Wheeling Jesuit University Offers Discounted Tuition to Diocese’s Catholic Educators

WHEELING—Teachers and principals working at any of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s schools are eligible to receive discounted tuition in two programs at Wheeling Jesuit University beginning this fall.

Diocesan educators can receive a 25-percent discount to take classes at Wheeling Jesuit in either the Accelerated Certification for Teaching (ACT) program or the Master’s in Education Leadership (MEL) program.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for Wheeling Jesuit University and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to further educate the devoted teachers serving our youth,” said Becky Forney, director of Professional and Graduate Studies at WJU.

Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of schools for the diocese, said, “The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Schools Office is encouraged by the willingness of Wheeling Jesuit University to help in the development of the next generation of Catholic educators in our schools. This is a true partnership where everyone wins … most importantly the students in our Catholic schools. The diocese is making a commitment to assist our teachers in maximizing their capabilities in the classroom. Wheeling Jesuit is the partner to make this happen.”

Diocesan educators can sign up for the programs throughout the month of August. Fall classes begin Aug. 26. According to Dan Angalich, associate director of enrollment, for WJU’s School of Education, the programs are offered online, which allows teachers, no matter where they may be located, to participate and to advance their education.

The ACT program is an online program that enables teachers to not only earn state certification, but also to add endorsements in various grade and content levels, as well as in special education, Angalich said. The MEL program  allows educators to earn their master’s degree in education leadership entirely online in as little as one year. Students also can earn their principal, superintendent and supervisor of instructions certifications through this program, he added.

“This agreement affords teachers in the Catholic schools across West Virginia a great opportunity to further their education and to add certificates, endorsements, and/or graduate degrees at a discounted tuition rate. Many of the teachers in West Virginia’s Catholic schools have sacrificed in the way of compensation over the years.  This discount will assist them as they continue their education,” Angalich said.

In addition, teachers within the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will be eligible for reimbursement in accordance with the policy of the Department of Catholic Schools.

“Wheeling Jesuit University’s financial investment in our Catholic school teachers speaks to the value they see in Catholic education,” Schmidt added.

For more information about any of Wheeling Jesuit University’s online education programs, contact Angalich at (304) 243-2642 or dangalich@wju.edu.