Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Experienced classroom teachers who have an inner passion for facilitating student achievement and school improvement will find the graduate degree in educational leadership a crucial next step in their career programming. Emphasizing a comprehensive curriculum, flexibility, and individual student advisement, the master's program provides essential leadership training for future school supervisors and principals. The cohort-based course of study offers an accelerated opportunity to complete the master's degree in less than three years.

Graduate students interested in careers in supervision or as school principals enjoy the program's emphasis on educational leadership and strategies for working in complex organizations. The program's four primary strands include the development and understanding of leadership styles; a comprehensive look at organizational development, school culture, and perceptions of power; the blending of theory and practice; and an assessment of curriculum development and how people learn.

Teachers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are eligible to enroll in the master's program in educational leadership which, in addition to the full master's, offers an 18-credit hour certification program for individuals with an existing master's degree. Participation in either track provides eligibility for certification as an Administrator I (Assistant in Administration, Supervisor in Instruction, or Supervisor in Central Administration). Students seeking Administrator II (Principal) certification are required to successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment exam.

The educational leadership program may be taken full-time (to be completed in 18-24 months) or part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years). The M.A. degree requires 45 credit hours, including 6 thesis credits. All master's students in educational leadership are required to complete a full-year internship. Working closely with advisors and site supervisors, students devise an internship experience structured to meet their individual professional needs. Interning at their own schools, students collaborate professionally with their principals.

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