The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare candidates with advanced knowledge and skills in leading and managing a school committed to the success of all students. This educational leadership online Master’s program focuses on preparing candidates to serve as the instructional leader in the school, ensuring both a supportive environment and rich learning experiences for students and adults. Candidates learn to effectively engage the systems within which schooling is embedded by understanding and applying principles of system theory in their planning, decision making, curriculum development, and change processes. They examine the relationships among social justice, school culture, and student achievement and are challenged to work for a school vision and culture of high expectations and equitable opportunities for all students. Additionally, candidates for an online educational leadership Master’s degree gain foundational knowledge in organizational theory and educational research. This program is ideal for working professionals seeking to grow their career through an online program in education.
K - 12 Administrator, Assistant Principal, Teacher Leader, Program Coordinator, Instructional Supervisor, Director, or Department Head
The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program is for those who have completed their undergraduate studies, hold a teaching certificate, and are interested in becoming a K-12 administrator. The program is offered online. The program requires students who are currently principals are able to submit a professional portfolio to be reviewed for consideration of waiving Internship II (EDL 687).
The elective course is a sociology course SOC 506 OR SOC 593
EDL 515 Executive Leadership and Decision Making (3). This course will focus on the theories of leadership and their influence on educational systems. It will develop problem analysis and solution skills and ethical approaches to decision making.
EDL 516 Managerial Finance (3). This course will focus on sources of funding for schools with an emphasis on equity and adequacy of funding formulas for all students. It includes both human and financial resource allocation to improve student learning.
EDL 529 Introduction to Management and Leadership (3). This course will examine the components of organizational and educational leadership needed to collaborate with others in developing and implementing a vision of quality and equitable education for all students, and for effectively leading and managing a school community.
EDL 537 Curriculum Theory and Development (3). This course studies the theories of curriculum, curricula development reform, school reform, and diversity issues for the principal’s role as instructional leader.
EDL 627 Legal Issues in Education (3). This course will focus on the legal rights and responsibilities of administrators, students, teachers and community.
EDL 647 Supervision of Staff and Staff Development (3). This course will focus on the ways of facilitating staff effectiveness in achieving professional goals and improving instruction.
EDL 677 Internship I (3). This course provides field experiences and in-depth analysis of the demands, realities, and expectations of practicing administrators.
EDL 687 Internship II (3) (required for all students who are not currently principals). This course consists of a supervised practicum experience for administrative candidates to demonstrate competency with national standards for the Preparation of School Principals.
EDL 512 Organizational Theory and Management (3). This course is designed to study organizational principles and organizational systems, theories and processes affecting leadership, and management of planned change.
EDL 602 Introduction to Educational Research (3). This course is designed to prepare administrative candidates for their role as educated consumers of research.