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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. 
  • 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

Master’s of Education in Instructional Leadership
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is the Master’s of Education in Instructional Leadership (MEIL) program? It is an innovative program model that combines the resources and expertise of WVSU’s education department to create opportunities for potential school administrators to explore and apply new techniques and concepts in instructional leadership and attain an advanced degree.   It is decided that the department will focus on a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis on the concepts of Social Justice, Fairness and Equity, the first of its kind in West Virginia. 

2. Where is the Program offered? The program is offered to all licensed educators in an on-line format.  County school systems may work with the University to create a cohort model of studies. 

3. When is enrollment open? The MEIL has open enrollment.  To receive immediate provisional acceptance, WVSU needs a completed application, the application fee and a copy of your teaching license.  You may begin our program when the next eight weeks course is offered.

4. What certification will I receive from the program? All degree and Licensure program completers will receive certification in School Administration Pre-K through 12, Supervisor of Instruction and SuperintendencyWVSU is one of only three universities in the state to offer all three areas of certification. 

5. Who teaches the classes? Classes are taught by full-time faculty of WVSU as well as by highly qualified and experienced adjunct faculty for selected courses. Adjunct instructors have included Upshur County Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus, Mary C. Snow Principal Dr. Cathryn Carena and WVSU Provost Dr. Charles Byers.

6. Where and when are classes held? The MEIL program will offer open and rolling enrollment for fall, spring and summer semesters.  Because the program utilizes open enrollment, there will be no elective courses—WVSU will offer the same 12 courses in rotating sequence with each course designated as fall, spring or summer semester course offering, with each course three semester hours of credit, the WVSU MIL Degree program will consist of 36 credit hours of required courses. The WVSU MIL Licensure program will require eighteen credit hours in addition to the previously earned Master’s degree.

7. How long does it take to complete the program? Students will have the opportunity to complete two courses per eight week course schedule, and projections are for Licensure students to complete the program in 1-2 years and Degree stream candidates to complete the program in 2 years.

8. What is the length of each course?  Classes in the MEIL program are offered on-line in vigorous eight-week courses.  The Internship course is a fifteen week class divided into three sections—School Administration, Superintendency and Curriculum Director.

9. Why is the WVSU MEIL degree program a good option for me?
This hands-on, innovative and exciting program allows instructional leaders to create pathways for the successful achievement of educational goals for students and staff members.
This program will provide an opportunity for administrative licensure successful completions of requirements of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). 
To increase student achievement in the public schools of the region, state and nation, the proposed program will develop the professional knowledge skills and dispositions of Instructional Leadership candidates so that they may demonstrate their ability to achieve the following:
  • To expand the knowledge base and practices of potential educational leaders, including identifying and implementing components of change leadership for student achievement, professional development and community relations.
  • To provide a positive, action-based series of learning opportunities for the completion of a Master degree and/or licensure for positions of instructional leadership.
  • Integrate historical, legal, developmental, and sociological research to meet the instructional needs of all student populations.
  • Design, develop, conduct and share findings from action research projects that address meeting the needs of diverse students, staff and communities.
  • Through study of evidence based practice and current trends, identify, develop and integrate educational technology to increase student achievement.
  • Increase instructional leadership skills in communications, evaluation, and networking to be responsive to the needs of a variety of public school audiences.
  • To identify and explore diverse student populations, their unique needs, and methods to insure development of their personal goals and academic success.
10.How do I apply? Complete the on-line application packet at 
For additional information, contact program Coordinator Dr. Mickey Blackwell at
MEIL Application

Completed applications and supporting documentation may be emailed to Dr. Mickey Blackwell at 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
Dr. J. Paige
Dr. J. Paige Carney
Professor of Education
Phone: (304) 766-3313
Dr. Kelli
Dr. Kelli Epling
Phone: (304) 766-3253
Dr. Emily
Dr. Emily  Waugh
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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