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Master of Education in Instructional Leadership (MEIL)

The Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program creates opportunities for educators to expand their skills and advance into administrative positions. The curriculum is focused on the exploration and application of new techniques and concepts that help instructional leaders to create pathways to success for students and staff members. Our coursework emphasizes social justice, fairness and equity and is grounded in research-based strategies.

The program provides two career pathways: a Licensure Option for candidates who are entering the program holding a master’s degree and a Master’s Degree Option for candidates who are seeking a master’s. Each option begins with foundational courses and progresses to more advanced topics that impart the content and skills necessary for success. WVSU’s Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This program provides opportunity for licensure for School Administration, Supervisor of Instruction, and Superintendency. 
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image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAdmission Requirements
  • An undergraduate degree in Education or a related field.
  • GPA – a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4 point scale for all undergraduate work from accredited institution(s) with an MAT score of 380 (GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of 144) or
    • GPA of 2.6 and MAT score of 385 (GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of 146) or
    • GPA of 2.5 and MAT score of 390 (GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of 148) or
    • Exceptional expertise in the field of Education as demonstrated through an interview with the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Successful Test of English as a Foreign Language scores for those whose native language is not English.
  • Professional Educator License from a State Department of Education.
  • Resume/CV documenting successful professional experiences, commitment to community service and professional development.
  • A personal statement indicating the applicant’s aspirations and reasons for pursuing the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership at WVSU.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s professional and/or personal qualities.
Licensure Option (18 credit hours, in addition to currently-held Masters):
  • EDUC 600: Principles of Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 610: Educational Policy and Law
  • EDUC 620: Change, Innovation and Professional Development in Education
  • EDUC 630: Financial and Human Resource Management of Schools
  • EDUC 640: Data-Based Decision Making for School Improvement
  • EDUC 650: Internship
Master's Degree Option (Licensure plus 18 credit hours; 36 total credit hours)
  • EDUC 605: Addressing Diversity through Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 615: Ethical Leadership for Social Justice
  • EDUC 625: Technology for Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 635: Leadership in Diverse Communities
  • EDUC 645: Action Research in Educational Leadership I
  • EDUC 655: Action Research in Educational Leadership II

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MEIL Application

Completed applications and supporting documentation may be emailed to Adele Thumm ( or brought to 626 Wallace Hall for processing. 

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mickey
Dr. Mickey  Blackwell
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-5108
Dr. Stephanie
Dr. Stephanie Burdette
Assessment Coordinator, Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3105
Dr. R. Charles
Dr. R. Charles Byers
Phone: (304) 766-4367
Cathryn Carena
Phone: (304) 766-3253
Dr. J. Paige
Dr. J. Paige Carney
Dean College of Professional Studies / Professor of Education
Phone: (304) 766-3313
Dr. Kelli
Dr. Kelli Epling
Phone: (304) 766-3253
Ms. Adele
Ms. Adele Thumm
Manager of Clinical & Field Experiences
Phone: (304) 766-3253
Dr. Emily
Dr. Emily  Waugh
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-5192

Contact Information

For more information about the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program, please contact:

Dr. Mickey Blackwell, Program Coordinator
Department of Education
West Virginia State University
Box 1000, 619 Wallace Hall
Institute, WV, 25112

Congratulations to our MEIL graduating class of December 2019
Congratulations to our MEIL graduating class of December 2019!

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