SNU Leadership Q&A with Kent Shellenberger, EdD – Former Superintendent of Bethany Public Schools - Presented by Southern Nazarene University
For what employment positions/roles will this degree prepare me?
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) program through Southern Nazarene University prepares teachers and coaches for many positions in our Oklahoma pk-12 schools. We typically think of Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent as Educational Leadership positions -- and they are! However, there are many other positions that we have graduates serving in such as Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Director, Curriculum Director, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations and many more. We also have graduates that are now serving in higher education and serving in management positions in charter schools and in business and public service.
I am a busy teacher, what would my time commitment look like?
This program is tailored for the educator who is currently teaching and who may have other responsibilities with extra-curricular activities like coaching or running after-school programs. The MAEL degree takes 18-20 months, depending on the scheduled breaks. Cohort groups meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 -10:00pm. with breaks for holiday weeks as well as other scheduled breaks during the program. Classes are taught by school administrators and other practitioners - so information and experiences are current and relevant. SNU respects the life of the student and realizes that they may have many responsibilities. Assignments and activities are pertinent to the professional responsibilities of each student.
I am nervous about the certification tests, how can SNU help me prepare?
SNU offers test prep sessions during the year and this really helps students pass those certification tests. Test sessions are taught by graduates that have recently passed the tests and Dr. Case the MAEL program director. Dr. Case has been involved with the certification testing program for many years. The test prep sessions are free to the SNU student/graduate.
I live outside a major city, how would I take part in a MAEL cohort group?
SNU is unique as we have offered satellite groups throughout the state, such as Broken Bow, Ponca City, McAlester, Duncan, Sallisaw, and other cities. Students get to attend class close to home, and the networking among these cohorts will last the rest of your career. We also have cohorts that start every year at the Tulsa/SNU campus and the main campus in Bethany and one online group that starts every March. If you have questions on when/where our next start is, please call or email.
*Note: SNU has a full time employee that will help guide the student with loan forgiveness and other offerings with students that teach in Title 1 schools.