Organizational Leadership

Master of Education
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Institutions need leaders who have a strong understanding organizational dynamics. NCU’s master’s degree in Organizational Leadership specialization will advance your skills as an effective organizational leader in areas such as conflict resolution, organizational capacity and executive leadership. You will develop a strong knowledge base in the practice of leadership in a variety of fields and examine the intrinsic role of mission, vision, purpose and core values in the development of an organization. In addition, you will learn the essential elements of effective leadership, dynamic cultures and an interactive community, and their influence in shaping organizational health and wellness.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Organizational Development

In this course, students will explore the theoretical and practical underpinnings of organizational development. Particular emphasis is placed on examining and understanding the intrinsic role of mission, vision, purpose, and core values in the development of an organization. Students examine the essential elements of effective leadership, dynamic culture, and interactive community and their influence in shaping organizational health and wellness.


Resolving Conflict

In this course, students will examine conflict management processes and skills with emphasis on interaction patterns, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills. Students will also examine the nature of conflict - its origins, sources, and types - as well as the concepts and skills of proactive intervention, conflict resolution and utilizing various conflict resolution strategies in organizational settings.


Organization Capacity

Organizations are constantly remaking themselves to stay current with best practices. Organizational leaders are at the helm of identifying needs and developing organizational potential. An organization’s ability to reach a certain performance potential is known as “capacity”. When an organization is operating at capacity, it is able to use resources to accomplish goals and meet expectations. Organizational leaders are responsible for promoting capacity to improve the performance at all levels. In this course, graduate students will explore the intersection of leadership strengths and organizational capacity.


Leading for Change

Organizations change as they respond to their environment. Leaders who understand the change process are better equipped to guide their organizations when the conditions within which they operate are in flux. This course is for students who desire to be change agents. They recognize that leading change requires the alignment of values with vision, mission, and organizational goals. They are committed to continued growth in skill and knowledge, and are eager to apply their leadership talents to foster positive organizational change.


Leader as Coach

In this course, students will gain the knowledge of developing quality organizational leaders within the framework of a professional learning community. Coaching practices and approaches will be analyzed and characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of a good coach will be identified and related to the support and retention of educators. The precepts of coaching will be applied as students develop a plan for a mentoring program within their own organization. Throughout this course, students will thoroughly explore ways that reflective coaching practice can improve organizations.


Nonprofit Organizations

In this course, students will explore leadership opportunities within nonprofit organizations. Topics include: nonprofit challenges, mission statements, communication strategies, volunteer recruitment and retention, and using data to make decisions.


Strategic Planning

In this course, students will be provided with requisite skills to be effective strategic managers. This course is about both the design and execution of management strategies. Students will develop skills to think systematically and strategically about aspects of the organization. Students will also develop an understanding of how to implement organizational change through policy to achieve goals.


Systemic Leadership: Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics

In this course, students are introduced to the organizational components of systems thinking. Mastery of course concepts is demonstrated through synthesizing the guidelines of systems thinking to an organization. Topics include: concept maps, solution brainstorming, short-term vs. long-term solutions, decision-making, and performance capacity.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $19,190
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.