Leadership Studies


This area of emphasis prepares professionals for leadership positions within their chosen profession and the understanding of why and how great leaders flourish in society. Coursework includes leadership theories, human relations of leadership, organizational structure, politics within an organization, understanding employee characteristics, and application to practical, real-life leadership opportunities.

Common Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)

  • EDUC 506 Motivation and the Development of Creativity
  • EDUC 502 Professional Writing
  • EDUC 503 Technology Applications
  • EDUC 512 Assessment and Analysis for Teaching – Learning
  • EDUC 553 Law and Liability
  • EDUC 581 Research and Capstone

Area of Emphasis (12 Credit Hours)

  • EDL 500 Leadership Theory
  • EDL 520 Human Resources and Personnel Issues

Select 2 of the Following from List Below

  • EDL 543 Policy and Governance in Higher Education
  • EDL 557 Creative Leaders and Innovative Thinkers
  • EDL 562 Data Driven Decision Making or EDUC 548 Program Development and Evaluation
  • EDL 589 Community and Media Relations

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Graduate courses from West Liberty University or another regionally accredited college or university that offers graduate courses may be accepted. The graduate student should consult with their academic advisor for approval of elective courses.

Click to see the complete Graduate Course Descriptions (page 213 – 218).

Click to download the complete Planning Check Sheet (will be available soon).

Each of the classes are 3 credit-hours. They will meet as face to face and on-line to equal fifteen (15) sessions during an eight week time period during a regular semester or a six week time period during a summer session. When the courses meet face to face they will be conducted at the West Liberty Highlands Center in Wheeling, WV.

Complete the Degree Plan at the completion of 18 hours. This plan needs to be given to your Graduate Advisor for signature and then submitted to the Director of Graduate Education. You will receive a signed copy in return to confirm the acceptance of your courses and remaining program requirements. Official transcripts are required to be to be sent to WLU’s registrar before any transfer credits can be added to your West Liberty University transcript. Click to download Degree Plan form.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Bill Baronak
West Liberty University Highlands Center
College Union Box 198
355 Wharton Circle – Suite 200
Triadelphia, WV  26059
304-217-2800
[email protected]