Community Education Research and Leadership


This area of emphasis aids individuals in the development of becoming professional educators, researchers, and leaders in non-formal environments and non-profit organizations. Coursework includes program development evaluation, fundraising and development, non-profit management, and non-formal education models. Successful candidates seek to improve community relationships and involvement in their non-formal and/or non-profit institutes.

The M.A.Ed. requires 36 credit hours (12 courses) and can be completed in 1-2 years depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Each course is held in an 8-week session, and each semester (fall, spring, summer) has 2 sessions. The Education Core courses are offered either online or face-to-face each semester. Face-to-face courses are held one day a week from 5:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the West Liberty University Highlands Center.

Education Core Courses (18 hours)


Each of these required courses are offered every semester.

  • EDUC 502 Professional Writing
  • EDUC 503 Technology Applications
  • EDUC 506 Motivation and the Development of Creativity
  • EDUC 512 Assessment and Analysis for Teaching – Learning
  • EDUC 553 Law and Liability
  • EDUC 581 Research and Capstone (must be taken during the last semester)

Area of Emphasis Courses (18 hours)


Required courses:

  • EDUC 517 Non-Formal Education Models
  • EDUC 528 Non-Profit Management
  • EDUC 543 Flexible and Creative Learning Environments
  • EDUC 548 Program Development and Evaluation
  • EDUC 558 Fundraising and Development
  • EDUC 572 Internship

To view the descriptions of the above courses, click on the current WLU Catalog and go to pages 204-206. Admitted students can view their degree plan in DegreeWorks by accessing WINS.

For more information, please contact the advisor for this area of emphasis:

Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas
Assistant Professor of Education/Director of Community Education
West Liberty University
Office: 308A Main Hall
304-336-8561
[email protected]