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West Liberty University to offer new concentration areas for education programs

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s College of Education and Human Performance has new options for students seeking a master’s in education degree program.

“Our master of arts in education degree program is offering new concentration areas that are exciting choices for professionals. The best thing about these new concentrations is they are convenient and built around 100 percent online or remote coursework,” said Nicole Ennis, director of the master of education program.

The three new areas, which begin in the fall, are:

• Leadership in education administration track is a full master’s program and offers the possibility of a post-master certificate for principal or superintendent qualifications for professional educators seeking these qualifications.

The degree enables students to pursue a degree in the field of school leadership and gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to serve as a school principal, supervisor of general instruction or superintendent.

• Visual art education track is a full master’s degree program designed for those certified as art teachers but seeking master’s-level qualification.

The degree is designed for students who already have an approved visual art teacher certification. The goal of the program is to improve the student’s knowledge and skills of visual art education teaching and learning practice. This program is the only fully online graduate art education program in West Virginia.

• Instructional design for learning track. This degree is not specific to teachers, but is open for all interested professionals who seek qualifications to enter the field of virtual education of any type.

The degree enables students to pursue a degree in the field of virtual education. The instructional designer’s role provides consistent, engaging and aligned courses regardless of delivery method and this degree is open to all professionals, not just teachers.

Students are encouraged to apply now for any of these programs, which start in fall.

The master of arts in education program at WLU is a 30-credit hour program that includes 12 credit hours of required education common core courses and 18 credit hours of courses in the student’s area of emphasis.

Courses are scheduled in two eight-week terms during the fall and spring semesters, and two six-week terms during the summer.

“We keep it personal, even though these master’s degree programs are online, we are always here to help,” said Ennis.

Prior to joining WLU, Ennis was a teacher and teacher leader in public education for 16 years. She has worked as a preschool and special education teacher, reading specialist, principal and assistant superintendent and is a graduate of WLU with a bachelor’s in elementary education and special education. She earned a master’s in reading education from Marshall University and principal and superintendent certification from Salem International University. She is a 2017 graduate of Robert Morris University with a Ph.D. in instructional management and leadership.

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