M.Ed. Educational Leadership


M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Online

Flexible, affordable and quality education offering programs leading to Texas Principal Certification with a possibility to graduate as early as in 10 months
Your degree can open the door to leadership positions such as: Principal, Assistant principal, District administrator, etc. Graduates with a master’s degree in educational leadership qualify for teaching and administrative positions at the elementary, middle, and secondary private and public schools as well as postsecondary school levels. Graduates have the opportunity of entering a vast education-related work force including teaching and administrative work in public, private, charter, and governmental institutions.
Students who wish to pursue graduate study directed toward developing leadership knowledge and skills may pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership. The 30-credit hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to becoming effective educational leaders.

Program Goals

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program prepares future school leaders who are forward-looking visionaries, effective communicators, knowledgeable and informed instructional leaders, advocates of technology, and adept resource managers.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program prepares students to become proficient school leaders who:

  1. establish and implement a shared vision of high expectations
  2. create a positive school culture through effective communication and collaboration with a diverse school community
  3. promote the success of all students through rigorous curriculum, effective instructional practices, and data-driven instructional interventions
  4. manage human capital through the selection of highly trained teachers, facilitation of professional learning communities, and comprehensive evaluation program
  5. oversee the integration of cutting-edge technology into all aspects of the school

Admission Requirements

To complete your application packet, please make sure you submit the following items:

  • One year of teaching experience
  • Official Transcripts of all academic work completed at the bachelor level or beyond (an official sealed copy of the transcript(s) indicating the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, may also be received electronically from the issuing institution).
  • A Copy of your complete course evaluation (if undergraduate degree was earned outside the US a course by course analysis is required of the undergraduate transcript by an evaluation company). The course evaluation must be completed by an approved company such as SDR or SpanTran and sent electronically to records@na.edu. Please see attached sheet for additional information.
  • Copy of your current ID (may be scanned and emailed to records@na.edu or uploaded through MyNAU under documents).
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application fee* of $60 : can be paid online at the fees and deposits page (* A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment within three days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) after an enrollment agreement is signed. If a student cancels the enrollment more than three class days after signing an enrollment agreement but prior to attending any class, the student will get a full refund minus the application fee and/or enrollment confirmation fee.)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • English Proficiency must be met if undergraduate degree was received outside the U.S. from a non-English speaking country**
    • Option 1: 2 Years teaching experience in English – verification of work history to be sent directly from the Human Resources department.
    • Option 2: TOEFL ( IBT 79) or equivalent nationally recognized standardized tests(If you cannot prove you are English Proficient from these two common ways, you may still have options. Talk to your admission counselor at 832-362-0129.)
Evaluation Companies


Degree Requirements

For an M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership, students are required to complete 30-semester credit hours of the graduate course work. It includes 6-semester credit hours of 270-clock hours internship. The program requires completion of following courses:

EDUC 5314 Instructional Coaching for School Leaders (personnel)
EDUC 5315 Instructional Leadership (curriculum)
EDUC 5319 School Budgeting and Resource Management
EDUC 5320 Communication for School Leaders
EDUC 5324 Integrating Technology into Education
EDUC 5327 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Education
EDUC 5328 Action Research
EDUC 5329 Organizational Management
EDUC 5322 Internship 1
EDUC 5323 Internship 2


Semester Section Begins Ends Duration
Fall 2019 Fall 1 Aug 19, 2019 Oct 11, 2019 8 weeks
Fall 2019 Fall Break Oct 14, 2019 Oct 18, 2019 1 week
Fall 2019 Fall 2 Oct 21, 2019 Dec 13, 2019 8 weeks
Winter Break : Dec 18, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Spring 2020 Spring 1 Jan 21, 2020 Mar 13, 2020 8 weeks
Spring 2020 Spring Break Mar 16, 2020 Mar 20, 2020 1 week
Spring 2020 Spring 2 Mar 23, 2020 May 15, 2020 8 weeks
Break : May 18 – May 22, 2020
Summer 2020 Summer 1 May 26, 2020 July 2, 2020 6 weeks
Summer 2020 Summer 2 July 6, 2020 Aug 12, 2020 6 weeks

Course Sequences

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program Course Sequence

Semester Duration Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Fall 1, 2019 Aug 19 – Oct 11, 2019
( 8 weeks )
EDUC 5314-Instructional Leadership (non-thesis option) EDUC 5322 Internship-1 (vision, culture, communication, curriculum) (for non-thesis option) or **Students enrolled in thesis option will also take EDUC 5313 this term EDUC 5322 Internship-1 continues …
Fall 2, 2019 Oct 21, – Dec 13, 2019
( 8 weeks )
EDUC 5324 – Integrating Technology into Education (Not required for thesis students) EDUC 5320-Communication for School Leaders … till the end of Fall 2
Winter Break : Dec 21, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Spring 1, 2020 Jan 21, – Mar 13, 2020
( 8 weeks )
EDUC 5328-Action Research – (Internship Option) or EDUC 5325-Research Methods in Education (Thesis option) EDUC 5323 Internship-2 ((strategic operations, instructional coaching) )(non-thesis option) or EDUC 5398 Thesis Research EDUC 5323 Internship-2 continues till the end of Spring 2 for non-thesis option) …
Spring 2, 2020 Mar 23, – May 15, 2020
( 8 weeks )
EDUC 5315-– Instructional Coaching for School Leaders (personnel) EDUC 5329 – Organizational Management … or EDUC 5398 – Thesis Research continues till the end of Spring 2 for thesis students.
Summer 1, 2020 May 26, – Jul 2, 2020
( 6 weeks )
EDUC 5327– Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Education EDUC 5399 – Thesis Writing EDUC 5399 – Thesis Research continues till the …
Summer 2, 2020 Jul 6, – Aug 12, 2020
( 6 weeks )
EDUC 5319– School Budgeting and Resource Management … end of Summer 2



100% Online
Flexible, Affordable & Quality Education


Resident Total Tuition

$263 per credit hr | *$125 per semester fee


International Total Tuition

$463.11 per credit hr | *$125 per semester fee

Educational Leadership Faculty

All faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields and have a vast body of professional experience as campus and/or district leader.

Career Opportunities

The focus of program is to prepare leaders in public school leadership and administration.Here are some of the jobs in education that will allow you to make a difference and have a real impact on the quality of education:

  • Preschool and Childcare Center/Program Administrators
  • Elementary and Secondary School Administrators
  • Postsecondary education Administrators
  • Education Administrators
  • Superintendent
  • School Principal
  • Department Director
  • Curriculum Director
  • Department chair

Key Skills and abilities: leadership, management, community building, and vision.