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.

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:

  • EDL 500 Leadership Theory (fall)
  • EDL 520 Human Resources and Personnel Issues (spring)

Select 4 of the following courses:

  • 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
  • EDL 521 Strategic Educational Planning and Change

To view the descriptions of the above courses, click on the current WLU Catalog and go to pages 204-207. 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. William Baronak
Associate Professor of Education
West Liberty University Highlands Center
Office Number 227
304-217-2800 ext. 6
[email protected]