M.Ed. Educational Leadership


M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Online

Flexible, affordable, and quality education offering programs leading to Texas Principal Certification with the possibility to graduate as early as one year.

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 workforce 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 technology into all aspects of the school
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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 $50 : 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.)


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  Data-Driven Instruction 
EDUC 5315 Instructional Coaching for School Leaders (personnel) 
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 Practicum I
EDUC 5323 Practicum II
PCP 0001 Principal Certification Prep Course

Course Sequences

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program Course Sequence

Semester Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Fall 1 ( 8 weeks ) EDUC 5314- Data-Driven Instruction EDUC 5322 Practicum I

15 Weeks Long

Fall 2 ( 8 weeks ) EDUC 5320- Communication for School Leaders 
Spring 1 ( 8 weeks ) EDUC 5315- Instructional Coaching for School Leaders (personnel) EDUC 5323 – Practicum II

15 Weeks long

Spring 2 ( 8 weeks ) EDUC 5329 – Organizational Management
Summer 1 ( 6 weeks ) EDUC 5324-Integrating Technology into Education EDUC 5327 -Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Education
Summer 2 ( 6 weeks ) EDUC 5319– School Budgeting and Resource Management EDUC 5328 -Action Research


100% Online
Flexible, Affordable & Quality Education

Resident Total Tuition

$310 per credit hr

International Total Tuition

$487 per credit hr

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.