.  This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC's quality principles.

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