University launches online degree for education administrators

posted on Tuesday, Mar 08 2011

Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia now offers a master's degree in education leadership via online learning, The Intelligence Wheeling News-Register reported.

Through the graduate program's distance learning format, students have the ability to complete the degree in 12 months, according to the news source. Adding to the track's flexibility is its rolling admissions process, which allows individuals to decide when they will begin their coursework.

Students who enroll in the program have the ability to choose from two possible learning tracks. The first focuses on school and system leadership, while the second is intended for individuals interested in instructional leadership.

"Our academic rigor and value-based approach will provide educators with the global knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century," Richard A. Beyer, university president, told the news outlet.

Connie Myer, director of the university's Professional Education department, told the news source that the online track provides students with an opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree and then complete a graduate program in one year.

Those who complete the master's degree can launch careers as school principals and superintendents. Employment opportunities for education administrators are expected to increase by 8 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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