West Virginia State University to Begin Offering Master’s in Instructional Leadership


INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) will begin offering a new, online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree beginning with the spring 2017 semester.

The new program will feature an emphasis on the concepts of social justice, fairness and equity, making it the first of its kind in West Virginia.

“This program is designed to prepare graduate students to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to improve teaching and learning in school settings,” said Dr. J. Paige Carney, dean of the WVSU College of Professional Studies.

The degree program can provide students with a Leadership Certificate upon completion of 18 hours of courses and Certification Testing, if they already possess a master’s degree.  For those seeking a master’s degree, the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership can be completed with 36 hours.   

Classes in the program are offered online in intensive eight-week courses, and students will have the opportunity to complete two courses per eight week course schedule. Projections are for licensure students to complete the program in one to two years and degree stream candidates to complete the program in two to four years.

Classes will be taught by full-time faculty of WVSU as well as by highly qualified and experienced adjunct faculty.

For more information about the new Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, contact Dr. Mickey Blackwell, graduate coordinator, at mblackwell1@wvstateu.edu or (304) 766-5108.