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Educational Leadership Master's Degree
About the program

There has never been a more critical time for great leaders to provide guidance for our schools. Study with faculty who are outstanding researchers and recognized leaders in the field. You can earn a master's degree and prepare for licensing as a building-level administrator completely online. This program also offers the option to become a teacher leadership specialist.

This 36-credit hour program was designed with working professionals in mind and consists of twelve graduate level courses, which are generally spread over a three-year period. Up to nine of these credit hours may be transferred from other institutions if the coursework fits into your overall goals and the program structure. Advisors are available to discuss your career goals and potential transfer of completed course credits.

If you prefer to take a course before committing to a degree program, you may enroll as a non-degree-seeking student. It is possible to apply your course work toward the degree if you are later admitted to the program.

Degree Requirements
Core Courses (27 cr.)

  • A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • A510 School-Community Relations
  • A515 Teacher Development and Evaluation (Includes skills based on state teacher evaluation models)
  • A608 Legal Perspectives on Education
  • A624 The Principalship K-12
  • A629 Data Informed Decision Making for School Leaders
  • A635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting
  • A695 Practicum in Educational Leadership
  • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum

Possible Strand Courses (9 cr.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Strand

  • C565 Introduction to College and University Administration
  • U544 Introduction to Student Affairs Work in Higher Education
  • U556 Applying Student Development Theory to Practice 

Leadership in Educational Organizations Strand

  • A560 Politics of Education 
  • H504 History of American Education 
  • H520 Education and Social Issues 

Learning Sciences Strand

  • P507 Educational Assessment 
  • P540 Learning and Cognition in Education 
  • P574 Topical Seminar - Learning Sciences

School Law Strand

  • A615 Advanced School Law
  • A675 Leadership in Special Education 
  • A720 Special Topics - Legal Research Methods